As it turns out, the nerve cells in our feet
, much like every other cell in our body, depend on a continuous supply of oxygen to function optimally.
This essential oxygen is drawn into the body through the lungs, then directed to the heart, and finally distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. This intricate system operates seamlessly until the aging process begins to take its toll.
That's because, with aging comes a natural reduction in total body water, resulting in decreased fluid in the bloodstream and a lower blood volume.
As a consequence, there's a diminishing supply of blood in the body, making it increasingly challenging for the heart to deliver adequate oxygen to cells scattered across various body parts.
This situation worsens, particularly for individuals with diabetes. Excess blood sugar in diabetics diminishes the elasticity of blood vessels, causing them to narrow further.
.....This narrowing exacerbates the problem by impeding blood flow even more.
Due to this intricate interplay, the oxygen supply to the peripheral nerves diminishes significantly, leading to damage in nerve tissues.
This damage manifests as intense burning pain, excruciating tingling, and ultimately, numbness.