Foot Problems

By BrittanyP Latest Reply 2012-06-04 21:24:06 -0500
Started 2012-05-13 22:13:52 -0500

Ok, I'm not exactly sure how this site works or who it's run by but I am posting in here hoping to get some insight…
I am a Type 1 Diabetic, I'm 21 and I've had diabetes for 20 years. I'm in nursing school and learning about diabetes complications scares me and I'm not exactly sure if its opened my eyes or if I am just over-thinking.
Anyway, I've noticed that my feet are ALWAYS freezing cold. I can hardly ever walk around without socks on because they are literally like ice to the touch. And also, my skin on my toes is flaky/peely and my toenails have ridges in them and the nail flakes as well. I first thought neuropathy but I don't really have symptoms that resemble that of neuropathy. No pain/numbness/tingling and I can feel everything with my feet - no loss of sensation.
This makes me think it is a vascular problem, but I can't find any literature that matches up to my experience. I'm not overweight, never have been, and my a1c's range from 6.8-7.8, but now that I've gotten a CGM I've noticed that my bloodsugar is up and down alot throughout the day, which I am working on to correct. In general, I have taken pretty good care of myself. The only thing is I am not as active as I should be, which I know only contributes to poor circulation. But I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this, or if anyone can put a name to what is going on with me?
I also have hypothyroidism but I take synthroid and my TSH labs are normal because the dose of the med is working for me. Idk if that has anything to do with it but I know mentioning it can't hurt. I hope someone can give me some direction or at least relate to what I am talking about!

5 replies

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-06-04 21:24:06 -0500 Report

Ive acually read a few articles about the skin conditions that your having,I too have the problem,though with 1 hand. I dont remember the name of the articles though you can probably find at least 1 of them on web md or another called doctors health. Type in diabetes skin comditions. you should be able to find something as I have earlier when inquiring.

cindygal1 2012-05-14 13:32:30 -0500 Report

I would suggest that you see a foot doctor as soon as possible. Then he can tell you whether or not it is something simple of what to do for it.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2012-05-14 09:44:06 -0500 Report

Your best bet is to go see your endocrinologist. Or, even better, your foot doctor if you have one. ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-13 23:26:26 -0500 Report

Having hypothyroidism will make you feel cold. You are sensitive to hot and cold, but cold seems to be the norm. I also am type 1 and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 25 and am now 50. I had to have thyroid and three parathyroids removed in 08, but have to take larger doses of meds. Now, being diabetic can also make you feel cold for different reasons, so you should go to the drs and have it addressed.

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-05-13 22:39:53 -0500 Report

The only suggestion I can make is to see a doc that deals with skin and nails. Or just by chance try an inquiry through Web MD or another site that can give the right answer(s) to the problem,unless another member here has had the same symptoms and lets you know what they had to do. I hope that you get some answers.