Keep Those Toes Tappin'

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-11-03 07:54:01 -0600
Started 2014-10-31 02:12:32 -0500

Taking care of our feet is one of the easiest things we can do to keep healthy. Our feet can lead to so many problems, but if we are keeping an eye on our feet daily and taking care of them, they will take care of us.
Here is a slide show on tips to keep our feet "happy feet" (minus the penguin)

12 replies

DiabetesSuperGrl 2014-11-02 17:08:34 -0600 Report

Great info! Unfortunately, it was my feet that first got me diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago this month. I developed foot ulcers that turned septic, which landed me in the hospital for 6 weeks, having 7 trips to the operating room. I fought infection off and on all of last year then last december, I lost that fight and had to have a transmetatarsal amputation of all 5 of the toes on my left foot, taking about half of my foot. I have other serious issues with retinopathy, neuropathy,kidneys, etc but my foot has been everyone's main focus for awhile now. I check my feet twice a day, feel all around them and look them over with a hand mirror, because I can't always feel everything with the neuropathy I have. Taking care of your feet, as a diabetic, is sooooo important, I can't stress it enough. My whole life has had to change because of this, I spend a lot of my time at the hospital, seeing my doctors. I am happy to report that I am coming up on 1 year infection free but it won't last forever. The infection could come back and now that I've had amputation my chances of future amputation are even greater now. Please, learn from me and take care of your feet (and watch those blood sugars too!)

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 07:13:46 -0600 Report

Me too. My tingly toes were my sign. I am sorry to hear that you lost so much. And your warning should be well headed. My husband doesn't have diabetes, but he can go septic in 24 hours and that scares me to death. If we can prevent that from happening by watching our feet and keeping on top of things, it's a small price and effort with huge savings.

DiabetesSuperGrl 2014-11-03 07:54:01 -0600 Report

I had turned septic pretty quickly probably in part due to the fact that I didn't even know I was diabetic at the time. It was osteomeylitis in the bones of my toes that sidetracked me all of last year…and a pressure blister was what finally caused the amputation. If you know you are diabetic, its just so important to take care of your feet, every little cut or blister could become catastrophic if it isn't properly taken care of!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-02 09:38:17 -0600 Report

Gabby, thanks for sharing this. I never thought about my feet until I developed a major bunion on my left foot and had to start budgeting for regular trips to the podiatrist. He started by giving me a lecture on how my current situation could have been prevented. Well, better late than never. At least I will be doing the right things for my feet going forward. Hope you are having a good weekend! Gary

GabbyPA 2014-11-02 09:56:13 -0600 Report

My visits usually surround my ingrown toenails. I have had two, and I I have another one that is on watch. But for all the pain of removing them, there is no comparison to the relief it brings. I like my podiatrist. He has helped me a lot.

stonehedge 2014-10-31 13:14:39 -0500 Report

My feet I took care of before I was a diabetic…I worked in high work at times and hunted a lot…your feet is very imporortant part of your body.i take even better care since I'm diabetic..

debcox 2014-10-31 09:54:55 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information, Gabby. So far, no issues with my feet.

GabbyPA 2014-10-31 12:01:21 -0500 Report

That is great. I have issues, so I have to take extra care.

debcox 2014-10-31 12:14:07 -0500 Report

As soon as I found out about having diabetes, I looked into what I had to do about my feet. I am really careful and take care of my feet so I can continue riding, sewing and playing with the boys. Thankfully, I found out quickly about what could happen. I also found out that my grandma passed away from having issues with her feet due to diabetes. Interesting that my mom never told me till now and my grandma passed away in 1986.

Gambling 2014-10-31 03:41:16 -0500 Report

Very Informative. I have a foot massage machine that massages the bottoms of my feet.I think it help tremendusly

GabbyPA 2014-10-31 08:28:34 -0500 Report

My hubby is my foot massage machine. LOL, I agree, giving them that kind of attention really does help physically and emotionally.

Gambling 2014-10-31 17:31:29 -0500 Report

that probably the best "machine" around.I do mine a several days a week depending on my schedule.