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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 toes.
    • Use a handheld mirror or a magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall near the baseboard to inspect your feet.
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Last Updated: July 01, 2011
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