As part of your rehabilitation process with neuropathy you may be assigned some specific exercises at home and your therapist may give you instructions on certain activities to avoid. Since neuropathic changes in the feet can greatly affect your ability to perceive sensation you may be instructed to wear shoes at all times when standing or walking. Believe it or not, people with severe neuropathy in their feet will oftentimes step on glass, tacks, or other sharp objects without knowing. The inability to feel a tack stuck in one’s foot could possibly cause infection and ultimately could lead to a more serious condition such as tissue death. It may also be wise that you check the inside of your shoes often for small objects that may find a new home in your foot. Foot neuropathy can also lead to proprioceptive changes or one’s ability to sense body position and movement. Proprioception also allows one to determine if they are standing on hard asphalt or soft grass. As a result, this lack of proprioception can cause difficulty with walking and balance, potentially leading to falls.
Not only can neuropathy affect your feet but it can also affect the hands leading to an inability to sense touch and cause difficulty with grasping and holding objects. While there are many different things that can lead to neuropathy, diabetes is the number one cause and if left untreated this condition can worsen over time. Therefore, it is important to adhere to your Dr.’s recommendations if you are diabetic. Not only can neuropathy lead to sensory loss but it can also cause weakness and loss of mobility in your feet and hands. As part of your at home care it will also be important to perform stretching and strengthening exercises that are prescribed by your physical therapist. If you are currently experiencing symptoms of neuropathy in your hands or feet please do not hesitate to contact our staff at Elite physical therapy and get you feeling better faster!
If you are experiencing numbness and tingling in your hands or feet or have been diagnosed with neuropathy, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.