What sports can I play with diabetes and foot neuropathy, I an missing 3 toes?
Hello and thank you for your question. Depending on the types of shoes you wear and the severity of your diabetic neuropathy, you should be able to play most sports. As the severity of diabetic neuropathy increases, the stability and strength of the foot weakens. This means that it is harder for the patient to maintain balance and proper foot mechanics. What’s great is that studies have now shown that diabetic neuropathy can be halted and even reversed with good blood sugar control and vitamin supplements such as alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine. If you are interested in learning more about these options, I would speak to your Podiatrist. In addition, because you have a history of digit amputations you will want to get a shoe filler as to try and maintain as proper foot mechanics as possible. After you play any sport, and at the end of every day I would check your feet to make sure there are no cuts, blisters, calluses or anything that could lead to infections and further amputation. I hope this helps!
Dr. Emily Splichal
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