If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy you need to take special care of your feet and be very aware of any sign of problems.
If you have diabetes…
Or you’ve had shingles…
Even if you’ve completed a successful course of chemotherapy…
And you suffer from pain or burning in your feet, legs or hands, you could have peripheral neuropathy.
You’re not alone…
You don’t have to just live with it…
You don’t necessarily have to swallow more pills and pay for more expensive prescriptions…
There are things you can do to help manage your pain.
More than half the people suffering from neuropathy report that they’ve tried some complementary treatments in addition to traditional medicine to relieve their pain.
There are many things you can do daily at home to help you improve your pain. Here are few to think about:
If You Have Diabetic Neuropathy, Control Your Blood Sugar
This may sound like a no-brainer but many people with diabetes don’t realize how toxic high blood sugar is. High blood sugar is what causes nerve pain and damage. Keeping blood sugar levels close to normal can not only stop ongoing damage; some damage may even be reversible. That provides even more promise for fighting neuropathy pain.
Take Care of Your Feet
Nerve pain is usually what brings people in to see their doctors. But the numbness in their feet and inability to feel even the smallest injury can lead to infections and ulceration and ultimately end in amputation. If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy you need to take special care of your feet and be very aware of any sign of problems. Some things you can do are:
- Clean and inspect your feet every day. If you have an injury that’s not healing properly, call your doctor immediately.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t wear shoes that pinch your toes or rub blisters on your heels.
- Wear padded socks to cushion the ball of your feet and the heel.
- Either cut your toenails straight across or have a professional do it for you.
All of these things can go a long way to making your quality of life with neuropathy as good as it can be!
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