Neuropathy is a long-term complication of diabetes. High blood sugar levels can cause damage to the blood vessels that supply nerves with nutrients. In turn this causes damage to the nerve fibres. Depending on the nerve affected the symptoms vary. Peripheral neuropathy is a type of neuropathy that typically affects the feet and legs. It is very common in the diabetic population with up to 50% of people with diabetes affected.
The peripheral nervous system is responsible for sending much of the sensory information from the feet and legs to the brain. When these nerves are disrupted, it may reduce sensation in the feet and make it difficult to sense pain, pressure or temperature. Often there may be burning, numbness, tingling or pins and needles sensations in the feet. Sometimes people complain of sharp, stabbing pains or extreme sensitivity to touch. Peripheral neuropathy can also cause swelling, problems telling the position of the foot, muscle weakness and issues with poor balance and walking.
Problems in the diabetic foot often arise due to an inability to tell if an area of the foot is bearing excess stress or pressure. An insole with an arch, heel cushion and soft top cover can help protect the diabetic foot and provide support to help balance the stresses and pressures applied to the foot.
If you suspect you have diabetic neuropathy please consult with your GP.
The insoles we recommend for diabetic neuropathy are: PURA (5)
Would you like to know more about common foot pain problems before making a choice? You may find one of the following blog articles useful:
Achilles Tendonitis Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Achilles Tendonitis?’ blog to find out more.
Diabetic Neuropathy Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Diabetic Neuropathy?’ blog to find out more.
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction?’ blog to find out more.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?’ blog to find out more.