Today I want to talk about exercises that can help with neuropathy. I follow several blogs on Facebook that deal with pain and stiffness caused by neuropathy. My neuropathy was caused by the amputations of toes and poor circulation from complications of diabetes.
The most common problem from neuropathy is stiffness and pain in your feet and legs. It can make difficult to sleep and walk everyday. After my operations and rehab I was shown several exercises that have helped make my neuropathy bearable.
The easiest thing to do is to take a walk in a park or around the block. It loosens up your feet and legs and helps you sleep longer and better. Try to walk two or three times a week. Start your walks on flat surfaces at first , and then try a path with an incline for more resistance. If you have access to a treadmill, this will work well by starting your walking flat, and then gradually building up to an incline.
The other thing you can do is get a resistance band. They come in different tensions. Light to heavy. You can perform simple exercises with these. My favorite is putting the band below your foot and then extending your leg outward like a leg extension. Two sets of 25 on each leg will help your pain and stiffness.
My last exercise I perform that helps is sitting on the edge of your bed or chair, extend your right leg out and up, and then roll your foot up and down for a set of 30 reps. Repeat process for your left leg and foot. This helps keep your feet feeling cooler and loose.
All these exercises I perform before I go to sleep, or also during the night if I have trouble sleeping during the night.
The last thing I do is prop my feet up on two pillows. This will help if there’s any swelling of your feet, or can provide some relief from stiffness in your legs and feet. Try these exercises before bed, and in the morning as needed. I hope these suggestions will help you , as they’ve helped me with dealing with my neuropathy.
My next blog I will continue to discuss ways to deal with diabetes mentally and physically. Stay healthy and safe!!!!