Neuropathy results in less sensory loss at fifth metatarsal than hallux

By Emily Delzell Clinicians should carry out quantitative vibration testing for sensory loss in patients at risk for diabetic neuropathy at the hallux, according to research that confirms the hallux undergoes greater sensory loss than the fifth metatarsal, an alternate location for vibration testing. Researchers at Health Access Network in Lincoln, ME, used a 128-Hz electronic tuning fork to test vibration sensing in 28 patients with diabetes and neuropathy and 17 patients without either condition.

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Neuropathy results in less sensory loss at fifth metatarsal than hallux

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