Increased sensitivity to touch can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose increased sensitivity to touch, we could:
Do you suffer from tenderness to touch that is made worse by (for example) bedsheets, socks or tight-fitting shoes? This increased sensitivity to pain is known as Hyperalgesia.
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Yes, somewhat
→ Yes, I have extreme sensitivity to touch
In some cases, pain may be so severe so as to limit walking. Patients with symptoms limited to the feet and ankles may observe similar symptoms in the fingertips; as the symptoms extend to the knees, they may also extend to the wrists. Only rarely do these symptoms extend above the knees.