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Are loss of balance and neuropathy related?

Loss of balance and neuropathy are related.  The nerves in our feet are important for being able to sense temperature, vibration and sharp objects.  In addition, the nerves are constantly communicating with our brain relaying information on joint position sense (i.e. where our toes and feet are in relation to our body) which is essential for maintaining proper balance.  Neuropathy causes damage to these nerve fibers so in addition to causing numbness and the inability to sense different temperatures, it can also cause difficulty with balance.  

 

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