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Neuropathy can arise from diabetes and numerous other causes. It often occurs as peripheral neuropathy in the feet. Here are a few tips for handling foot neuropathy during the summer months.
Diabetes & other causes of neuropathy
Chronic elevated blood glucose from diabetes can harm your body’s nerves, particularly those leading to the feet. In the case of diabetes, this condition is called diabetic neuropathy, a form of peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can actually occur throughout the body; other forms include cranial, autonomic, and focal neuropathy. Beyond diabetes, it can arise from alcoholism, uremia, tumors, trauma, and various other sources.
However, since neuropathy is so common in the feet, and since the feet can often be exposed during the warmer months, let’s look at tips for managing foot neuropathy in summer.
3 summer tips for foot neuropathy pain relief
1. Comfortable shoes
Ensuring the comfort of your feet is particularly challenging during the summer, when those around you are wearing flip-flops and sandals. However, resist the urge to join them, advises Jenilee Matz of Diabetic Connect. “Always wear comfortable shoes that fit well,” she says. “Make sure the inside of your shoes are smooth and nothing rubs against your feet.” Also be sure to wear socks.
2. Hydration & diet
It’s especially important to make sure you are getting plenty of water to manage neuropathy in summer. In fact, pain is often caused in part by dehydration, explains James J. Lehman in VeryWell. It’s also important to get plenty of foods that are high in protein and fatty acids: flax seeds, nuts, dairy, green leafy vegetables, and fish.
3. Herbal remedies
To alleviate pain and improve blood flow, massage your legs and feet with a blend of coconut or olive oil and ginger juice for ten minutes daily. Another option is to eat a piece of ginger each day.
You can also try thermotherapy with thyme to alleviate neuropathy in summer. Alternate soaks with thyme mixed into hot and cold water, notes Asha Das in BoldSky. Doing this “relieves the pain and numbness associated with burning feet,” she says. “Soak your feet… for twenty minutes daily [to] prevent the frequent occurrence of this condition.”
Help with neuropathy pain relief
Is your neuropathy pain making it difficult for you to enjoy the summer months? At Maine Spine & Nerve, we have a drug-free and non-surgical solution that can provide you with relief and restore normal sensations. Learn more.