It is essential to consider the health of the feet of the patient prior to engaging in exercise or physical activity, this is especially important for patients with peripheral neuropathy. Appropriate footwear, socks and care of feet before and after the exercise bout is important. Daily visual checks by the patient and regular checks by a health professional are also important (Chipkin et al., 2001; ADA, 2002). Furthermore, weight bearing exercise may not be appropriate for some patients with severe peripheral neuropathy.
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