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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy refers to a condition that results from damage to the peripheral nerves, which are any that are outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. The symptoms depend on which nerves are damaged, but typically affect the hands, legs, and feet. Some common symptoms of Neuropathy include:

Numbness or tingling: People with peripheral neuropathy often experience a tingling sensation, similar to pins and needles, or numbness in affected areas, including the feet. 

Muscle weakness: Those who suffer from neuropathy can sometimes experience muscle weakness in the feet, which can make walking difficult.

Pain or sensitivity: It is not uncommon to experience stabbing, burning, or shooting pain in affected areas, when dealing with peripheral neuropathy, as well as increased sensitivity to touch and/or temperature.

Loss of balance: Peripheral neuropathy sufferers can experience a loss of coordination and balance, which can lead to falls and injuries.


Neuropathy Treatment

The best treatment for neuropathy depends on the cause, and which nerves have been affected. If you have diabetes, the first step is to ensure this is well controlled and find effective treatment and foot care for diabetes that work for you, which will help prevent the neuropathy from getting any worse.

Some common treatments for neuropathy that sufferers often find helpful, again depending on the symptoms experienced, include medicines, pain relief, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. 


Treatment for Neuropathy in Feet

When it comes to treating neuropathy in the feet, the most important thing is improving your every day comfort with supportive shoe insoles for neuropathy. You can also try soaking your feet in warm water, massaging your feet, and using compression socks to relieve pain. See some of our recommended products for people with diabetic neuropathy below…


Best Insoles for Neuropathy: What to Look For

When choosing the best insoles for diabetic neuropathy, it is important to find the right shoe inserts which will effectively relieve neuropathy-related foot pain and help with imbalance. The insole should ideally be full length, and feature gel padding, arch support, and a cushioned layer to minimise friction and pressure on the feet — which is why we recommend our FootActive Sensi Insoles for diabetes and neuropathy conditions.


Why is Foot Care for Neuropathy so Important?

Foot care for individuals with neuropathy is crucial because peripheral neuropathy, especially when it affects the lower extremities, can lead to a variety of foot-related problems. People with diabetic neuropathy are prone to wounds and pressure injuries, as other symptoms including numbness can make it difficult for individuals to feel when friction wounds are appearing. Some of the most important foot care tips for those with diabetic neuropathy include: 


Inspecting your feet daily: Including checking for cuts, wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, blisters, and signs of redness or inflammation, as well as changes in foot shape.

Keeping feet clean and dry: Meaning washing your feet daily and keeping them as dry as possible to prevent infections.

Choosing the correct footwear: Finding the right footwear and insoles that will provide padding and comfort for your feet.

Keeping feet moisturised: Using lotions and foot creams to help prevent cracking and further wounds.

Avoiding extreme temperatures: Neuropathy can impact temperature sensation, so avoiding extreme temperatures can help minimise the chance of injury.



Do people with diabetes always require neuropathy insoles?

It is recommended that people with diabetic neuropathy wear orthotic insoles to prevent further injury, improve every day balance and comfort, and relieve any pain caused by the neuropathy.

Can neuropathy in the feet be reversed?

The damaged nerves cannot repair themselves, so if you have peripheral neuropathy, it is more important to manage the pain and prevent further damage with the correct foot care. Using supportive insoles for neuropathy is the best way to prevent further injury, but should be combined with other recommended foot care. 

Should you walk if you have neuropathy in your feet?

Gentle walking with the supportive footwear and the correct insoles for neuropathy can actually help alleviate pain, as well as improving muscle strength.

How can FootActive help?

We specialise in orthotic shoe insoles for a range of foot conditions. Speak to our friendly and knowledgeable team about our products, and see how our insoles and foot care products can provide you with every day comfort. Get in touch today


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