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May 20, 2002

Complications

Question from San Fernando, Trinidad:

I have had diabetes for three years, and I'm having a lot of burning and pain in my feet with numbness. Can you help me?

Answer:

There are several possible causes for the symptoms. I am not sure it is neuropathy, although it certainly could be. Peripheral arterial insufficiency can cause these symptoms. In addition, I have seen these symptoms in patients who have no other remarkable disease or findings. Please have your feet carefully examined by your doctor.

MS

[Editor’s comment: Also, see Diabetes and Foot Pain at the Diabetes Monitor.

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