Peripheral neuropathy will decrease your body's ability to sense pain or discomfort from a relatively strenuous workout. Therefore you will need to monitor the intensity of your exercise with an external measurement. An example would be a heart rate monitor. A heart rate monitor will tell you what intensity you are exercising at. You should be at a heart rate reserve of approximately 50-70% for optimal performance and to be safe. Do not try to exceed 75%HRR in one session. Another more simple measure is known as the talk test. If you are working out with a partner, you should be able to carry on a conversation without feeling winded or out of breathe. Try doing exercises that are multi-jointed such as walking, jogging, bicycling, body weight squats, wall push-ups and planks. This will reassure that you are not relying on a specific region of your body and you will get a complete overall work out. If you choose to run out side, inspect the bottom of your sneakers for any holes or wearing down of the shoe that you may not be able to feel. If the soles of the shoes are worn, replace them with a new pair and use clean socks.
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How can I exercise safely if I have peripheral neuropathy?
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What is the best treatment option for neuropathy in the feet?
First and foremost it is important to determine the cause of your neuropathy as treatment of the underlying cause often reduces the pain associated with it. If the cause of your neuropathy is unknown (despite having undergone a work up by a neurologist) or the pain persists despite treating the underlying cause, there are several options. Certain vitamins such as alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-carnitine and medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, amitriptyline, and duloxetine can help reduce the pain of neuropathy. It is also important to wear comfortable shoes which support your feet and posture.
What do I know about caring for someone with peripheral neuropathy?
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Your loved one with peripheral neuropathy may have numbness, so keep an eye on their hands and feet for overlooked injuries. Make sure you know the name of the pain medication the individual is taking, and be prepared to make visits to the doctor if the pain gets worse. Help the person track any changes in their condition. Finally, peripheral neuropathy may cause a great deal of pain, so be emotionally supportive and available to help ease the stress of the disorder.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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