If you have peripheral neuropathy there are four other habits that you need start. I know I am pushing it asking for all this but it is for you not me.
1. I want you to stop walking around in your bare feet. I mean never walk around in your bare feet. If you cannot feel part of your foot then you can do damage without feeling it.
2. The next thing is that I want you exercise daily. Just take a walk or ride an exercise bike. It will help the blood flow, foot strength and flexibility. (Check with the doctor before starting any exercise program)
3. I want you to make sure that you check the inside of your shoes EVERY TIME you go to put them on. Make sure that there is not anything that has fallen into your shoes. If your foot is numb, you could be walking on something and not feel it.
4. Wash your feet with warm water, a mild soap and use a moisturizer (but not between toes). Keeping your feet clean, dry, and moisturized will help to keep the skin healthy.
And then there is something that I want you to stop if it applies –
(Smoking restricts blood flow and delays healing. Really, with diabetes you can have those problems already. Why compound them? ) (And yes, I do know how hard it is to quit smoking – I had to do it.)
What is the worst thing that can happen if you have peripheral neuropathy?
You can need to have your foot or leg amputated. This is serious. In 2010, about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes.*
I know it is really hard to start new habits but these are important to maintain your quality of life.
Have a great week. Stay warm and keep those feet in good shape.