How Not to Let Neuropathy Interfere with Life

Members of the Palms Springs Cruisin’ Association can likely tell you all about the special upkeep entailed with owning a vintage automobile. When you own a classic car—something that decidedly isn’t “ordinary”—it obviously requires more care than you’d give a regular vehicle. In a similar manner, you will need additional care if you have a neuropathic condition, which is also definitely not ordinary!

If you are afflicted with nerve damage (neuropathy), you need to take special measures to ensure adequate foot care and injury prevention. The good news is you don’t have to be in this alone. We can help you so nerve pain doesn’t interfere with your life!

Important parts of responsible foot care— so you can prevent issues from neuropathy and catch unpreventable ones at the earliest possible opportunity—include:

  • Foot InspectionDaily foot inspections. Perhaps the most important element of neuropathy foot care is taking time every day to inspect the affected feet. Since your body has a compromised ability to feel issues that arise in the area, you need to rely on other senses to determine when things are wrong. Use your eyes and hands to make sure that nothing is out of the ordinary.
  • Protection. Given the impaired ability to know when something is wrong, it becomes that much more important to prevent issues from arising in the first place. This means always wearing shoes, even when indoors. It is also essential to inspect shoes and socks before putting them on to ensure that nothing resides inside that could damage your feet.
  • Hygiene. Cleanliness might be “next to godliness” but it also ensures that you are able to easily see cuts, abrasions, or scrapes that could ultimately become infected. On a daily basis, wash your feet with warm water—hot water could damage your skin without your damaged nerves realizing it—and mild soap.
  • Moisturize. Dry feet can become cracked and fissured, which poses a risk of infection. When the cracks or fissures run deep, it provides a path into the body for potential contaminants. Use moisturizing agent—cream, lotion, oil—liberally on the tops, bottoms, and heel areas. Do not target between your toes, however, as this can increase the risk of a fungal infection.

Problems caused by peripheral nerve damage can become major issues. Taking the right steps, however, reduces your risk of having a medical emergency that will interfere with your life in a very concerning way.

The best thing you can do if diabetes, or any other issue, has caused neuropathy is to come see us here at our Palm Desert office. We provide an array of treatment options, including our advanced laser therapy, so this problem will not keep you from living your life.

For more information—or to request your appointment—give us a call at (760) 568-0108 and one of our staff members will be glad to assist.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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