Neuropathy can best be described as a reduction of sensation or altered sensation. Diabetics have historically been the bearers of this condition, based on a lack of circulation. But over the last few years the medical system has been correctly diagnosing neuropathy in the general population.
Neuropathy can feel like partial numbness or even complete numbness. Many clients say that it feels as if there is a sock wadded up under their toes. When the foot is compressed, blood flow is compromised to produce these symptoms.
If a person is not diabetic, their neuropathy is self-induced. The road to neuropathy is through compression; the way out is through freedom and support. Even if one is diabetic, there is at least a component of the neuropathy that is certainly self-induced by compressive footwear. An exception to this is someone under chemotherapy. Certain forms of chemotherapy can produce symptoms of neuropathy.
If a person has non-diabetic, non-chemo induced, general neuropathy, there is a ten-day cycle for the circulatory system to recalibrate at the level of the foot once the correct footwear is worn. One would think that there would be wide variation in the way feet “wake up” after compressive shoes are given up. But I have noticed that 10 days seems to be about all they need. Most people will perceive a change within that time. Any residual neuropathy generally resolves within the next few weeks.