Today’s blog is just my experiences with neuropathy during all the latest up and down weather changes. I’ve been a diabetic for over six years now. I’ve had several operations on both my feet. I’ve had toes amputated, and have had permanent nerve damage, which has caused my neuropathy. Through these six plus years I’ve had some feeling return to my feet, as my foot doctor has told me I would, but overall I’ve had to endure the stiffness, cramping, and sometimes pain when sleeping or walking.
Weather change has been a big part of how my feet feel. It’s like the four seasons of neuropathy. In the winter my feet tend to cramp and stiffen often. This usually occurs during the day. The best defense for this is exercising my feet and legs morning and night. I do leg lifts with an exercise band and foot rolls. I also elevate my feet on two pillows in the morning and before bed, which will help with swelling or mostly helps with my blood flow to my feet and legs.
Spring brings rain, chilly nights, and lately up and down temperatures, which makes every day a challenge to your foots health. The most important thing is to keep exercising your feet and legs and wear the best diabetic shoes that will help you to walk properly. Your foot doctor will write you a script and then you can go to an orthotic shoe store for a custom fitting. I’ve used Harry J Lawall and son.Thy’ve been great. I have to get custom insoles with a toe filler my right foot, since I’m missing my big toe. They give you three sets of insoles which you change every four months.
Summer is probably the most pain free months. The humidity doesn’t affect my feet like the cold. Sometimes the rain will cause some stiffness in my feet, but overall the summer doesn’t cause me much discomfort.
The fall brings colder temperatures, which can lead to the cramping and stiffness to be a continuing struggle, which can be controlled with the proper exercises. My two favorite seasons are fall and winter, so I have to keep up with my exercises, and proper footwear.
So there’s my four seasons of neuropathy as I’ve experienced it. I hope these thought can help someone dealing with the same issues. Stay healthy and safe!