Many people with diabetes experience foot aches and pains. Naturally, there is some concern about what precisely the foot pain means, what is causing it and if it is dangerous. Up to 50% of people with diabetes experience nerve pain in some form. Additionally, failure to control blood sugar levels almost always causes the pain to worsen and even lead to permanent damage.
One of the less severe causes of foot pain is mononeuropathy or focal neuropathy. Sustained high blood sugar levels can damage the body’s nerves, causing many problems. Mononeuropathy’s name comes from the fact that it affects a single nerve. It often appears suddenly and causes severe pain. Generally, mononeuropathy doesn’t cause any long-term issues and will fade on its own. However, this can take anywhere between a few weeks to several months.
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