My feet are a mess!!

By LofanNui Latest Reply 2017-01-29 19:41:50 -0600
Started 2008-10-07 03:46:44 -0500

Hey everybody,
I was diagnosed with Type 2 about 18 months ago so I'm not up on all info. I have a real problem with my feet! I have really deep cracks in the heels, so deep that at times it is difficult to even stand on them. On the balls of my feet the skin is cracked and splitting in layers that look like gills and on my toes I have what look like callouses. In general my feet seem to have an excess of dead skin. I work on them with a pumice stone and even have my Husband sand them with his Dremel, but within a few days the skin that was sanded off comes right back. My Doc suggested slathering them with Vaseline and putting socks on at night, but that doesn't seem to help at all. I have tried special balm made for foot cracking, to no avail. Please does any have any ideas? I suffer from the pain and burning in my feet and adding this problem is making it very hard for me to get around. Is this a direct result of the diabetes and if so does it have a name? All I have is alot of question with no answers…

19 replies 2013-04-30 01:17:35 -0500 Report

hi my name is stella i haveing bad problems with my feet i been a diebetic for 20 yrs it hard foe me too walk my feet puff out too were it hurts too walk , my doctor said it part off being a diebetic .stella

95ncountin 2013-04-30 02:28:04 -0500 Report

Hi. I have feet problems too. Soaking my feet and using a pumice stone daily helps. It is part of diabetes, but working at it every day helps it from being too much of a pain.

Feel better soon


Bobby C,PED
Bobby C,PED 2012-02-20 03:56:23 -0600 Report

Has your Dr suggested you see a pedorthist or DPM to first be fitted with shoes and orthotics? You obviously have some serious circulation issues. This effects the oil glands, sweat gland, hair follicles pretty much everything. You need to be in good shoes, accommodative orthotics and some really good diabetic socks. And walk to keep circulation going in your extremities

wilbzbooboo 2008-10-12 14:20:14 -0500 Report

Gold bond (BLUE) for severe cracking works for me.Target have a few for severe cracking.Apply after a bath or shower 2-3 times a day until you get a hold on the dryness

kyladee 2008-10-11 12:00:11 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing this problem that I thought I was alone with.I was diagnosed with type 2 insulin dependent diabetes less than a month ago. My feet are in the same shape. It feels like theres splinters in my heels. When I try to see if I can get it out, my skin peels in layers also. They're so dry, and I put lotion on all the time. I have a spur on one heel, and there are times I can hardly stand on that foot. I have to wonder, what's next…

Anonymous 2008-10-11 10:31:40 -0500 Report

This weekend I got some new stuff for my feet and after 2 treatments it has worked alot. first I got the new Ped Egg, it gently removes the dead skin and then I rubbed on the new Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy Lotion. and put on socks for bed and I did it again this morning. My feet are so much softer and better looking than they have been in months. The Ped Egg was 10 dollars at Wal Mart and the lotion was 5 dollars in the lotion section of health and beuaty dept. I highly recommend these products.

sparkysmom 2008-10-07 14:46:51 -0500 Report

My feet are bad. They use to be really bad!They were dried, cracked and some times they would bleed. I tried prescriptions and all kinds of treatments. Finally Found Avon's foot soak and anti crack lotion. Yep AVON! Who would have thunk it? I soak my feet every night and then right before bed Hubby helps me rub the lotion in. I also will only wear Medi Ped socks and never go barefoot anymore.. This has helped me.

GabbyPA 2008-10-07 14:50:22 -0500 Report

going barefoot is my vice. I have always hated shoes. I find that now I tend to wear at least socks more often and even my crocks end up on my feet when I am home. It does help a lot to keep them in shoes and socks.

sparkysmom 2008-10-07 14:52:19 -0500 Report

I LOVE my Crocs. Since my knee replacement 2 years ago they are the only shoes that don't hurt my feet. I go sock footed most of the time at home.

Anonymous 2008-10-09 03:51:26 -0500 Report

You all do know they have diabetic crocs. On there website. They are called Cloud RX and are about 40 dollars. I have a pair and love them. They are the only shoes I wear. Winter and summer.

GabbyPA 2008-10-09 04:45:11 -0500 Report

I had no idea they made special ones, I will have to look into that. Mine are a year old, and wearing them everyday, they are taking a beating. I need a new pair.

vgarrison 2008-10-11 13:28:43 -0500 Report

All I can say is that if I wasn't married…I'd track down the inventor of crocs and give them a big fat wet kiss!!!! I sooo love my crocs…even my 3 year old won't wear anything else. She wears the fur lined ones in the winter. I wear my NB tenny's and my crocs…nothing more…heheh

Blessed Be

dj7110 2008-10-07 14:37:52 -0500 Report

I know how you feel.. my feet are the same way. I have used urea cream on mine for last few yrs and all they do is get worse. I have nueropathy in both feet. See a podiatrist every 6 weeks to get my nails trimed and bottems of my feet ground off. Of corse my readings are always high which doesn't help much. I have been averaging in the 270 to 300 range last couple weeks. with readings over 250 fasting. Had a couple readings in the 100's and 400's this month. Just had my insulin dose last week increased but still waiting for lower readings.

GabbyPA 2008-10-07 06:21:36 -0500 Report

It takes some dilegance, but you can get them healed up. Being diabetic, your feet take longer to heal, so you have to stay on top of it every single day.

I had that too, and it bugged me a lot. I soak my feet once a week in warm water and epsom salts and I use my "cheese grater" (that's what my husband calls it. lol) and scrape off the dead skin on my heels, balls and big toes. I dry them very well and then I use Flexitol Heel balm and I got these great socks called medi peds, they have aloe too, and they keep my balm on my feet.

I also put flexitol on them almost every night before I go to bed. When my heels were cracked, I made sure I used it every night until they started to heal up.

I have also found that when I wash them with Aveeno oatmeal bath soap, they are much happier. I get moisture without the grease.

The biggest trick it doing it every day. It takes a while, but keep it up. The deeper the cracks the longer it will take.

kdroberts 2008-10-07 06:21:16 -0500 Report

How well are you managing your diabetes? What are your numbers like (fasting, pre meal, post meal spike and bedtime)?

Anonymous 2008-10-07 06:19:51 -0500 Report

I started taking Lyrica about 6 months ago and it has helped my pain in feet and legs alot. About the dry skin, I have that too and I have tried it all also. My doctor did say the best time to work on your feet is after a shower or bath. The skin is softer. Have you tried diabetic socks treated with a lotion for the night. I found mine at Wal Mart.

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