Exercise Tips to Help Neuropathy

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-07-11 22:51:17 -0500
Started 2014-06-15 10:30:06 -0500

Here are some tips from WebMD for getting active and helping with the neuropathy in our feet and legs. Having the right footwear helps a lot too. There are some great ideas for improving your balance as well, which neuropathy tends to take from us.


40 replies

shorty1965 2014-07-11 22:51:17 -0500 Report

I have been having knee problems I have a bakers cyst on the back of my knee so I'm not able to walk that much but I'm gonna take it one day at a time.

RebDee 2014-06-17 10:41:57 -0500 Report

Be very careful of the way you walk with crutches that they are not too short so that you hunch over and not too tall that they damage your underarm and put something around the place that you grip with your hands so that you don't injure your hands.

Katiespace 2014-06-16 22:30:38 -0500 Report

I fell 2 weeks ago and hurt my knee and tonight I went in to have me foot X-rayed,as I told you yesterday my foot hurt to bad to exercise. Well it turns out it is broken so now I know what it is. I'll be on crutches for aawhile

ochibeachgirl 2014-06-16 13:12:48 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention - I am starting again, but have to take it slowly as my feet feel like they are on fire. Have begun with doing a lap on my floor where I work - no idea of the distance, but just do a comfortable speed and try to do a lap every 30 - 45 minutes. Each lap takes me about 3 minutes - baby steps. And for those looking for shoes - I wear Curves and they seem to help - very cushioned - with cotton ankle socks.
PS - Just started today, so will keep y'all posted!

RebDee 2014-06-16 06:22:59 -0500 Report

I HATE to exercise but ever since I was told to count each step I take and each time I go up and down stairs carrying laundry or packages, or walk the dogs, I should count it. I found that I am "exercising" more than I thought I would. I love to exercise by walking the aisles in the supermarket while pushing the cart, or by going to department stores and wandering around for an hour.

TRay043 2014-06-16 15:24:25 -0500 Report

RebDee please take a minute to look at fitbit.com, I have the fitbit one because it counts floors (every 10- stair steps equal 1 floor) along with your steps and does a number of other things. I love it; it is so motivational for me.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-06-15 21:34:39 -0500 Report

Small steps and perseverance. Once you stop, it is harder to get back into it. Keep moving because if you don't you won't. The more you do the easier it gets and then you can challenge yourself a little, but to begin, start slowly and keep steady.

Katiespace 2014-06-15 16:19:38 -0500 Report

I can't exercise cause it hurts to much just walking to the bathroom. I also have Gout and take meds for it. I am going to see an Arthritis Dr. On the 23 rd. I don't have anything for pain and don't know what to take. What kind of shoes do I need? Sometime I can't sleep either. Help

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-16 09:33:49 -0500 Report

Before I was diagnosed, I had neuropathy to the point it felt like someone was hammering my feet with a sledge hammer. My doctor recommended a good pair of Tennis Shoes with a good sole and arch support. I bought a pair of cross trainers. This really helped my feet. My podiatrist said I didn't need special shoes or socks. The neuropathy stopped once my blood sugar improved.

I just saw a segment on the news about arthritis. I can't remember what medical school did the study and found the worse thing for people with arthritis is not being active. Walking actually improves arthritis. I thought that was pretty interesting.

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:20:28 -0500 Report

The slide show deals more with athletic shoes, but if you need a good fitting I would go to your complete pharmacy where they often are able to fit you for therapeutic shoes. They cost more, but the comfort of well fitting shoes is bliss.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-16 09:37:24 -0500 Report

Gabby her first stop should be with a podiatrist who can order properly fitted shoes for her. I was in a full service medical supply store with a pharmacy and a man was in there asking about shoes and was told to go to his podiatrist and get properly fitted then bring the results to them and they will get the shoes that will properly fit him. I worked with a woman who had a stroke and she said she can't order shoes from a medical supply store without her exact measurements from her podiatrist. If she went in and they fitted her, they might not be the right shoe the podiatrist wants her to have.

palmal 2014-06-15 20:27:24 -0500 Report

I am sorry you are suffering so, may your new doctor be abled to help you with much success.

33suz 2014-06-15 18:31:04 -0500 Report

I have found for me Reebok has some well constructed shoes. They have a larger toe box and a variety of styles and types depending on your needs. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the support of running shoes (I don't run lol) helped my legs not ache at the end of the day.

haoleboy 2014-06-15 12:30:55 -0500 Report

Unfortunately the better my numbers and the more I exercise the worse my neuropathy has become.
My A1c is 5.8 and a year ago I was walking 2 miles a day … a month ago about a mile a day … now it is a struggle to get to the bathroom. I have an appointment with a new neurologist next month and hoping he may come up with a solution.

haoleboy 2014-06-16 23:19:45 -0500 Report

today was a good day… easily walked a 1/4 mile … felt I coulda done a half but it was getting dark … gives me a little hope

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:24:52 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, it is progressive and even when we do all the right things, sometimes we cannot combat what our body is doing. I know that would be frustrating to me. Could there be something else at play here? That is such a drastic drop in a month.

TRay043 2014-06-15 11:50:13 -0500 Report

I started to take control of my neuropathy and diabetes, five minutes is all I could do on the treadmill 2 to 3 times per day. After 3 months I was during 30 minutes a day; fast forward to Jan this year I am now doing 1 hour on the treadmill, 30 minutes on the stationary bike and 10 minutes kettle bell complete body workout, usually 7 days per week. Sometimes I will only do the treadmill or walk when camping. With the help of myfitnesspal and fitbit friends I would not have accomplished that much, now I have reached my goal weight (from 235 to 195) and reduced metformin from 3 500 mg to 2, completely eliminated glipizide and only take 1 200mg Lyrica rather than 3 for the neuropathy.

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:26:32 -0500 Report

That is a fantastic testament to what they were saying about having a buddy or support system to get you going. I have heard many good things about the fitbit

RebDee 2014-06-16 06:26:48 -0500 Report

I enjoy my stationary bike. I pedal while watching tv and the time goes faster and I am entertained so that I don't feel as if I am exercising. I hate to exercise. My dogs hate my exercise bike and ate the rubber pedals off.

palmal 2014-06-15 20:19:56 -0500 Report

How wonderful for you TRay043. I know it takes much work to first do then to up the doing!

33suz 2014-06-15 18:25:34 -0500 Report

That is certainly wonderful and gives me hope I can get results if I try also. Thank you.

theladyiscrazy 2014-06-15 10:40:21 -0500 Report

"Starting exercise can be challenging. Make it easier by starting slowly. Try five minutes of extra movement a day and add a little more time each day. The American Diabetes Association recommends building up to 30 minutes a day, five days a week."

I like how they recommend to start out SLOW and build. It isn't the "all or nothing" mentality I see a lot. Not everyone can start off walking a mile or doing 30 minutes at a time.

GabbyPA 2014-06-15 11:06:44 -0500 Report

yes, me too. I know being imbalanced is part of the scary thing in exercise. I am doing the work out Body by Banks, and at first I didn't have good enough balance to do some of the things. But with practice, I fear falling less, have better balance and he starts out nice and slow so I can keep up and feel accomplished in doing his workouts.