Can I exercise with neuropathy?

Yes! In fact, we encourage anyone with neuropathy to have a sensible exercise plan. Regular exercise can help minimize muscle pain and cramping related to neuropathy, and helps improve your circulation, keeping blood pumping nutrients to your nerves as efficiently as possible.

However, we do ask that you check in with us, or with your regular family doctor, before initiating any official exercise routine. Neuropathy poses unique challenges and risks, and we wouldn’t want you engaging in any activities that could damage your feet or lead to accidents related to muscle weakness, loss of balance, or other related problems.

Generally speaking, sitting and stretching exercises, strength training, and low-impact cardio such as cycling or swimming are great options for people dealing with peripheral neuropathy. However, other activities may be approved or disapproved based on your condition. A full examination is recommended to help devise the best treatment plan and tailor a workout routine that will offer you the greatest benefit. To set up an appointment at our Long Island podiatry office, please call 516-541-9000 today.

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates