Local areas of the body feel numb. Since neuropathy directly degrades the function of the nerves, especially those connected to the senses, it makes sense that you should lose sensation in certain local areas. As the condition progresses, the nerves are more and more incapable of transmitting information connected to sensory perception. The individual will lose the ability to experience touch, or feel pain, or sense temperature. The lower limbs are the most affected by this sensory degradation.