Peripheral neuropathy is a disease of the nerves in your feet. The sensation in your feet will decrease and you will notice a lack of feeling in your hands and feet. This lack of pain makes you more likely to get injured without knowing it. Peripheral neuropathy can result from such problems as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of the disorder is diabetes.
Symptoms usually begin in your toes. These symptoms can slowly spread up your feet and legs as it progresses. These symptoms may decrease sensation in your feet or mask pain. With a lack of sensation, you may not notice a cut or even a fracture in your foot. Cuts can become infected. Fractures may heal poorly and lead to foot deformity.
- Regular Foot Care – periodic nail and callus trimming
- Check Your Feet Daily – look at the top and bottom of your feet, your heels, and between your toes
- Wear Proper Footwear – always wear shoes and socks, even indoors