Why can't a diabetic use a heating pad?
The concern over use of a heating pad by a person with diabetes is related to whether he or she has neuropathy . Some people with neuropathy, nerve damage in their feet or hands, may experience a sensation of coldness in the feet or hands. In the case of cold sensation in the feet, some people may apply a heating pad in an attempt to warm their feet. The concern is that people with neuropathy often have decreased feeling in the feet. If one applies a heating pad to an area of neuropathy, the heat generated by the heating pad may not be adequately felt and a burn injury may result. It is important to discuss with your healthcare provider whether a heating pad may be used in your particular situation.
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