10 Tips for Managing Foot Neuropathy

Foot neuropathy can cause not only pain and numbness, it can also put you at risk for infections if you get any sores on your feet and toes. In some cases, foot neuropathy may even make it hard to walk.

These 10 tips can help you learn to manage your foot neuropathy to minimize your risk of complications.

Check your feet

Check your feet daily for cuts, swelling, or blisters. If you notice red spots that indicate rubbing or an impending abrasion, address it immediately by covering it with a healing ointment and a bandage. It’s a good idea to call Achilles Foot Care for an exam and early treatment if you  notice any irregularities. Catching any break in the skin right away can help prevent infection.

Wear shoes and socks that fit well

Talk to Dr. Roberto about the type of shoes that best support your feet and don’t cause rubbing or friction that can cause dangerous blisters. Shoes should not be too tight or too loose and should have some padding. Always wear soft, loose socks.

Quit smoking

Smoking cigarettes can compromise your circulation, which aggravates and worsens neuropathy. If you need help quitting, talk to Dr. Roberto about possible strategies.

Eat healthy

A healthy diet helps keep your weight in check and reduces inflammation. Your meals should consist mainly of lean meats, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats.

Massage your feet

Gently rub and massage your feet to encourage circulation, stimulate nerve sensation, and decrease pain. If you can’t reach your feet, have someone massage them for you.

Avoid prolonged compression

Wearing tight socks or crossing your legs for long periods of time compromises blood flow. When you’re seated, prop your feet up and wiggle your toes and move your ankles often.

Get some exercise

Exercise can help improve your mood and increase circulation to your compromised feet. Walking, pool workouts, or cycling are good options. Dr. Roberto can help you set up an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle and health concerns.

Avoid excess intake of alcohol

Too much alcohol increases bodily inflammation, making neuropathy pain worse. If Dr. Roberto says it’s OK, you can still enjoy one drink per day as a woman or two drinks a day if you’re a man.

Never walk barefoot

Take care to wear shoes and socks at all times. Walking barefoot puts you at risk of injury. And when you have neuropathy, you may not feel the discomfort of a cut or abrasion until it’s already infected.

Care for your feet

Wash your feet daily and dry them well, taking special care with the areas between your toes. Apply lotion to the tops and bottoms of your feet to keep the skin supple and resistant to cracks that can become infected. Trim your toenails, or have someone do it for you.

Proper foot care and lifestyle habits can go a long way in keeping you on your toes when you have foot neuropathy. If you have any questions about your condition or you need treatment, Dr. Roberto and Achilles Foot Care are here to help. Just call the office or click the “book online” button to set up an appointment.

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