Living with Peripheral Neuropathy

Living with peripheral neuropathy can be quite challenging. Safety is an important factor as nerve damage can increase the risks of falls and other injuries. Here are some of the things you can do to keep your environment safe.

  • Ensure that your house is well lit and remove all loose wires and rugs.
  • Fix uneven flooring.
  • Put handrails in the bathtub or shower.
  • Wear shoes at all times. Inspect the inside of your shoes carefully for any foreign objects.
  • Check your feet every day for any sign of injuries. Wash them every day with warm water and soap.
  • Use petroleum jelly or any other moisturizer on dry and chapped skin.
  • Check water temperature before stepping into a bath.
  • Avoid putting pressure on the damaged areas of your body.
  • Wear loose cotton socks and soft padded shoes.
  • Exercise regularly. Ask your doctor for advice on the most beneficial exercises.
  • Quit smoking and drinking.

Frequently asked questions
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