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Patented Diabetic Monofilament for Neuropathy Test

To check for neuropathy, the doctor should perform a monofilament test as a measure of sensation. In this simple yet sensitive evaluation the monofilament, which is a piece of plastic fiber resembling a fishing line, is touched against various parts of the sole of the patient’s foot, and the patient's ability to feel it at varying pressure is assessed. This gives the doctor an idea of the sensitivity of the patient's feet over time and whether nerve damage is occurring.

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Peripheral neuropathy (PN), or nerve damage of the extremities, is one of the most common complications of diabetes (60 percent of all people with the disease develop it at some point). Symptoms include burning, tingling, numbness, a prickly sensation (like "pins and needles"), and muscle weakness. Neuropathy is the result of chronically high blood sugars, so the best way to prevent it is to maintain good glucose control.