One of biggest health concerns a diabetic amputee can face is neuropathy in the legs, feet or hands. It’s a condition with poor blood circulation in these areas. I myself have lost toes in both feet due to complications from diabetes.
I’ve found exercises that help with the stiffness in my feet and legs. The first thing is to get an exercise band. They usually come in different tensions. Light, medium, and heavy. These bands are flat. Start with light and work your way up to heavy.
The exercise that helps me the most with my legs and feet are leg lifts. You put the band under your right foot first, extend the band, hold with both hands and then swing your leg up and down for three sets. I do about 42 reps per set. Repeat process for your left leg. Do this exercise in the morning when you get up and before you go to sleep.
This exercise will help you in the morning to get your day going with limited cramping, and at night this will help you sleep with less cramping and stiffness. You can also add foot rolls after you do this exercise for added circulation.
To perform foot rolls, extend your leg and roll your foot up and down. This will help your feet from feeling too stiff. Repeat process for opposite leg.
I never had neuropathy in my hands, but I know a few diabetics who have. When I was in physical therapy recovering from my toe amputations, you spend a lot time in bed and your hands can cramp from lack of activity. They gave me theraputty to help my hands from cramping. You put the putty on flat surface like a table and get some small plastic beads. Insert the beads in the putty, roll it up, and then take the beads out of the putty. This will help your hands from cramping.
I hope all these suggestions are helpful. Consult your doctors before performing these exercises.
Stay safe and healthy!