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Neuropathy (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

Special and careful care of the feet is important in people with neuropathy to reduce the chance of developing sores and infections. The nerves to the feet are the nerves most commonly affected by neuropathy. Proper foot care includes:

  • wash the feet with warm water each day and thoroughly dry feet after washing (especially between the toes);
  • never go barefoot or wear improperly-fitting, damaged, or too-tight footwear;
  • inspect the feet daily, looking for cuts, blisters, or other problems;
  • cut and file toenails when needed;
  • thick, seamless socks can help prevent irritation of the feet;
  • call your health care practitioner if you have any problems with your feet;
  • massaging the feet can improve circulation; and
  • smoking cessation can further improve blood circulation, since smoking damages circulation to the extremities and may worsen foot problems.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015

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