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Hello @janjenny76, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with Chris @artscaping. Computers can be a little overwhelming for us older generation. Thank you for helping your father with Connect. Hopefully you will find some suggestions that will help provide some relief for his neuropathy symptoms. You mentioned he says it feels like he is walking on plastic. I'm 78 going on 79 and just have the numbness with no pain in my feet. I do find that good light weight shoes with memory foam inserts feel the best when I'm walking and actually help with my balance some. I typically buy Sketchers but there are many different brands that have helped members. There is a good discussion on the best shoes you might find helpful.

— Does anyone find that a type of shoe helps your foot neuropathy?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/does-anyone-find-that-a-brand-of-shoes-helps-your-foot-neuropathy/

Another thing I think is really important for us older generation folks is taking better care of our feet. I generally try to keep the skin on my feet from drying out by rubbing a moisturizer lotion on them daily and giving them a little massage while rubbing the lotion. Not long ago I ran across a nice list of tips for taking care of your feet – Foot Care Tips | 12 Steps to healthier, happier feet!: https://allforlegs.com/blogs/news/34693189-foot-care-tips-12-steps-to-healthier-happier-feet.

Does your father have any pain with his neuropathy or is it mostly the loss of feeling like numbness? Also, if you don't mind sharing, how did your father find out about Mayo Clinic Connect since he doesn't use a computer?

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When dealing with neuropathy, what matters most is the type of blood thinner you use. I have a bunch of myelin diseases and went through about 10 thinners and was about ready to try dill pickles (I finally did try them, and they worked a little–made me forget the continuing neuropathy) before I settled on Turmeric, about a quarter teaspoon of kitchen -grade Turmeric in a 1/4 cup of warm water when I get up in the morning. Sequencing.com says I have a gene that says I need to have this. All I know is that it works for me. Also, I get Priority footwear shoes, and they are very comfortable. oldkarl

Hello, John. @johnbishop Thank you for your reply. Your foot care and shoe suggestions are very helpful. I read your comments to my dad. He will try massaging his feet, with lotion. He also loosened his shoes a little, and that seemed to help. We will look at other lightweight, well fitting shoes, as you mentioned. My dad doesn’t have pain with the numbness.
We found this group, because my dad has asked my brother, and me, to look for neuropathy forums, where he can get suggestions. So, my brother found Mayo Connect. My dad has a high opinion of Mayo, and was interested in joining this group. Since he doesn’t use a computer, he asked me to assist him. Thank you for your great suggestions and input about shoes and foot care!