"A Foot In The Sun"
For me, dealing with constant itch and care of my feet due to Neuropathy wounds is just a "fact of life." I think at least at this stage, I have it managed but of recent, I found that exposing my feet to the morning and afternoon sun for 10-15 minutes (avoid sun burn) not only feels good, but is helping to dry-out tiny wounds and suppressing their continuation as a problem. The itchy and ultimately patches dry-out and seem to stay irritation and wound free not to mention that it just feels great.
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@windsorchris, Taking care of your feet when you have neuropathy is job #1. As a teenager, I loved going to the beach and walking in the sand and I'm sure the exposure of the sun on my feet was part of why it felt good. A few months ago I was on a Zoom meeting and a nurse from Mayo Clinic gave a talk on Earthing which I had never heard the term. Here's some information on the topic. "Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth's electrons from the ground into the body." — Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/
It's good to hear that you get some relief and some benefit from putting the feet in the sun 🙂
Bet that nurse didn’t have Neuropathy. I couldn’t walk barefoot when my Neuropathy was so painful and now that thay are numb it’s not worth taking a chance of injuring them and not know.
I’d rather have less sleep and feet, such as they are.
I'm with you Jake. Loved going barefoot as a kid but can't now as for one thing I have to wear compression socks during the day and don't like stepping on sharp objects with numb feet also.
I get the chills thinking of walking barefoot now. Take care of your feet is the number 1 thing. Have your toenails cut by a professional, wear the right sock and shoes. Nothing tight, nothing rubbing. Stay clean, no infection. Use moisturizer. Keep your diabetes numbers within limits. Then you can search for the magic pill or therapy that will work. Good luck to all. PN can be torture!!!
It isn't a requirement to walk barefoot. As mentioned above there are devices that produce conductivity that you can use in the safety of your home. The National Institute of Health has sound research information on grounding. The website is listed above.
The National Institute of Health's research actually states that continuous earthing of the human body decreases blood glucose in patients with diabetes. This does not mean stop the excellent care you are giving yourself nor do you have to walk barefoot. There are inexpensive devices that produce the conductivity in the comfort and safety of your home.
I have read and seen on television that many cultures that don't wear shoes (go barefoot) have a lot less foot problems than developed nations do.
@windsorchris Thanks for sending that link to the paper on Grounding/Earthing. That is VERY interesting and contains the results of real experiments before and after. This is such an easy thing to try that I will definitely do it. Just sitting with your barefeet on a conductive pad or metal sheet connected to a stake driven into the ground or to your copper water pipes (if they are buried in the ground where they enter the house) will do it. Some people sleep on such a conductive pad too. Anyone discovering any health changes after trying this out for awhile, please report back here. I will too.