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As a type one diabetic, I know all the signs.. well almost.

I've had diabetes for 12 years.. I'm pretty good about caring for myself, but i know i could do better.

Just recently I've been having these twitches in my foot. Around the area of the arch and then it escalates in that moment to to the big toe, this is all on my left foot. I was just wondering what this means? I know that my toes can be amputated off. Is this a sign that, this will be heading my way shortly? And can what some more risks that, and effects, that could happen in general?

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replied December 7th, 2011
Diabetes Answer A29214
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The twitches that you have described could be a indicator of benign fasciculations, which can occur even in most normal individuals.

Unless, they are very severe and cause much functional problems, treatment is not needed.

Such conditions actually do not need amputation of toes.

The condition that you are worried about, which may need amputation is diabetic neuropathy induced gangrene of the foot. But this will occur only with foot related injuries.

You might consult with your treating doctor who can examine you and counsel you accordingly.

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