Exercises for Neuropathy of the Feet
Neuropathy is nerve damage that can result in pain, numbness or tingling. Injury or vitamin deficiencies usually cause this condition. According to MayoClinic.com, a number of medical conditions, including diabetes, may lead to foot neuropathy. Exercise can help reduce pain from this condition.
Range of motion exercises help stimulate nerve conduction and circulation to affected areas. Range of motion exercises are performed at joints. For example, a range of motion exercise for the foot will rotate the ankle joint. Sitting in a chair, lift the affected foot and circle in a clockwise motion, then a counterclockwise motion. Repeat this cycling of the joint between five and 10 times in each direction.
Walking, stationary bicycling and swimming are low-impact exercises that can help reduce complications and pain of foot neuropathy, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and can increase muscle strength and coordination. When walking, keep the pelvis tucked slightly under and the lower abdominal muscles pulled in toward the base of the spine. Walk short distances at first, gradually increasing distance and duration. When biking or swimming, use full ankle joint function, working the joint to help prevent or reduce stiffness and pain.