It’s my favorite time of year. Fall and winter are fast approaching here on the east coast. Fall foliage, Halloween, Christmas and snowy weather. I love it all, except how it affects my neuropathy.
If you suffer from neuropathy, you know what I’m talking about. Your legs and feet stiffen up more, and you have to find new ways to ease the pain and stiffness. Exercise is the best way I’ve found and I’d like to share with you some of the ways I help myself to feel as little pain as possible.
One of the best thing you can do is to exercise your legs and feet before bed. Get a quality exercise band and try three sets of leg lifts on each leg. You can sit at the edge of your bed while performing this exercise. It definitely helps your blood flow and can help prevent cramping and stiffness of your legs and feet during the night.
The other exercise I perform before bedtime are foot rolls. Just raise and lower each foot for a few sets. It helps my feet from cramping or stiffening up.
During the daytime try to take a brisk walk, which will help your circulation. You’ll sleep much better the days you exercise. I also prop my feet up on two pillows in the morning and after my nightly exercises. It helps reduce swelling, if there is any, and makes my legs and feet feel more comfortable.
If all these exercises and daily routines still don’t help you that much, seek help from your podiatrist and get some physical therapy. Stay safe and healthy!
My next blog I’ll discuss preparing for the upcoming holiday season and how to indulge in those holiday goodies safely and still maintain your diabetic diet.