Patients with peripheral neuropathy often find their feet become cold.

As you probably know, peripheral neuropathy most commonly afflicts the feet first.

How well do you take care of your feet?

Initially, better foot care comes something as a shock to neuropathy patients. Too many of us ignore our feet until we have a painful or debilitating disorder like neuropathy.

You see, neuropathy is much more than pain tingling and numbness.

Often times there are changes in sensation which affect your balance and your ability to walk normally. Commonly, the shape of your feet will change due to muscle weakness.

There are also changes in skin texture. Patients with peripheral neuropathy often find their feet become cold. Cracking of the skin becomes more common. Unfortunately, infections like toenail fungus can happen too.

So let’s talk about some of the simple things that you can do on a daily basis to help proper neuropathy foot care.

The first thing you can do is to make sure that your shoes fit properly. Do not ignore things such as overgrown toenails, which can affect proper shoe fit. If you’re diabetic, your nails should be professionally trimmed by a podiatrist at least once per month.

Next, consider using either light wool, silk or microfiber socks. These socks do not trap moisture, which can make infections and perspiration problems worse.

Finally, be very careful in your choice of bath and shower soaps. There are natural products such as those containing silver or Tea tree oil, which are beneficial in helping prevent athlete’s foot and common fungal infections.

Take better care of your feet and neuropathy treatment success will be easier!

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