Posts for: June, 2017
Neuropathy doesn’t have to dictate your daily activities. Find out how to quell your symptoms.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes but didn’t catch it right away you may also be faced with neuropathy, a condition that can cause nerve damage in the feet. Neuropathy can also lead to numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and loss of sensation, but our Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford, are here to tell you how to best manage your neuropathy symptoms.
Give Your Feet Some TLC
If you have diabetic feet that also have neuropathy you’ll want to give them some extra attention when it comes to providing the very best care. Since you may have lost feeling in your feet, you’ll want to wear socks and shoes all the time. Going barefoot could lead to an injury that you may not even notice. Examine your feet everyday for any new cuts, wounds, bruising, redness or other issues that may require monitoring or medical attention.
You wouldn’t believe just how great exercise can be, even for neuropathy. We don’t mean that you have to run a marathon either. Just taking a walk a couple times a week can go a long way to strengthening muscles, reducing your pain and discomfort and even keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Also look for other forms of exercises like yoga that might provide your body and mind with some great health benefits.
Eat for Your Feet
This might sound silly, but as our Sparks foot doctors will tell you, what you eat is so important to your health. Especially if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need. Incorporate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, along with lean proteins and whole grains. Stay away from processed foods or sugar, which can affect your blood sugar levels. This also means avoiding or limiting your alcohol consumption.
If you have questions about how to care for neuropathy, don’t hesitate to call The Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, to get the answers you’re looking for. We are here to make sure you get the care you need.