Did you know that …. Foot Issues (Deformities) and Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-04-08 16:51:56 -0500
Started 2011-04-05 10:09:21 -0500

Did you know that ….

Toe deformities (hammer, claw, curly, mallet toe and overriding of toes) are
unknown in non-shoe wearing populations.

Their incidence varies from 2 to 20%, and increases with age. Women are affected
four to five times more often than men.
Most people have no underlying disease, although neuromuscular diseases and inflammatory arthropathies may be accompanied by such toe deformities.

Toe deformities are more common in people with diabetes, due to muscle atrophy and limited joint mobility. Deformities such as those described above, when present in a patient with loss of sensation due to diabetic neuropathy, pose a risk for the development of neuropathic ulcers, as prominences are susceptible to skin-on shoe friction.

Patients are instructed to check their feet every day.

Taken from the book entitled “Diabetes Atlas of the Diabetic Foot.” Pg. 56

This book is incredible!
Anyone who doesn’t believe in the importance of caring for your feet as a diabetic, will do so after reading this book, the photographs, diagrams, and explanation of medical terminology is excellent!


8 replies

tabby9146 2011-04-08 16:08:01 -0500 Report

I have a bunion on each foot, way down from my big toe. they hve been there for years, and have not bothered me yet .I am hoping I can go see a podiatrist and see what I can do to prevent them from hurting. I do not want surgery, sw that performed on t.v. no way, unless they get to hurting me bad someday. I read there are shoe inserts and other things that can help. I am sure I got them from wearing pointy toed dress shoes in my 20s, later on I stopped wearing them completely.

realsis77 2011-04-05 11:28:04 -0500 Report

That's very interesting! I know that BEFORE I got my diagnosis as diabetic my feet would turn almost purpleish. Now that I'm under good contol that dosent happen any more thank God! I didn't know what was going on then and id say "look at my feet what's wrong with them"?? Now I know what was happening! I'm happy to say that's in the past now! Great article and very important!! Thanks for posting it!

northerngal 2011-04-05 10:18:40 -0500 Report

No surprise to me. Look at the ridiculous shoes and heels people wear. 6 inch heels, pointy toes, why would anyone EVER wear that? I never have, don't ever intend to and have NO foot problems after 40yrs of being diabetic. I don't care what the fashionistas think, they are not attractive and I am tall enough to not need heels to add height. Its moronic to wobble around on heels because some designer in New York or Paris says it the fashion of the day. I stick to my midwestern conservative, unfashionable style.

kittenpurr1 2011-04-08 16:51:01 -0500 Report

I could never wear heels, and for sure I couldn't stand up in a pair of 6 inch heels, I would break my ankle. I had to wear corrective shoes as a child. Now, each foot has the toe next to the pinky toe, they curve under like cashew nuts. I have arthritis in my feet. I had an injection in my left foot, before that doctor left the practice. So, I haven't had one sense. That shot hurt at the end, it gave me 3 weeks of no pain. I do have some maybe 1 inch heels, that are for funerals and that type thing, I only put them on right before getting out of the car.

tabby9146 2011-04-08 16:08:59 -0500 Report

I quit wearing high heels many many years ago. I just wasn't comfortable, but I was in my 20s, as I got into my 30s I said forget it. I don't wear things just for looks anymore so I'm with you.

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