Healthy Habits to Help with Neuropathy

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.

Spring is a time of new beginnings – a great time to turn over a new leaf! If the burning, tingling, and numbness of neuropathy has got in the way of your normal spring activities, making a few lifestyle changes can make a big difference in minimizing your symptoms and allowing you to continue doing the things you love.

Try incorporating these healthy habits to help with neuropathy into your daily routine:

Exercise! When you move you get your blood pumping and that boost in circulation is just what your damaged nerves need to get the nutrients necessary for them to heal.

Don’t smoke. Smoking negatively impacts your blood flow, negating the positive affects you got out of that exercise you just did!

Manage neuropathy symptoms with diet

Limit alcohol. Alcoholic beverages make controlling blood sugar difficult which can exasperate neuropathy symptoms.

Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet. This will keep blood sugar levels in check, and help you to maintain a healthy weight so less stress is placed on your feet. It’s best to stay away from highly salted and sweetened foods, processed foods, as well as carbs. Opt for fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein instead. These choices have qualities that help to keep nerves healthy.

When you are living with neuropathy, managing symptoms is key to enjoying a good quality of life, and who knows – such healthy habits may even improve it!

To learn more about managing neuropathy symptoms, or about the advanced neuropathy treatments we offer, feel free to contact our Houston, TX office by dialing (281) 497-2850, or by using our online contact form. We will be happy to help you start and keep new habits to ensure you and your feet are safe, healthy, and happy through the spring and all year long. 

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