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PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

October 18, 2019

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition resulting from nerve damage that prevents proper communication between the peripheral and central nervous systems. This damage is usually the result of an underlying diseases like Diabetes, Lupus, or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Neuropathy may also be caused by certain medications, trauma, nerve damage, or vitamin deficiency. Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include burning/tingling or a "pins and needles" sensation in the feet, foot pain or sensitivity, numbness or weakness of the feet, and unsteadiness when standing or walking. The best treatment for peripheral neuropathy is to prevent or manage the disease that causes it. Disease prevention includes the following:

  • Maintaining a well balanced diet high in vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and lean proteins

  • Regular exercise (approved by your doctor) of about 30 minutes per day, 3 days a week.

  • Avoiding Smoking, alcohol , and crossing your legs

  • Manage your blood sugar levels as directed by your doctor.


TIPS FOR HEALTHY FEET

October 18, 2019

  • Wash your feet daily but avoid soaking your feet. Be sure to dry carefully between your toes.

  • Moisturize your feet daily avoiding the spaces between your toes. 

  • Examine Feet Daily for rented, blisters, or swelling. Use a mirror , if you are unable to see the bottoms of your feet.

  • Do not walk barefoot, even indoors. Always protect your feet with well-fitting shoes or non-slip socks