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Feet Exercises for Diabetics

Besides good hygiene, exercise is one of the best ways to avoid foot complications. Exercise does much to improve the blood circulation in the feet. That increased circulation will help to prevent the infections, intermittent claudication pain, and other foot problems which the diabetic may develop.
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Besides good hygiene, exercise is one of the best ways to avoid foot complications. Exercise does much to improve the blood circulation in the feet. That increased circulation will help to prevent the infections, intermittent claudication pain, and other foot problems which the diabetic may develop.

Let's take a look at some of the exercises which may prove helpful in preventing foot problems from developing or becoming worse:

  • Walk away from cigarettes. (This isn't really considered exercise.) If you are a smoker, however, it may be one of the best things you can do to improve the blood circulation in your feet.
  • Walk for at least 30 to 40 minutes each day. (Or substitute other sports if you are a more active, athletic person.) Fast walking increases the circulation more, but your walking speed will depend on your general physical condition and on your doctor's advice. You may need to start out at a slower pace, but gradually you should be able to walk farther and faster.
  • Stand by a chair, table or wall if needed to help keep your balance, and do the tiptoe exercise. Raise yourself from standing flat on the floor onto your tiptoes. Raise and lower your heels about 20 times, and repeat the exercise several times a day.
  • While sitting in a chair, keep a round plastic bottle by your feet, and roll it back and forth with one foot then with the other.
  • Drop a small towel or washcloth on the floor. Use your toes to pick up the towel and move it to another place. Keep moving the towel back and forth for several minutes, then repeat the exercise several times each day. This is a good exercise for stretching the muscles in the feet.
  • If you spend a lot of time sitting at home, at work, or traveling, spend a few minutes each hour wriggling your toes, stretching your feet, and rotating your ankles. You can exercise your feet even while you work.
  • Each hour during the day you should also stop what you are doing and walk around for a few minutes to improve the blood circulation in your feet and legs.

Remember to take your walk and do you exercises every day if you want them to be effective.

Have a good understanding of your feet and their care, and they will stand under you for years to come.

 

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Comments (2)

Excellent foot exercises for diabetics.Well composed information.Promoted.

This is excellent, Michelle!

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