Foot neuropathy is a painful condition that makes it difficult to walk. It often occurs as a complication of diabetes. There are different symptoms and problems that result from foot neuropathy---recognizing the signs helps with managing the condition and reducing symptoms.
Foot neuropathy is the result of nerve damage or inflammation in the foot caused by diseases such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease and alcoholism.
Nerve damage creates tingling sensations and foot pain, which affect the feet alone or can radiate up the legs.
As the condition progresses, more severe foot pain---burning, sharp or electrical shock sensations---can interrupt sleep.
If there is significant damage to the nerves, patients experience weakness in muscles of the feet, causing difficulties in walking and maintaining balance and coordination. Changes in pressure (such as from the floor when walking) or temperature of the feet are not easily felt.
Foot neuropathy can lead to the development of ulcers or sores resulting in infections or deformities of feet. Extreme sensitivity to touch can make it difficult to wear shoes.
Manage the medical condition that is causing nerve damage. Check feet daily for any changes. Develop healthy lifestyle choices. Medications and techniques are available to manage pain and other symptoms.