Exercising with Neuropathy

If your feet hurt or feel numb, exercising with neuropathy seems pretty much out of the question. The truth is, though, the more you move, the less pain, numbness, and other symptoms of nerve damage you’ll experience. That’s because exercise gets your blood flowing, which means it can travel to your feet faster, carrying all the nutrients your damaged nerves need to heal. Before you know it, you can say so long to your symptoms and hello to happy, pain-free days again!

Of course, the hard part is getting started– we get it! That’s why we’re sharing these tips to help you get moving and feeling better fast:

Stay safe. Always make sure your glucose levels are in check if you have diabetes, and get the go ahead from your physician before starting any new activities.

Protect your feet. Wear supportive, appropriate shoes that fit well and offer plenty of cushion and support.

Warm up properly. Make sure your muscles are ready for the activity by warming up and stretching first.

Start slow and build gradually. Don’t dive right in to a full-blown regimen. Start with a little exercise and slowly add to it, keeping a goal like 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week in mind to gradually work toward. Walking is a good initial choice, along with low impact options like yoga, swimming, and biking.

Pick activities you enjoy and have fun. Exercising with neuropathy shouldn’t seem like a chore. Choose activities you find fun. Mix it up – you don’t always have to do the same thing! Ask friends to join you – the more the merrier, and the easier it is to get motivated. Checking out all the different classes available at the Y is a great place to start.

Nerve pain and numbness don’t have to slow you down, or worse, make you come to a screeching halt! Exercise can help you get back to the lifestyle you love, so make a plan to get moving, and if you need any help, just give us a call. You can reach us in Houston at (713) 493-7372.

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