One of the more common but sometimes under diagnosed components of some forms of peripheral neuropathy is loss of balance. Patients will often say “I don’t have neuropathy; I only walk like I’ve had a few drinks”. This is why it is so crucial to address balance and neuropathy treatment.
In the clinic, we call this “gait” changes. Of course, there are many neurologic disorders that can cause you to walk abnormally or to lose your balance.
But this loss of balance occurs frequently in peripheral neuropathy and sometimes its the very first things patients notice. This is primarily due to changes in sensation in your feet to touch, as well as position sense, or what doctors call proprioception.
One of the most important things to recognize is that left untreated, this problem often gets worse. It requires not only treatment for the neuropathy component but also rehabilitation to help retrain balance and coordination, wherever this is possible.
There are some very simple steps they can be taken almost immediately to prevent catastrophic falls and help balance and neuropathy treatment.
The first thing is to make sure that proper footwear is worn at all times. Secondly, remove common hazards around the household such as objects upon stairs, rugs without non-slip backing or pads, spilled liquids on the floor etc.
Be especially careful in kitchens and bathrooms. Once neuropathy treatment has begun, we’ll instruct you in a series of exercises to help retrain your nervous system.
This is only possible when adequate balance and neuropathy treatment has been able to improve sensation to the soles of your feet, and position sense to your toes and ankles and knees.
This is why getting care early can go along way towards helping possible neuropathy recovery, but also set the stage for a return to a more active lifestyle.
Remember, the sooner you act, the sooner you improve.
Please, do not wait for your situation to really deteriorate before seeking active balance and neuropathy treatment intervention.
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The shape of your feet changes with age, swelling, as well as peripheral neuropathy.
One of the issues we see very frequently in the neuropathy patient is whether their footwear fits comfortably.
It is very easy to take for granted the role that proper footwear has on your level of comfort. That is of course unless you suffer from peripheral neuropathy.
There are all a whole host of other conditions that occur with neuropathy that can slow down or complicate recovery. This includes common things such as flatfoot or having conditions like plantar fasciitis.
There are however some very simple things you can do. Number one, visit a traditional foot and shoe store and have your feet properly measured.
The reason for this is the shape of your feet changes with age, swelling, as well as peripheral neuropathy. Muscle changes, which accompany neuropathy, are responsible for this.
The neuropathy patient should take advantage of the expertise of their clinician too. Ask questions about the most appropriate footwear for you. Learn some basics about proper shoe construction such as the shape of the last and the strength of the heel counter.
Sometimes, “diabetic” shoes better holds inserts, which your clinician may prescribe. These may also allow for better circulation and less neuropathy pain.
We find that many neuropathy patients have excellent relief by wearing running shoes most of the time. The reason for this is the combination of shock absorption and breathability is helpful for many patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.
This is one area where consulting the properly trained neuropathy treatment specialist can be of huge benefit!
Do not ignore your shoes!
These are in fact the foundation of your daily recovery homecare programs and are very important in getting you active again, back on your feet!
Recover faster with your neuropathy treatment by wearing the very best shoes you can find!
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Do You Have These Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Neuropathy?
Did you know that around 20 percent of people with diabetes have serious foot problems that require hospitalization? Unfortunately, diabetic foot neuropathy is all too common. That’s because one side effect of diabetes is reduced blood flow to the feet, as well as numbness or tingling, which can make it hard for you to notice that there are problems in your feet.
For this reason, if you’re diabetic, it’s absolutely essential to your overall health for you to take excellent care of your feet. Untreated foot problems resulting from diabetes can cause serious health issues. In the worst-case scenario, some diabetics have had to face lifesaving foot amputations because of foot problems that became serious quickly.
Be aware of these key warning signs of diabetic foot neuropathy:
- A “pins and needles” sensation in your feet, or any kind of ongoing pain or numbness
- Wounds or sores on the feet, especially ones that don’t seem to heal
- Cracked skin between your toes
- Dark or black areas of skin on or around your feet
- Swelling or redness of the feet
- Hammer toes, bunions, or ingrown toenails
You can also help to prevent serious side effects of diabetic foot neuropathy by taking the following precautions in caring for your feet.
First, make foot care a daily part of your hygiene routine. Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day to prevent fungus and bacteria growth. Follow this with a lotion to prevent your skin from drying and cracking, but don’t use lotion between your toes, where it will act as a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your toenails trimmed straight across and filed, but don’t trim them too short.
Next, every day take a good look at your feet to check for any swelling, blisters, or sores. Make sure to look at the soles of your feet, not just the tops. If it’s hard to see the bottom of your foot, ask for help or use a mirror. When you bathe, avoid putting your feet in very hot water. Check the water temperature with your elbow before you get into the bathtub.
You can also help to prevent diabetic foot neuropathy damage by always wearing socks and shoes throughout the day, even when you’re in your own home. This helps to avoid accidental damage to your feet by stepping or tripping on something, or stubbing a toe. You might not notice an injury right away until it has caused an infection or other serious problems. You should be wearing specially designed shoes to support diabetic foot neuropathy.
And remember that the best way to avoid problems with diabetic foot neuropathy is to effectively manage your diabetes as a whole. Regular appropriate exercise, blood sugar monitoring, quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet are keys to diabetes management that will improve your issues with diabetic foot neuropathy.
For more about how to treat foot neuropathy at home safely, take a look at our Home Care page.
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