For most cases of foot pain stemming from diabetes, it is the result of peripheral neuropathy. Like mononeuropathy, peripheral neuropathy stems from nerve damage. It typically affects the feet and legs first before moving to the arms and hands. However, it affects each person differently. For most people, sharp pains and cramps are common, as are tingling or burning sensations. Some people find that gentle touch causes as much pain as firm pressure on the foot. Damaged nerves eventually lead to other complications, making peripheral neuropathy more severe than mononeuropathy.
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