If you’re a homebody, you may relish the days you can stay home, watching episodes of “Scandal,” with a good cup of coffee in hand. However, staying home is not so fun when you don’t have a choice. If you have neuropathy, it’s hard to do any kind of activity without pain. However, you can be homebound and still do something about the problem. Stay positive and treat neuropathy at home with these tips!
Exercise is a great way to keep your blood flowing, which brings more oxygen and nutrients to your damaged nerves. This can slow the progression of your neuropathy and also prevent it from occurring. If exercise is too painful for you, you might want to try yoga or Tai Chi. These exercises can take pressure off of your feet. If you’re really feeling ambitious, try attending a fitness or dance class in Sacramento!
Another tip—daily foot checks are essential in preventing problems with neuropathy. This way if you notice any cuts, scrapes, or blisters, you can treat them right away and prevent slow-healing wounds. Sores and ulcers should be addressed immediately. Practice good foot care by cleaning your feet daily too.
Massaging your neuropathic pain can also give you some relief. For a few minutes, you or someone else can softly run fingertips and hands downward from the top of your legs to the bottom of the feet. Knead the toes for around three minutes a foot, then work your way to the ball of the foot, arch, heel, and ankle.
Make sure you have good, padded shoes and socks, too. Tight socks and footwear can add to the tingling symptoms you’re having. If you need help with shoes, Dr. Brian McDowell and Dr. Tracy L. Basso can help fit you with a pair that may reduce your painful symptoms
Other ways to treat neuropathy include eating healthier, avoiding alcohol, managing blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking. For more guidance, please visit the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group’s Foot and Ankle Centers for the Care of Neuropathy in Carmichael, CA. We offer advanced care for this problem and may even be able to improve and reverse your symptoms. To reach our office for an appointment, call 916-961-3434.