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Minimize Neuropathy Discomfort for the Fourth of July

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American flag Maybe you’re walking in the 56th Annual Carmichael Elks’ Club Parade on the Fourth of July. Maybe you have tingling, burning pain from neuropathy that’s making you re-think your commitment. Maybe you find yourself falling more often or even not being able to sleep at night. If this is the case, you should read further about how to minimize neuropathy discomfort.

If you can stay active, that’s great. Walking or running will keep your circulation going. The parade might even help minimize your pain! When you go, make sure you’re wearing shoes with enough room for your toes. If you’re going to be walking you should always wear a pair of good walking shoes. You should never wears sandals of any kind.

For immediate relief from pain, just sit down and massage the area that hurts. Some people might feel a tingling in their toes. In severe cases, the burning, sharp, sensitive pain can be constant—even keeping them up at night when they want to rest from the pain. A massage will relieve pressure. You can also use ice to get rid of some pain.

Diabetics should monitor their blood sugar very closely. After all, unregulated sugar levels are a big contributor to the damaged nerves and poor circulation that created this pain in the first place. Smoking also affects circulation and intensifies the effects of nerve damage.

If you’re overweight, you might want to try losing extra pounds. Your body will be better at handling blood sugar levels and will put less pressure on your feet.

Maybe you’ll find that the best decision you make for your feet is to visit Dr. Brian McDowell or Dr. Tracy L. Basso at the McDowell Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA. We specialize in diagnosing and treating nerve pain and would love to help put an end to it. To get in touch with us, call (916) 961-3434 or follow us on Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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