Peripheral Neuropathy - Topic Overview
How can you care for yourself at home?
Adopting healthy habits can reduce the effects of peripheral neuropathy. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, avoid alcohol, and quit smoking.
It's also a good idea to take care to avoid injury.
- When your feet or legs feel numb, it's easier to lose your balance and fall. At home:
- Remove throw rugs and clutter.
- Install sturdy handrails on stairways.
- Put grab bars near your shower, bathtub, and toilet.
- To protect your hands:
- Use pot holders, and avoid hot water when you are cooking.
- Always check your bath or shower using a part of your body that can feel temperature normally, such as your elbow.
- Check your feet every day (or have someone else check for you) using this checklist:
- Look at all areas of your feet, including your
- Use a handheld mirror or a magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall near the baseboard to inspect
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 01, 2011
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