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What does diabetic foot pain feel like?

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In brief: Diabetic neuropathy

The pain can be burning in nature, there can be hypersensitivity to touch, there may be combinations of numbness, tingling and burning or complete numbness.

In brief: Diabetic neuropathy

The pain can be burning in nature, there can be hypersensitivity to touch, there may be combinations of numbness, tingling and burning or complete numbness.
Dr. Robert Kornfeld
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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
8 doctors agree

In brief: Burning tingling

Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation).
Most patient’s state the burning occurs at the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. Others say it starts on the legs.

In brief: Burning tingling

Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation).
Most patient’s state the burning occurs at the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. Others say it starts on the legs.
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

Often time the pain is severe or it may feel more like a tingling, shooting pain or numbness.

In brief: Varies

Often time the pain is severe or it may feel more like a tingling, shooting pain or numbness.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

Can be burning, tingling, numb, feeling like ants crawling on you, any altered sensation really.

In brief: Varies

Can be burning, tingling, numb, feeling like ants crawling on you, any altered sensation really.
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain, numbness.

When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time.
They can have pain, tingling, burning, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the pain or tingling, but not much can be done to reverse numbness. See your doctor for an evaluation.

In brief: Pain, numbness.

When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time.
They can have pain, tingling, burning, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the pain or tingling, but not much can be done to reverse numbness. See your doctor for an evaluation.
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Neuropathic pain

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range anywhere from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities.
For some, these symptoms are mild. For others, the symptoms can be severe and disabling.

In brief: Neuropathic pain

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range anywhere from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities.
For some, these symptoms are mild. For others, the symptoms can be severe and disabling.
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