According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 15.7 million people (5.9 percent of the United States population) suffer from diabetes. Nervous system damage (also called neuropathy) impacts about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes. Neuropathy is a significant development that may cause people with diabetes to lose feeling in their feet or hands.
The general concern with a diabetes diagnosis is blood sugar levels and insulin. It is likely that most people newly diagnosed with diabetes do not initially consider their feet as being at issue. Unfortunately, people with diabetes are more inclined to experience multiple foot problems than those without diabetes. The possibility of developing severe nerve impairment called peripheral neuropathy is high with a diagnosis of diabetes. Neuropathy can affect the whole body, but for the most part, it targets the feet and legs. Serious health complications may arise. These complications include nerve damage, which can result in the loss of feeling in the feet, making it difficult to detect pain. Being aware of the danger to the feet and using proper care early can help to minimize or prevent these issues.