Diabetic neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that can develop as a result of diabetes. If a person struggles with high blood sugar levels, nerve fibers in the legs, feet, and hands can become damaged as a response. Often times, people with diabetic neuropathy have extreme pain, tingling feet, muscle weakness, and foot complications (i.e. ulcers, infections, deformities) and miss out on doing the things they love.
At US Neuropathy Centers, our providers encourage patients to take the wheel in their medical treatment. We urge patients to come up with a set of goals they wish to reach during and after their treatment. Based on a thorough examination of the patient’s neuropathy symptoms, we design an individualized care plan that promotes healing and an improved lifestyle. US Neuropathy Centers currently has 14 locations across the United States, with the plan to expand to more locations across the country.
If you suffer from diabetic nerve pain in your legs and feet, exercising, let alone walking, is likely difficult. However, physical activity can actually help prevent nerve damage, control blood sugar levels, and relieve pressure on the feet and legs. Before you introduce any new exercises into your daily schedule, consult with your US Neuropathy Centers physician. If you get the go ahead, remember to be cautious and continually check your blood sugar levels. Here are some tips on how to exercise safely.
Choose low-impact exercises. Swimming, yoga, and cycling are all non-weight-bearing exercises that support muscle, bone, and joint strength. These workouts also eliminate pressure to your feet, knees, and hips.
Don’t overdo it. Not every exercise requires extreme body motions. Light weight lifting and moderate strength training exercises will help you build strength to your extremities without overextending yourself. Make modifications to your workouts to improve your success and to target areas that need more attention.
Make it fun. Just because you suffer from nerve pain and diabetes doesn’t mean you cant have fun with your workouts. Workouts don’t have to be done in the gym, either. Bowling, walking outside, tennis, and volleyball are all fun, outdoor activities that involve exercise. Ask a friend or family member to join and go through these routines together.
If you suffer from diabetic nerve pain and wish to seek nerve treatment, contact the experts at US Neuropathy Centers. Our providers are committed to designing effective treatment plans that can help patients live happier lives. For more information on treatments for peripheral neuropathy, contact a US Neuropathy Centers nearest you.
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at any of our US Neuropathy Centers locations. With offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, our neuropathy experts are easily accessible and here to help.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2014