Right Foot only Ankle Pain!

By Late0nset12 Latest Reply 2013-06-04 12:13:31 -0500
Started 2013-06-02 18:37:59 -0500

I'm a newly diagnosed diabetic since July 2012. When I was first diagnosed, I was admitted into the ICU with a glucose of 998. Nice way discover that was the cause of my inability to taste food. So, they had me on an enormous amount of insulin for over 2 months post hospital stay, and I went from taking 265 units of insulin to 50 units since then. After the hospital stay I had swollen ankles for about 2 weeks, and was advised it was due to fluid shifts. Since my insulin intake is down to 50 units, I figured I wouldn't experience any issues with fluid shifts like I did then. I don' t have swollen feet and ankle anymore, but this intermittent onset of ankle pain only on the Right foot. Is that a normal issue with Diabetes? What can I do naturally to minimize the pain?

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NaoV1 2013-06-04 12:13:31 -0500 Report

OMG this is crazy. I was in a car wreck a year ago and since have complained that my right outer heel was KILLING ME. My mother died at 74 due to complications of Diabetes with all kinds of issues, heart, stroke, neuropothy, spurs, etc. She never ate right and never really did some type of exercise (whether walking a dog, cardio, etc.). I went to 1,2,3,4,5,6 different docs (and after one foot specialist who deemed I also was suffering a cracked foot (grreeeaaat)), after therapy, I felt better, but got doggit still the outer heel pain KILLED ME DAILY. I had MRIs and an EMG (nerve test) and they come back with you got polynueropathy with disc issues in lower left back (you think after I complained my left hip was sore?). I'm like HUUH? See, I was diagnosed with T2D in 2005 and ever since my A1C has been in the 6.3 range - well controlled for years. After the wreck, that sucka shot up to 8.3 (pain makes sugar rise, sugar makes pain rise) but as I let my MIND rule I said so? That's a piece of paper. I kept changing docs and one therapist discovered I had a pinched nerve in my LEFT lower back that radiated to the RIGHT outer heel! After ONE YEAR and ONE hand foot massage with this stuff called BIOFREEZE, I was able to walk and stand in TEN MINUTES ALMOST PAIN FREE. I am still doing therapy for my back as that too has gotten WAY better. The end result is this, always sleep with your legs elevated, sit at home with legs elevated whether diabetic or not as it is good for circulation. For pain, use ice or heat. If you have neuro issues, heat. As for sugar controlled, please understand that everyone's BODY is different. We ALL do not process foods the same. Docs "practice" medicine, meaning they go by books mainly. We as diabetics have to do things for OUR bodies. What I did at my early onset was take a diary and write all the foods I ate and after 20 - 30 mins checked my sugar. I discovered that if I eat popcorn or Mexican rice in restaurants vs. what I make my sugar HATES it. But if I drink a Dr. Pepper, I'm in range (thank God because I love those things. HA!) . . but even my doc does not understand as he told me he wanted me to take 2 metformin a day, I nodded and said OK, but I only take one, at night. When I confessed he said HEY, if is works as I guess it is! DO NOT let a piece of paper bring you down. Write your foods, check your sugar, remove as much breads out, add veggies and fruits and fish in (don't OD on fish now), walk, do sitting exercises even, you will see the difference as I have 1,2,3,4,5 docs now that say I have polynueropathy on paper, and I say and? As I just fished this past Saturday STANDING almost all day with no issues (but didn't catch anything but little crabs)! LOL <3

Marcio type 1
Marcio type 1 2013-06-03 05:20:30 -0500 Report

I am newly diagnosed as well. I'm 24 I work as a bartender 6 nights a week . For me it's my left foot that bothers me . But I du find that take my insulin on time and keeping it in the range has the biggest impact on my foot. Brings it back to normal I also take apple cider vinegar befor meals and at bedtime . When I get home I lay down and put my feet up against the wall for 7 to 10 mins also helps with the pain . Try it out and good luck my friend.

Impish Angel
Impish Angel 2013-06-03 04:40:40 -0500 Report

998?!?!?! Dear God! I am glad they caught it before you died… AS far as the pain is concerned, I get the pain in my left ankle.. I have been told that it could be Diabetic Neuropathy. I have an appt with a pain mgmt doc on Tuesday so Im going to ask him. If I may ask-are you overweight? I am, 250. I have also been told my weight contributes to the pain.. Not really sure.. Good luck!

alwaysknitting 2013-06-02 19:40:27 -0500 Report

I'm not a Dr., I'm just giving your thoughts and experiences. Ask your Dr to do a blood test for gout. I've had gout so bad that BOTH feet are in so much pain I had to crawl to the bathroom.

I went thru this for a week every month for neatly two years until it was diagnosed as CHRONIC GOUT. I take Uloric every day to ketones the my Uric acid levels low. Too much Uric acid caused SHARP CRYSTALS that settle in the joints, causing excruciating pain. You've probably heard the BIG TOE is most often inflamed. My entire foot was inflamed. No fun. Before being diagnosed if cry my self to "almost sleep". Most nights I wanted a chain saw to cut off my feet & get rid of the pain. Once diagnosed (by a special podiatrist), I was put on colchicine. The only use for it is to relieve gout pain. Yup. It worked! It's been 6/8 years on the Uloric now, have to take it the rest of my life, unless I want my chronic gout to rerun full force. I still have a few flare ups once in awhile, and I have had flares in my hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
I praying you don't have GOUT. (It is a form of arthritis), talk to your Dr. Ask to see a specialist if Dr won't run the tests. Keep us posted! Praying for you to find answers & relief. Hugs, Cathy

alwaysknitting 2013-06-02 19:42:29 -0500 Report

I did not type "ketones" ,,,, silly spell check. Supposed to say…, to keep the Uric acid levels low.

Late0nset12 2013-06-02 20:24:56 -0500 Report

Thank you for that feedback. I wouldn't be surprised if it was gout, because both my parents have bouts of gout as well as arthritis! I'm totally the product of my family genes! All the people on my father's side are diabetics, and on my mom's side they keep fluid build up and hypertension. Thank you Cathy!


Late0nset12 2013-06-02 20:24:53 -0500 Report

Thank you for that feedback. I wouldn't be surprised if it was gout, because both my parents have bouts of gout as well as arthritis! I'm totally the product of my family genes! All the people on my father's side are diabetics, and on my mom's side they keep fluid build up and hypertension. Thank you Cathy!


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