Diabetes and Leg Pain

People with diabetes generally have problems with their extremities such as their hands, feet and legs. This is due mostly to having diabetic neuropathy. This is a group of disorders that are caused by diabetes. It can cause nerve damage throughout the body over a period of time.

Diabetic neuropathy can cause numbness, pain and tingling in hands, feet, arms and legs. It can also cause a loss of feeling. These nerve problems can extend to every bodily organ including the digestive system, sex organs and heart.

Around 60 to 70% of people who have diabetes will experience some form of neuropathy. As a person gets older, the chances of that happening increase. There are several different kinds of neuropathy including peripheral neuropathy which is the most common type. This can cause pain or loss of feeling in the legs, toes and feet.

Proximal neuropathy can also cause pain or weakness in the legs. This is because of problems in the hips, thighs or buttocks. There is also the focal neuropathy which can cause sudden weakness in a specific nerve or group of nerves. This can cause pain or muscle weakness in any part of the body.

Diabetic neuropathy can cause a variety of symptoms including extreme sensitivity to touch, numbness, tingling, burning, prickling, cramps and sharp pains. If you are having these sensations and have not been diagnosed by a doctor, make sure to give your physician a call to let them know what's going on.

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