Diabetes and Numb Feet

Feet also get affected by diabetes. Diabetes damages the nerves of the feet which leads to numbness in feet. This is known as neuropathy and can also show other symptoms such as pins and needles sensation and severe pain are also experienced. One does not feel the injury in one’s foot. Also diabetes prevents healing and the foot injury may take time to heal. Foot ulcers also develop. Sometimes, the injury is so severe and does not get cured that that particular part needs to be amputated.

The problem of numbness that is neuropathy can also extend to other parts of the body, like for example the digestive tract, heart and sex organs may also get affected.

Causes of Numbness in Foot among Diabetic

  • Metabolic factors- high blood pressure, long duration of diabetes, abnormal blood fat
  • Neurovascular factors- damage to the blood vessels
  • Autoimmune factors- They cause inflammation in nerves
  • Mechanical injury to nerves,such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lifestyle factors– smoking, using alcohol

Symptoms of Numbness

  • Much depends upon the type of neuropathy. Both pain and numbness can occur simultaneously. For others it may just be numbness or pain Sometimes it may be a mild feeling and may go unnoticed for years.v
  • Wasting of the muscles of the feet or hands
  • Indigestion, nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Dizziness or faintness due to a drop in postural blood pressure
  • Erectile dysfunction or impotence or vaginal dryness
  • Problems with urination
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Depression