Foot Care

KG66
By KG66 Latest Reply 2013-04-05 17:20:25 -0500
Started 2013-04-03 15:48:01 -0500

So I went to a foot specialist today because I have been experiencing foot pain since before I was diagnosed with type 1. She said it was good for me to go, just to be sure my problems aren't linked to diabetes. Mine aren't but I need orthotics and have to go back Once a year for follow ups. I tend to walk more on the sides of my feet instead of using my whole foot, which puts a lot of pressure on my arch! That got me wondering though… Do a lot of diabetics have foot problems? Or do some just go to a specialist because they have diabetes?


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Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2013-04-03 23:05:09 -0500 Report

My Dr. tells me to take care of my feet. Go to the podiatrist at least a every other month. They can clean your feet and take a look at them to make sure you have no infections. The main thing they tell me, is to wear your shoes all the time. I don't, because my left foot cant keep its shoe on. My toes have nerve problems and move by themselves, when wearing shoes. Its hard to when I have to. But, it's just in case you step on glass or a sharp object. You don't want an infection that can't cure. You can loose your foot over time. Keep the calouses off to.

Miss_Teal
Miss_Teal 2013-04-04 07:30:29 -0500 Report

I remember taking a trip down to florida and my dad (both parents diabetics) always had socks on. I happen (rare occassion) to see him bare foot and was so worried. Not only was his toe nails long and gross the top of his one foot was almost purple. I passed a Podiatrist office up the street. I told them I was going to walmart and stopped in and made an appointment within a day for him. Mom gave me a hard time that I made an appointment as she was the care giver and thought I was saying she was slacking. but I got him in… it was his poor circulation and he needed proper socks and shoes… plus they cut his nails which mom didn't have the strength to do anymore and shouldn't of been doing it. My point very important to have a podiatrist as foot problems are so common with diabetes. Inside of wearing socks around the house the doctor convinced him to at least have sandals on.
Nana anna take care of yourself!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-04-03 19:07:25 -0500 Report

I would say that a podiatrist is an important part of a diabetics health team. Mine did much more for me than my primary care doctor in the care of my feet. I kept telling my primary that I had issues and he said it was nothing. My podiatrist told me that it was the start of neuropathy.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-04-03 17:09:21 -0500 Report

I think the answers to your questions posed at the end of your posting are: Yes, and Yes. Lot of People with diabetes (PWDs) do have foot problems, and Yes a lot of PWDs go to specialists because of their diabetes.

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