RWC is now proudly accepting most insurances!

In-Home Safety Tips for Peripheral Neuropathy

Having peripheral neuropathy can turn your world upside down. It's not uncommon to go from having an active, healthy lifestyle to being unable to get out of bed in the morning. But often in the case of peripheral neuropathy, you're almost safer staying in bed - especially if you haven't properly safeguarded your home.

That's because sometimes the numbness and pain caused by peripheral neuropathy can make something as simple as a walk across the room a dangerous endeavor. Here are some things you can do to safeguard your home or the home of someone you love who has peripheral neuropathy.

Use Your Elbows

Because the feet and hands can often lose feeling due to nerve damage, many patients with peripheral neuropathy may not realize they are injured until it's too late. For example, if you're used to testing shower water temperature with your hand, but your hand is numb, you could get a serious burn if you don't realize you've made the water too hot. For this reason, experts recommend you test water with a body part that doesn't experience numbness, such as your elbow.

Shoes On

Just as you can easily burn your skin due to numbness in your hands and feet, you can also injure your hands and feet and not realize it. This can lead to everything from serious infection to amputation. To reduce your risk of injuring your feet without realizing it, wear shoes or rubber-soled slippers even while indoors. This will help prevent accidental toe stubs and stepping on sharp objects that could cut your feet without you realizing it.

Beef Up Security in Your Bathroom

There's a good chance your bathroom already has safety accessories like a bath mat or tub liner, but if it doesn't yet, we recommend you get one. This will reduce your risk of accidental falls getting in and out of the shower. Furthermore, you should consider adding safety rails to your bathtub if it does not already have them.

Clear the Room

Make sure your house is hazard free and has clear walking paths throughout each room. Remove cords, furniture, rugs and children's toys that could cause you to trip. Don't be afraid to ask your family to pitch in and keep your home safe from potential hazards.

For additional assistance treating your peripheral neuropathy, please give Dr. Nathan Weller and Restore Wellness Center a call at 480-751-1629.

Can Diet Affect Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms?
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Monday, 20 May 2019

RWC is now proudly accepting most insurances, call today for your free consult and exam with one of our providers!

Phone: (480) 442-3990

Address: 3337 N Miller Rd, Suite 102, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

© 2018 Restore Wellness Center. All Rights Reserved. Designed By: Dog Star Media | Privacy Policy

 +480-751-1629

3337 N Miller Rd, Suite 102, Scottsdale, AZ 85251