Neuropathy and Diabetes
In many instances the feet and ankles are the first place to be afflicted by neuropathy. Patients report aching, stabbing, burning of the feet, sharp pains or cramps, pins-and-needles and electric shock sensations. Neuropathy of the legs is often quick to follow. Because increased sensitivity to pressure is also characteristic of neuropathy, patients may feel severe discomfort at the slightest touch. Some patients describe such odd and unpleasant sensations as feeling like their feet are bound tightly, or that something is stuck in between their toes. Peripheral neuropathy pain can develop in many other areas of the body, including arms, hands, lower back, chest and face.