Exercising with Neuropathy: Yeah, You Can Do That

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Burning, tingling, and numbness in your feet due to neuropathy can make even the thought of exercise unpleasant! However, when you exercise, it increases your blood flow, which in turn helps to manage neuropathy symptoms. You see, increased circulation does wonders for damaged nerves, helping blood deliver the healing nutrients they need. So, don’t throw in the towel just yet and assume you can’t work out -- not only can you exercise with neuropathy, but it’s actually recommended that you do!Exercising with neuropathy is good!

Of course, the key is to exercise safely and while that’s not the easiest thing if you can’t feel your feet, there are steps you can take to safely get started. First, make sure any underlying issue causing your neuropathy, such as diabetes, is under control. Next, choose a non-weight-bearing activity, at least initially, like swimming or biking. Yoga is a great choice as well. Begin any new exercise routine slowly and gradually build upon it. If you’re finding it hard to get motivated because of your symptoms, try signing up for a class, joining a club, or inviting friends to exercise with you. Once you get going, your symptoms should noticeably subside and that will help you feel more like moving, too – then you’ll be on your way!

Exercising with neuropathy can be beneficial in other ways besides better blood flow, too. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, lessoning the stress on your feet. It can slow and sometimes even stop further nerve damage from occurring. It can also give you more energy so you can feel like your old self and get back to enjoying activities you thought you’d have to give up.

Don’t concede to a lifetime of immobility! If you need help starting a program to exercise with neuropathy or would like any other tips about managing neuropathy symptoms, just call (281) 497-2850 to reach our Houston, TX office. We’ll be happy to help get you started so you can get back to the lifestyle you love.

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