In our last few posts we’ve talked at length about the virtues of regular exercise for helping with the symptoms of
· Diabetic neuropathy
· Peripheral neuropathy
· Post-chemotherapy neuropathy
· Autonomic neuropathy
But what we haven’t addressed is that, depending upon what part of your you’re your neuropathy affects, you may need to modify your exercise routine to keep from developing some more serious problems.
Here are a few things to consider when designing your exercise routine:
First, ALWAYS talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise program. Ask him or her to do a complete examination of your feet and lets to make sure that you don’t have serious problems lurking that exercise may aggravate. If you do, get those under control before you start.
Precautions for Your Feet When Exercising
Make sure that your shoes are fitted properly to protect you from injury.
If your feet have nerve damage, don’t do any type of exercise that requires repetitive weight bearing – like jogging or step aerobics. That type of activity can cause ulcers or even fractures if you suffer from neuropathy in your feet and/or legs.
Always wear polyester or poly/cotton blend socks to keep your feet dry when you exercise. Invest in some good socks that will wick the moisture away from the skin. And even better- the new microfibers.