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Staying dedicated to exercise may help control nerve pain or peripheral neuropathy. According to one study, people who took a brisk walk for an hour or walked on a treadmill four times a week slowed how quickly their nerve damage worsened. The key is making exercise a regular part of your life with diabetes. But first, speak with your doctor to see which exercise is right for you.
Swimming or water aerobics can be gentle forms of exercise. Water supports your body, putting less pressure on feet affected by nerve pain. Yoga and tai chi may also be good choices. Their movements may help with balance and relaxation.
No high wire needed for this move — just follow the same motion. Practice walking heel to toe. Line one foot up directly in front of the other as you step forward. Leave some bend in your knees and spread out your arms to help you balance. You can even try the same thing in the reverse manner as well.
Having a good fitting pair of athletic shoes is especially important for people with diabetes. They can help you avoid foot injury. When shopping, look for a roomy toe box to prevent unwanted rubbing and blisters. On your way to exercising, pack a quick source of carbs in case your blood sugar drops. Hard candy and raisins may be good choices.
Get your heart, eyes, and feet checked out by your doctor before starting a new form of exercise. After each workout, look for injury to feet, and other areas prone to injury. When you have diabetes blisters, cracks, cuts, and scrapes should be treated with extra care to avoid infection.
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