Diabetic Neuropathy | Complications

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What will happen if the nerves in my legs and feet are damaged?

If diabetic neuropathy has damaged the nerves in your legs and feet, you may not be able to feel pain in those parts of your body. This is a problem because pain can be a useful signal. If you have no feeling in your feet, you could have an injury and not know it. In addition, your muscles might atrophy (decrease in size), and make it difficult for you to walk. The skin on your feet might crack and develop sores. If these sores do not heal or become infected, they might need to be treated at a hospital. In severe cases, you may need to have your foot amputated (removed). Because diabetes makes it harder for an injury to heal, it's important to take good care of your feet and prevent injuries in the first place.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 03/99

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