Foot Care and Diabetes

By Shamia_Swanks Latest Reply 2011-08-22 21:13:43 -0500
Started 2011-05-24 22:42:15 -0500

Why is foot care so important for diabetics? What are some problems I could enctounter without proper foot care? Lastly, what is consider proper foot care? Like what should I do to make sure I am properly taking care of my feet?

17 replies

ash99 2011-08-22 20:29:51 -0500 Report

Thanks for all this information on foot care and thanks Shamia for asking this question!! I was already having numbness and tingling in my feet before they finally told me I was diabetic. My doctor's told me for sooo long that I was "border-line-deabetic when I was really "deabetic" I have a lot of pain with the numbness and pain. I have not seen a podiatrist in a while so I guess i need to go soon!! I will be reading the articles below!

MoeGig 2011-08-22 19:31:36 -0500 Report

Assuming you maintain control of your A1C in the 6's, the thing I have been doing to maintain foot care is to exercise those feet. I jog a mile or two on a treadmill 3-4 times per week. Long ago, my doctor said the exercise would force the growth of new little arteries in your feet…a really important thing if you want to avoid foot problems. I've been Type 1 for 46 years and have included this exercise in my routine.

margokittycat 2011-08-22 10:25:42 -0500 Report

It is very important to take care of your feet you can get so manythings that happen if you don't. Gangrein, loss of blood flow and nerve damage. Do not go to a salon or nail place to get pedicures without checking with your doctor first to see if it is ok. You can get manythings happening with your feet going there. I was told to buy a home footmassager and I did about every two weeks I soak my feet and use the tool the doctor told me to get to help calluses and a oomus stone. It's not to hard to do. If you can't do it on your own the doctor can. you never want a lot of moisture on you feet that is dangerous for them.

jayabee52 2011-08-22 16:38:43 -0500 Report

You don't want to lotion between your toes. We were taught as CNAs not to lotion between toes for Patients with Diabetes because since the moisture in the lotion could promote fungus growth. Also for the same reason we were told to dry thoroughly between the toes after giving a shower or bath .

BTW was the stone used to remove calluses also called a "Pumice" stone? or was that something else?

MewElla 2011-05-25 13:42:52 -0500 Report

Foot problems can become major if we are not aware of what is going on with our feet everyday. Diabetes really goes after the feet and everyday, we should check our feet and carefully use lotion to keep the dry skin away. I walk a lot each day and I am very careful about trying to protect my feet, making sure I am wearing the right kind of shoes for all the walking, changing shoes after I come home in order for my feet to not have moisture build up and watching out for any calluses. I have a foot doctor I see for preventative medicine to help me spot any neuropathy developing etc. It is best to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to taking care of your feet…

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Bunny Cakes 2011-05-25 09:11:23 -0500 Report

If for no other reason (Like losing our feet) I've noticed I've had to up my foot care because of dry skin and calluses since becoming diabetic. And honestly it's mostly the dry skin.f I got more than a day or so without out lotion on my feet at least once a day my skin gets dry and flaky. I've had dry skin problems for a long time but once the diabetes hit it got worse.

I try to use lotion twice a day and then I'll dab some vaseline or vick's vapor rub on any calluses at night and put on socks. and I use my pumice stone to exfoliate once a week.

I don't have the calluses much anymore but before I knew about the diabetes I just assumed I had bad calluses because I never wore shoes and I let them get pretty bad.

I've got the calluses gone mostly now thanks to the Vick's of all things, it softened them really well and had none of those nasty risks on skin burns from chemicals or pain of scraping and it kept my feet nice and toasty on cold nights!

I've not graduated to wearing shoes all that much but I do wear socks more now to help protect my feet a little more. I do still have all my feeling though so I'm not as worried about not noticing infections or other problems at the time. I am working on wearing shoes more or at least slippers but it just feels awkward still. Shoes are for going out places not for at home purposes. lol

flipmom 2011-08-22 21:13:43 -0500 Report

yay for vicks!! i already have them so im gonna try to use it tonite, just beacuse i love the smell!!

jayabee52 2011-05-28 05:01:48 -0500 Report

I wear shoes outside too. I do wear slippers with rubber soles in the apartment almost all the time.

PetiePal 2011-05-25 08:26:30 -0500 Report

So along with Diabetes there are some special complications that can make foot care more difficult. If you have any kind of neuropathy (nerve damage) where blood flow can be impacted, it can also affect healing in your body. A simple ingrown toenail, or a cut etc could become infected and not heal right. In some extreme cases they'd amputate.

Much lower on the scale is tingling or foot pain due to neuropathy as well. That's why it's very important to have your feet "serviced" and see a podiatrist so things like corns, calluses etc are all taken care of by a professional. Sometimes it's overdone and people get scared thinking if they're young and newly diagnosed these things could all happen at a moments notice, but Diabetes is really the silent killer. You don't die from being a Diabetic, it's very much a livable disease. However you CAN die (or have your life shortened) from the complications.

My father just hit 70 and has been a Type 2 for about 30 years. He's got a better A1c on insuling than I do on oral meds, and is healthy as an ox still.

marla50 2011-05-24 23:20:04 -0500 Report

Diabetics heal very slowly. Our circulation starts deteriorating. Some people get neurapathy and it usually hits your feet first. You start loosing feeling in your feet. You should look up some articles on it. I'm a veteren diabetic (45 yrs) I use to think people were silly going to a podiatrst to get there nails trimmed. Then I got my first sore that wouldn't heal. they call it an ulcers. Scared me to death. You do know diabetes loose their limbs don't you? Check your feet twice a day. wash them gently. Dry them gently and put lotion on them but between your toes. Always have your feet protected. Good Luck

jayabee52 2011-05-25 04:07:17 -0500 Report

did you mean to say lotion"NOT" between the toes Marla? That's what I was taught. Since we often have little feeling in out toes, we don't want to have fungus growing between the toes where it can cause skin problems.

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