How To Restore Strength to a Nerve Damaged Leg

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Nerve damage to your leg can cause muscle weakness and pain. (Image: PhotoAlto/Odilon Dimier/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Nerve damage in your legs is often referred to as neuropathy. Neuropathy can be caused by injury or diabetes complications. When you suffer from nerve damage in your legs, you may notice trouble standing, walking or even sitting due to decreased strength. Upon diagnosis, most doctors recommend that you perform physical therapy exercises to regain strength and aid in the healing process. These exercise can be done at home, even while you watch television.

Step 1

Sit in a chair and place your feet flat on the floor. Tap your toes as if you were following the beat of your favorite song. You may also play music to help keep you motivated. Tap your toes on the floor slowly and increase speed a little each tap. Begin alternating your toe tapping with lifting your heels. Repeat this exercise five to 10 times per day.

Step 2

Lie on the floor or other flat surface and bend your knees at a 90-degree angle. Slowly straighten your right leg till it touches the floor. Exhale as you lift your leg upwards until both knees are parallel. Hold for the count of five and return to starting position as you inhale. Repeat alternating between your left and right legs for five repetitions per day.

Step 3

Stand in front of a wall and place your hands, palms down against it. Place your feet hip width apart, away from the wall. Lift yourself up onto your toes, bringing your heels off of the floor. Hold for the count of five and slowly return to your starting position. Repeat five to 10 repetitions per day.

Step 4

Lie with your back on the floor and lift both legs to a 90-degree angle. Exhale as you move your legs away from each other forming a V. Hold your position for the count of five and move your legs back together and down to the floor. Repeat five times per day.

Step 5

Lie on your stomach on the floor with your legs straight behind you. Exhale as you bring your right leg upwards and hold for the count of five. Return to starting position and repeat with your left leg. Continue alternating legs until you have finished five repetitions on each side.

Step 6

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hands to your sides. Slowly bend your knees until your upper thighs are parallel with the floor. Hold for the count of five and slowly raise back up using your leg muscles. Repeat for five repetitions per day.

Tip

Consult your doctor before attempting any exercise routine to strengthen nerve damaged legs. A physical therapist can also help you with proper form to reduce risk of further injury.

Warning

Do not continue exercises if you experience pain in your legs or back. This could be an indication that your legs or back have suffered more extensive damage. Seek immediate medical attention.

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