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How to Keep Running with Neuropathy

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As Thanksgiving gets closer, so do the local Turkey Trots! One of these events is taking place on November 23, 2014, outside of Hamden in the nearby Wallingford. The Wallingford 5 Mile Turkey Trot is a great way to get in a little extra training and exercise before feasting the next week. If you have diabetic neuropathy, though, you may think you have to skip fun events like this to accommodate your condition. The good news is that running with neuropathy is possible if you take the right precautions.

Running with Neuropathy

The more severe your peripheral neuropathy is, the higher your risk for developing foot problems as a results—especially from the repetitive pounding that occurs with running. That’s why taking care of your lower limbs the right way is crucial. Then you experience the benefits of the sport without putting your feet out of commission for a while.

The key factors for keeping your feet safe are equipment, conditioning, and self-inspections:

  • Equipment: You absolutely must have the right shoes to help your feed absorb shock and avoid friction. Wear supportive running shoes with cushioned soles. Make sure they fit snugly without squeezing the feet or toes. Wear fitted socks with moisture-wicking properties to reduce friction issues. Double-layering your socks may be best. You might need orthotics to control abnormal biomechanics and protect pressure points on your lower limbs.

  • Conditioning: Feet that haven’t been prepared for running will develop injuries—particularly when you’re running with neuropathy. Make sure you slowly condition your lower limbs to handle the distances and speeds you’d like to run. Make sure you warm up well before you go out, too. Don’t shy away from scaling down the intensity to protect your feet if you need to, either.

  • Self-inspections: Foot problems tend to progress rapidly and become serious when you have diabetic neuropathy, so catching problems early is vital to preventing major complications. Carefully inspect your feet for minor damage before you hit the trail and after you finish, so any changes can be addressed immediately.

Running with neuropathy is possible, even if it does take a little more planning. Don’t let diabetes ruin your lower limbs or cut into your favorite activities. Let Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help protect your feet instead. Just make an appointment with our Connecticut offices through the website or by calling: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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