warning signsThere are many actions you can take to reduce your risk of injury and danger – wearing a seatbelt, using a parachute, and letting your mother-in-law stay over for the holidays, just to name a few. So, if there are things you could do to reduce your risk of neuropathy, it makes sense to take such steps to avoid the dangers this condition can bring, right? After all, nerve damage is an unwanted guest, just like…well, let’s just leave it at that.

So, here are ways to keep your nerves healthy and your feet safe from harm by reducing your chances of neuropathy:

  • Keep your blood sugar and pressure in check.
  • Manage underlying issues like diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disorders, and other such contributors to neuropathy.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t smoke!
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a diet rich in vitamins B and E, as well as plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein.
  • Check medications to ensure side effects don’t contribute to nerve damage.
  • Avoid exposure to toxins.
  • Make sure injuries get the proper treatment they need to heal correctly.

Your mother-in-law may get on your nerves, but at least you can protect them from damage! Follow these guidelines to reduce your risk of neuropathy and, in all seriousness, it’s important that you do so to prevent the dangers that can come with this condition. If you need help, you can count on us. Make an appointment by contacting our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434. We’ll help keep your feet safe!

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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