Foot Drop/Drop Foot

By Hopes2blueyes Latest Reply 2012-01-22 06:50:32 -0600
Started 2012-01-21 04:04:58 -0600

Just what I needed was 1 more problem, & this 1 really sucks. They say D can cause this…not sure if it's from my D or if I just stressed out the muscles in my leg that brought it on. It's not only effecting my foot, but is also effecting my hip, knee & thigh. My husband had to go buy me a cane to help prevent falls.
Has anyone else ever had this problem?

Tags: diabetes

19 replies

eristar 2012-01-22 06:14:04 -0600 Report

Oh yeah! I am finally out of a wheel chair after over a year of falls and being unable to lift my right leg/foot and not able to drive. I had spinal surgery, but it took months of hard work before I get back to anywhere close to normal, so I totally understand your frustration. However, the pleasure I get now from simply being able to get behind the wheel of my car is priceless. Hang in there - there is help out there.

Lydickk 2012-01-21 12:27:43 -0600 Report

Yes - it can be from diabetes. If you get to the point where your body is not processing glucose at all or in very low quantities then all of your body's tissues (and organs) stop getting the energy they need to survive. You body begins to feed off of your muscle (and organ) tissue. This causes a loss of muscle and can result in no strength and balance. Just as I was diagnosed with an A1C of 14 I could barely step up on a curb with my good leg. And I had to swing my arms for propulsion in order to achieve that feat. I live in a third floor apartment with no elevator and I was literally pulling myself up the stairs using the railing. I was moving anything I carried up with my up the stairs step by step. Needless to say I was totally exhausted and ready to drop when I finally got to my apartment.

Call your doctor and explain what is going on. Push for testing to get it identified before it gets worse. Withing 5 days of beginning Glipizide to help my body begin to absorb the glucose that was stuck in my blood I noticed a marked improvement in energy and was able to begin walking. I started out just barely making it around the block and had to watch exactly where I put each foot because my balance was sooo weak. After doing this for a couple days I was able to increase my distance and speed. And my balance and strength improved quickly.

The only way to find out what it is and to get it fixed or slow down the progression is to push for testing and treatment.

Hopes2blueyes 2012-01-21 16:28:19 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info Lydickk. I don't know what "A1C" is or what it means but I do know that the day before this started I had been spring cleaning..repeatedly squatting & standing.& stepping up on a chair & down off the chair.

Yes stairs can be so much fun. When I couldn't clear the face of some steps the other day, I didn't know if I wanted to laugh or cry…so I did both Now, if I can remember to lead with my bad foot, I can get up the steps and then lead with my good foot to get down them.

It's been going on for a week now, was hoping it would resolve itself…but will be calling for a Dr appointment on Monday.

Lydickk 2012-01-21 17:28:20 -0600 Report

FYI - All laughing and crying did for me was expend energy I really needed to mount the stairs so although it was a stress release it was actually counter productive. A1C is the blood test they do that shows your average glucose level over 60-90 days. I made the assumption that you are diagnosed as diabetic or prediabetic since you are on the diabetic connect website. And I couldn't lead up or down with my bad foot because the muscles were so shot I couldn't get the boost or support I needed to go anywhere. I had to lead with the good up and down. Make sure you push for a quick appointment. Best wishes. Keep us updated. (Also - to edit something just go to where you posted it and click on the blue edit reply under it - the go into what you wrote, make the changes, and then click on edit reply again. I just did it to this post.)

Hopes2blueyes 2012-01-21 18:00:07 -0600 Report

I am diabetic & was diagnosed in 2009. But have a real sucky Dr that treats his patients like cattle. asking him questions is like a NoNo because I get basic simple answers if any at all. Knaowing nothing about D when I was diagnosed…I asked what type I am…I was told it doesn't matter your diabetic. Was hospitalized immediately with a bg of 498. Our local hospital is as bad as my doc is.

To be honest, at 1st I was scared to death of eating and watched what I did eat and drink…then the toddler stage came where I didn't care what I ate.
I no longer have insurance & cannot afford Dr visits, lab work or my meds.
My bg ranges between mid 400's to 600+.
And yes once again I am scared.

I have gotten more help & information from the web the last few months & this site over the last few days than I've ever gotten since being diagnosed.

Lydickk 2012-01-21 18:30:24 -0600 Report

I've got my sister hunting her copy of an oversized handout I was given by my diabetes educator about food groups and carb counting that my sister reduced down to regular size to copy for me in the past. She is off work so can't make a new reduced version for me. If she finds her copy I'll have her either make a copy of it or scan it and convert it to a file (not sure if she has a scanner or not but if she doesn't I do). Then if you give me either you physical address or email address I can send you a hard copy of the file that contains the copy. If she can't find her copy we'll have to wait until she is back to work from medical leave for rotator cuff surgery - approx 1-2 weeks. Total copyright infringement of American Diabetic Association material but I'm sure they would rather you get the information you need rather than start suffering complications . . . which, not to scare you, it where you are headed with glucose levels that high. My glucose was 313 when diagnosed and I got it down in a one year period to normal levels with 1 month of meds and ongoing carb counting and exercise. A lot depends on how your body is converting glucose to energy and how your pancreas is functioning. What meds, if any have you taken or have you been prescribed in the past? That would help everyone here determine if you are type 1 or type 2 so we can try to point you in the right direction. Don't post your email or address here - I'll let you know when I have the copy and you can email me your info.

Hopes2blueyes 2012-01-21 23:39:21 -0600 Report

Metformin & Levemir is what I was put on since my hospital stay in 2009. Have gone without them for a year now.

I greatly appreciate the help you and others are giving me. My email is small if you can't email it for some reason let me know & I'll give you my snail mail info in a private message.

Should have never stuck my head in the sand on this… figured if it was important for me to know then Dr's would have told me in the 1st place.
But am learning just how important it really is.

Thanks again.

Lydickk 2012-01-22 05:23:59 -0600 Report

I did a little research for you on those two meds, both of which I don't have any experience with and am not taking. I've got a background in substance abuse prevention and have been forced to research my own stuff due to my condition so some of the medical lingo kind of makes sense to me in a generic form. I would definitely check out the following information to see if you qualify for any of the prescription assistance programs that are out there. (And, no, before you even ask, our doctors and pharmacies don't tell us about them like they should. I know this from personal history with taking Enbrel for psoriasis. They just let us flounder without meds even through the assistance programs are there that we don't know about.)

In addition to trying to get access to the two drugs, there is a lot that you can do to help yourself. Exercise and carb counting are critical. The buildup of glucose in your bloodstream is what is causing the damage to your system. Walking, or any exercise, helps with your body's ability to move the glucose that is being stored in your body into your cells for energy. Right now your body is stalled. The glucose is sitting in your bloodstream causing damage instead of moving into your cells for energy. I started out being barely able to step up on a curb and taking 1/2 hour or more to VERY SLOWLY and CAREFULLY creep around the block which was only 1/4 mile in distance. I forced myself to simply walk down the 3 flights of stairs from my apartment and repeat the walk around the block multiple times each day until I was suddenly able to walk around the block twice each time. As I did the walks I was terrified I would fall because my balance was so off. That slowly changed also. Carb counting keeps the amount of glucose going into your bloodstream steady and helps to control the high spikes in glucose level that cause damage within your system. (My sister is still looking for the handout and I'll get a copy to you asap.)

I pulled the following statement from "Metformin decreases hepatic glucose production, decreases intestinal absorption of glucose, and improves insulin sensitivity by increasing peripheral glucose uptake and utilization." While most of this is beyond my understanding, it seems to imply that Metformin is working with your liver to reduce the amount of insulin being secreted and your intestines, to reduce the amount of insulin that is being absorbed into your blood stream. There are multiple prescription assistance programs for this drug since it is made generically by multiple companies. Check out the following link to see if you qualify for any of the programs, and if so, which one would give you the best discount. Don't jump on the first one you see - check them all out because you may find one that gives you the drug for free. "

The other drug, Levemir, is a long acting insulin that helps your cells absorb the glucose in your system so your cells get the energy they need. They also have an assistance program and it looks like they cover a full 3 month supply if you meet the program guidelines. Check it out here They also have a program for the flexpen that says it is covered indefinitely as long as you meet the program requirements. Check it out here

Hopes2blueyes 2012-01-22 05:37:29 -0600 Report

Wow you went through a lot of trouble for me & I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I will check into those programs. I was using the flexpen & know when I picked up my rx it comes with 5 pens…I had asked the pharmacy, because of the cost, if I could buy 2 pens then pick up the other 3 later & they told me no & that I had to buy all 5 at once

Lydickk 2012-01-22 06:16:21 -0600 Report

Check out the assistance programs first. Then if they can't assist check with the pharmacy to see if the reason why you have to pick up all 5 pens is because that is the only way they come or if it is because of the way the prescription is written. If it is because of the way they are packaged you can't change anything. If it is because of the way the prescription is written get your doctor to modify it. If you end up still unable to get the meds be upfont with your doctor. Tell him/her that there is no way you can get the med and ask for a prescription for another med that you may be able to afford. While that med may be the one they feel is best for you at this time it definitely is not the best one at the time if you are not able to get it so are not using it. In that case another, possibly less effective drug would clearly be the best choice. Bottom line is you have to be your own advocate.

Hopes2blueyes 2012-01-22 05:23:49 -0600 Report

If the info is enlarged that's fine with me as I do have vision problems & it's so hard to read stuff most times through my magnifying glass

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