We don’t mean to spoil “the best kept secret” in Hernando County, but Spring Hill is home to Nature Coast Botanical Gardens & Nursery. This beautiful, 3.5 acre park is free, dog-friendly, and open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. If you are bogged down from all the stresses that can come with the daily grind, Nature Coast is the perfect escape. When you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, though, getting out and enjoying the serenity offered by this wonderful park may be the last thing you want to do.
This condition results from damage to peripheral nerves and causes pain, weakness, and numbness in your feet and hands. One of the most common root causes is diabetes, but it may also result from infections, metabolic problems, exposure to toxins, and traumatic injuries.
For those who live with this ailment, it is important to note that there are effective measures that can be taken at home to combat the pain from peripheral neuropathy.
- A regular exercise routine, even taking a walk three times a day (at Nature Coast, perhaps?), can reduce pain from neuropathy, improve your muscle strength, and even stabilize glucose levels. Yoga and tai chi are low-impact exercises that can prove to be quite beneficial, too.
- Eating healthy meals will ensure that you get essential minerals and vitamins. Including whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies, and low-fat meats will help provide the right nutrients and give you the energy you need to be active.
- Avoiding excessive alcohol use and quitting smoking are smart lifestyle choices for anyone, but even more so for those who suffer from neuropathy.
When home care habits aren’t effective, it is time to consult with a leading expert, like Lawrence Kales, DPM at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle. If you have had enough of the pain and weakness associated with peripheral neuropathy, schedule an appointment at either of our convenient locations by calling (352) 683-5799 for our Spring Hill, FL, office or (727) 868-2128 for our Hudson office. You can also schedule online so you can get the help you need today!
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