Diabetes Health: Why do my feet feel numb?

January 16, 2019

Have you ever noticed numbness or feelings of pins and needles in your feet? This can be a sign of nerve damage, often called diabetic neuropathy. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. Neuropathy is a health issue that affects more than 20 million people in the United States.

While numb feet are commonly associated with diabetes, neuropathy has many potential causes. Some of them include nerve trauma, alcoholism, and infections like Lyme disease. Find a list of underlying issues here.

When your feet start to feel numb, your first instinct may be to look for reasons why. As it turns out, treating underlying conditions can help manage neuropathy symptoms.

So, if you start to feel any signs of numbness or pain in your hands, fingers, feet or toes, talk to your doctor or CDE. They will be able to help determine the cause of the numbness and provide potential next steps.



Do you currently have feelings of numbness in your feet? Have you seen a podiatrist and been checked for neuropathy? Let us know your story in the comments below.


Interested in learning more about neuropathy? Read The Truth About Diabetic Foot Numbness

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Chris Hobbs

I have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy in my legs and feet because of me being type 2 diabetic. I don’t have pins and needles as a feeling in my feet I have the feeling of like I’m loosing the feeling in the bottom of my toes and it feels like I’m walking on extra pairs of socks in the crease of my toes and the ball area of my feet. My doctor says that there is nothing that we can do to fix this issue because the nerves are dead and you can’t bring them back around. Is there… Read more »