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4 Steps Of How To Make Foot Neuropathy Better (Numbness & Tingling)

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4 Steps of How to get your sensation back from neuropathy

Hi, it’s Satoru from hariQ acupuncture & herbs. In this blog, I would like to explain how to manage your foot neuropathy at home. This type of the neuropathy that I’m going to explain is sensory neuropathy on the feet. The most common symptoms are numbness, tingling (pins and needles), cold and wet feeling on the bottom of the foot that you can’t feel normal. 

It is very annoying and unbearable that you don’t want just to leave it alone. It’s important to manage neuropathy symptoms effectively to maintain a good quality of life. There are 4 steps that you can do by yourself to reduce the tingling and numbness and increase the sensation of your feet.

We understand this can be a lot of information and overwhelming: if you are looking for more support and answers, set up a free consultation with our neuropathy Specialist, Satoru Ozawa. Share your story, get your questions answered, and learn how you can set yourself up for tremendous success in achieving a healthy life.

What is Neuropathy?

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that occurs when peripheral nerves, which are responsible for sending signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, are damaged. This can result in a variety of symptoms, including numbness, tingling, prickling, burning, and a loss of sensation in the affected areas. Neuropathy can be caused by a number of factors, including diabetes, traumatic injuries, infections, and exposure to toxins.

What Causes Neuropathy?

There are many risk factors that can cause neuropathy in the feet, but I will just explain the four major ones. Neuropathy can be caused by various factors such as diabetes, traumatic injuries, infections, and exposure to toxins.

Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of neuropathy. This is because high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, especially the capillaries, which are tiny vessels found mainly around the eyes, toes, and fingertips. These vessels are usually the first to be affected, and one of the initial signs could be numbness and tingling.

Traumatic injuries

When you injure your feet or lower spine, the nerve signals may not be sent due to the damage. It’s similar to wires being cut or damaged in a computer. This can particularly affect the nerves in the Lumber 5, Sacral 1, and Sacral 2 regions, which control the skin sensation on the bottom of the feet according to the dermatome theory.

Infections

Infections, especially bacterial and viral infections, can also cause neuropathy. Viruses are widespread, and when your immune system is weakened or you are exposed to a viral environment, you may experience neuropathy, resulting in numbness and tingling in your feet. Some infections that can lead to neuropathy include Lyme disease, shingles, Hepatitis B and C, leprosy, diphtheria, and even HIV.

Exposure to toxins

Exposure to toxins, such as alcohol or drugs, can harm the peripheral nerves and capillary vessels, resulting in numbness and tingling in the feet. Chemicals like heavy metals, lead, and mercury can affect either the axon part of the nerves, which is responsible for sending signals, or the myelin part, which speeds up nerve signals. This can also result in poor absorption of essential vitamins, which are crucial for nerve generation.

How to get your sensation back from neuropathy (4 Steps)

Now, I will demonstrate how to manage or improve foot sensation at home with 4 simple steps. Start these exercises and benefit from them.

Step 1: Step on a bamboo stepper

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Bamboo Steps for Neuropathy
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The first step is to step a bamboo stepper, also called Kakefumi in Japanese. The Takefumi stepper is a traditional oriental tool to regulate your feet’ circulation, stretch your plantar fascia, smooth your tissue, and return the sensation of the bottom of the foot.

You can purchase it from Amazon.com or an Asian grocery store such as H Mart, Mitsuwa, Marukai, Mizuwa, etc. It’s reasonably priced. Simply place it on a hard floor and step on it for about 5 minutes. Initially, you may feel sore and find it difficult to even stand up on it. If it’s too uncomfortable, take a break every 30-second. As you get used to it and feel less discomfort, gradually increase the stepping time.

The area of focus is the arch of the foot. Apply constant pressure to soften the fascia and tissue, promoting increased blood flow.

Step 2: Massage your foot

Foot massage for neuropathy

Certain pressure points can be massaged to increase blood circulation and improve the sensation of your foot. I want you to focus on massage three different parts: the first is between the base of the toes and metatarsal bones, the second is between the metatarsal bones, and the last is on the toes.

No. 1

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This is the common area that you have tender spots when you have neuropathy. Those 3 points are at the metatarsal bone. These points are at the crease on the toes. Use your thumb and press and move the circular motion each spot 10 seconds.

No. 2

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This is the area on the metatarsal bone between the toes. There are 5 points. Rub in a circular motion for 10 seconds on each spot.

No. 3

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This is the area on the each toe tip. These are also the common tender spots for foot neuropathy. There are 5 points. Rub in a circular motion for 10 seconds on each spots. 

Step 3: Soak your feet

Foot bath for Neuropathy

Soaking your feet in hot water can increase blood flow and improve skin sensation. Many people with numbness in their feet also experience constant coldness, regardless of the weather or whether they wear socks. This could be a sign of poor blood circulation, leading to numbness, tingling, and a cold, damp feeling in the feet. Therefore, I recommend that those experiencing neuropathy or similar symptoms soak their feet.

Prepare a bucket of hot water (at 100 degrees) with Epsom salt. Epsom salt contains magnesium that is absorbed through the skin, increasing blood flow and softening the tissue of your feet. Soaking your feet for about 20 minutes every day will provide these benefits and enhance the sensation in your feet.

Step 4: Use a foot patch at night for detox

Foot patch for neuropathy

There is the detox foot patch that you can use at night while your are sleeping. Inside the patch, there are Chinese herbs, including Ginger, tourmaline, and lavender, which may help with pain and sleep quality. 

Remember this information: Detox foot pads are meant to be stuck on the bottom of your feet overnight to draw out toxins, like heavy metals. When you remove the pad in the morning, its darkened appearance is said to reflect the toxins removed from your body. 

*However, there are no scientific studies proving that detox foot pads work or are safe. In fact, some distributors have been charged with deceptive advertising by the Federal Trade Commission.

Important Note

Performing these 4 step neuropathy exercises can help speed up your healing process and alleviate numbness and tingling on your feet. If you are still experiencing trouble with your foot sensation, you may want to consider alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, to expedite the recovery process.

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Is Acupuncture Effective for Neuropathy?

Yes. Acupuncture is very effective for neuropathy. We examined your foot sensation during the initial acupuncture session.  The treatments focused on increasing blood circulation and inducing the sensation. Acupuncture has been shown in many studies to be incredibly practical in increasing the sensory nerve due to its ability to stimulate the body to release its natural painkillers. 

When Should I start Acupuncture?

As a general rule of thumb, the sooner one receives treatment, the better the prognosis. Some patients come for neuropathy treatment months or even years after the initial onset, and these chronic cases are often more complex and take a much longer time to achieve results. Even then, recovery is not guaranteed.

How Often Should I Schedule Acupuncture Sessions?

Regarding the frequency of treatments, Acupuncture follows a simple rule. Acute and relatively new conditions are most effectively treated with more frequent visits, whereas chronic and old conditions can benefit from more widespread treatments. In other words, if you just had an onset of neuropathy, you will probably be prescribed 2-3 treatments per week in order to get the most effective results, and chronic cases will generally come in only once a week.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with neuropathy and want to learn more about acupuncture and whether it’s appropriate for your case, send us a message through our contact page.  Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post! I appreciate your interest and hope to see you again for future posts.

We understand this can be a lot of information and overwhelming: if you are looking for more support and answers, set up a free consultation with our neuropathy Specialist, Satoru Ozawa. Share your story, get your questions answered, and learn how you can set yourself up for tremendous success in achieving a healthy life.

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