Top 5 Ways to Relieve Peripheral Neuropathy Foot Pain & Other Foot Ailments - Ask Doctor Jo
Hey everybody it's Doctor Jo, and today I'm going to show you the top five ways to relieve pain for peripheral neuropathy and other foot ailments. So let's get started. One, calf stretches. For the calf stretch, you can use a strap, a stretching strap, you can use a belt, if you have dog you can use a dog leash, or just a big towel, but I like the ones that have the loops in them because you want to just place it it kind of around the ball of your foot. With a calf stretch, you want your leg to be straight so bent like this isn't going to quite stretch the calf, so if you want to do it sitting down you can. I have a whole bunch of different ways to stretch it, and you can check that video out, but just sitting in a chair bring your leg up so it's straight, and pull with the strap.
So you want your foot to be relaxed, and then just pull until you feel a stretch through that calf area. You're going to hold that stretch for about 30 seconds and then relax it. Take just a little quick 10-second break, and then stretch again.
So you're going to do that a total of three times for 30 seconds. Number two. Far infrared heat. Ohh! The folks at thermotex partnered up with us, and they sent us their platinum thermotex, and this far infrared heat is super cool because what it does is it goes deeper. It penetrates deeper into the body. So usually with a normal heating pad, it only goes may be 0.25 centimeters this one goes all the way up to 6 centimeters or 2.36 inches.
So it goes down deeper in there, it doesn't dry out the skin, it doesn't dehydrate you, and it uses light instead of heat so this is really really cool. And I like the Platinum a lot because this one is very versatile, you can use it kind of for any part of your body. It has the three heat plates here, so it really molds around everything. And I like it for the foot, and especially for peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, but you can also use it for plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, fallen arches, just arthritis in general, or even sprains and strains down here. So you put your foot on the middle footplate there, and then you can just bring this up almost like a "C" around the foot.
It doesn't necessarily have to be super tight because it penetrates so deeply that you can just put it loosely around your foot, and so the Platinum you can see here has a lot of ways you can use it. If you're interested in finding out more about the Platinum, you can check out my full review of the platinum by clicking the Box in the top right hand corner, or you can check it out in the description below, there will be a link down there as well. Also if you want to be more specific with the foot, they have a little foot covering here which is really nice, and I like this because not only is it cute, but you can stick your feet in like this and it kind of encases the feet, so you can do them both at the same time. And again you can just have it and be working on something or watching TV, and it is cool because if you have peripheral neuropathy, or some kind of other nerve issue where you don't really have sensation in your feet, there's a pad in here that you can add in so it doesn't get that heat quite directly on there since you can't feel it.
So you can use it all the time in there if you want to, but if you want a little bit more heat that you can feel, you can take this out while you're using it. And I have some circulation issues in my feet where my feet are cold all the time, and so I like this just to have on my feet to keep that circulation going especially when it's cold outside it makes it really nice, and if you're interested in purchasing the product you can go to thermotex.com or click in the link below in the description. Number three.
Ankle pumps. For ankle pumps, you just want to put your foot out. If you want to prop it up on something you can, but make sure that your heel is free moving so it's not actually on the thing that's propped up, or you can just stick your foot out like me, and then you're just going to pull up and push down, so just pumping that ankle helps increase that circulation to the area and works those muscles, so just start off with about 10 of these and you can work your way up to 20 to 25 really pushing down as far as you can and pulling up. Number four. Heel toe raises. For seated heel toe raises, just place your feet flat on the ground, and then come up on your toes, come down and, then pull your toes up. So pushing up this way, and then pulling up this way. Again just starting off with about ten to fifteen of these, and then working your way up to twenty to twenty-five.
If they become easy, then you can do them standing up. Number five. Balance exercises. For balancing, make sure when you start off you have something sturdy like a countertop or a sturdy chair. Hold on and then just stand on one foot.
Start off like I said making sure that you're holding on the whole time. Just go ten to fifteen seconds. Once you can work your way up to thirty Seconds to a minute and that's easy, then just try holding on with a finger on each side, and then if that becomes easy, then just one finger, and then eventually just trying to balance on one foot. Make sure you're switching sides back and forth so you're getting both sides. So there you have it, those were the top five ways to relieve peripheral neuropathy or other foot ailments. If you're interested in purchasing the thermotex, click up here, and don't forget to subscribe to our channel by clicking down here.
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