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What Forms of Exercise Are Good For People With Diabetic Foot Complications?

Walking can actually improve circulation in your legs and feet by forcing the blood vessels to work harder and expand. In fact, this is the recommended exercise for people with intermittent claudication (pain in the calf due to poor circulation). Walking is good for your heart and for your diabetes managment too. Try to walk for 30 to 60 minutes every day. Can’t do it all at once? Try to 15 to 20 minute walks.

If you have lost much of the feeling in your feet, you can participate in non weight bearing exercises, such as swimming, bicycling or rowing. Upper body exercise are also helpful, as well as yoga. You will achieve your best level of fitness if you do several different types of exercise during the week.

If you row or bicycle on a machine, take care that the foot straps don’t injure your feet. In a pool, you should wear aqua shoes to protect your feet.

Remember that household chores, such as vacuuming and gardening, count as exercise too.

We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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