valentine lady
By valentine lady Latest Reply 2015-01-18 12:48:02 -0600
Started 2015-01-09 15:12:48 -0600

Good foot care is essential to people with diabetes. Please take the following quiz and see what you know…Answers at the end.

1) Which of the following are considered good foot care?
A) have good BG control
B) daily foot care and inspections
C) doing some type of exercise several types per week.
D) never walk around barefoot
E) have a Dr check your feet atleast once a year
F) all of the above

2) Diabetes can cause nerve damage and loss of a person's protective sensations, which an lead to severe complications TRUE or. FALSE

3.) A person with diabetes needs shoes that fit properly. So when is the best time to buy
A) first thing in the mornings
B) midday, around lunch
C) towards the end of the day, evening
D) anytime of day

1) F
Complications can be slowed down or stopped with proper foot care and good BG numbers. Not only check your feet daily, also have a Dr check them as well. Apply cream or lotion to your feet at least once a day. But never put lotion or creams between the toes. Moisture can cause complications such as fungus. Never walk around barefoot, protect your feet.

People with diabetes can develop peripheral neuropathy
to either-or both hand and feet. Chronic BG levels can cause these symptoms. Leading to foot ulcers, toe or foot or leg amputations. Wear good fitting shoes and socks and keep them safe from cold and heat.

3) C
People with diabetes should buy your shoes in the evening. This is when your feet are the widest as some swelling occurs. That way your insured a good fit. The ADA recommends leather or canvas tie up shoes.

38 replies

Jim1954 2015-01-14 13:05:04 -0600 Report

I have extreme calluses on my feet along with toe nail fungus. My podiatrist has me wash off the ruff aerial and toe nails with vinegar and then apply vicks vapor rub. My feet have never looked so good.

jayabee52 2015-01-14 05:00:32 -0600 Report

Please note. 3 days ago an aide pulled Valentine Lady's tablet to the floor. She has ordered a replacement. She'll be back as soon as she can and answer your queries.


Anonymous 2015-01-11 22:05:49 -0600 Report

Your outline should really be much more extensive. If it were, how many on this discussion are likely to take more precautions?

Skatinlayton 2015-01-12 10:15:41 -0600 Report

Anony this is good food for thought. Not the holy grail of information. Everyone is quite capable of doing further in depth research if needed.

lorlee 2015-01-10 18:51:22 -0600 Report

Good foot care/inspections: look for cracks in the skin (commonly the heels), signs of fungal infections in the skin between the toes, nails, keep the skin on your feet soft by using pumice stone on callous areas and using a non-scented lotion on the feet except between the toes. Watch for any bony deformities or painless areas, redness. Good basics.

jayabee52 2015-01-10 16:09:35 -0600 Report

Howdy Sweets (and everyone else)
Searching for the link to the quiz I found this article about getting a good shoe for diabetes. Here it is ~



funnygirl98 2015-01-11 11:38:30 -0600 Report

Hi James, I really enjoy ur feedback on these discussions and take what u say really at heart;-) Thank you so much for giving us the link to the article on how to find a good shoe fit… it was very incitive and informative;-) I've gone an xtra 5 yrs with my same pair of diabetic tennis shoes and I'm due for another pair… reason I haven't gotten a new pair b4 now was I was told that Medicare would not pay 80% for shoes for diabetics… this cam from a good friend of mine who is also diabetic so dummy me I took it what she told me at face value;-( I learned a lot from this article and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening my eyes to how important it is to have a proper shoe fit and I did not know that we should be getting new shoes every 6 to 12 months. U r so awesome James and congrats to u and valentine lady getting married;-)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-10 17:13:13 -0600 Report

Hi James, Sweetie,
Thanks for the link, it's helpful for me as it will everyone else
that reads it. Your the best…
Love u

funnygirl98 2015-01-10 14:15:33 -0600 Report

Yay I got 100%;-) I guess I know more about foot care than I thought;-) Thanks for sharing;-)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-10 17:17:35 -0600 Report

Hi funnygirl,
So glad you got 100% goes to show how much you really know
about diabetes and how to care for yourself. Keep up the good work. Hugs, VL

funnygirl98 2015-01-11 10:17:01 -0600 Report

Thanks Valentine Lady, thanks for the words of encouragement;-) It means a great deal to me to know that others care about what I have to say;-) Hugs back, funnygirl98 (Robyn)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-09 17:23:55 -0600 Report

TO ALL DC READERS: my sincere apologies that this. Discussion
got split up. My computer took a dump and shut down my discussion. Further down are the answers. Again my apologies.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-09 16:10:45 -0600 Report

My hubby made me buy all new shoes after I was diagnosed…several members of his family have diabetes and he wanted me to have "the best shoes"…I could be better with the foot care..but I do have an appointment with the foot doctor at the diabetes clinic at the end of the far as NOT walking around without shoes..I never wear shoes in the house..must be the primate in me..but I take those things off as soon as I come in the house..

sweetslover 2015-01-18 12:48:02 -0600 Report

I also like to walk barefoot around the house. I have also found that since I have advanced neuropathy, my balance is a little better when I don't have on shoes. Keeping my feet warm is the only problem. I have started wearing slipper socks which feel like nice soft socks but the little rubber spots on the bottom keep me from sliding.

funnygirl98 2015-01-11 11:48:32 -0600 Report

Hi Jib Jab, I'm the same way I have never liked anything on my feet ever since I've been able to walk lol… I'm 43 and still hate having my feet confined so as soon as I get in my house off they come lol… I have though been seeing my foot dr on a reg basis and I always am doing foot checks on my feet and ankles on a daily basis cause it's bad enough I'm having another toe amputated the 22nd of this month so I'll only have 3 toes left so I make sure I'm constantly doing my daily foot checks. funnygirl98 (Robyn)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-10 22:56:10 -0600 Report

Hi jib jab,
For my sake and at the risk of losing a foot or worse. So for the health of your feet, please wear house slippers.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-10 20:12:02 -0600 Report

Hi jib jab,
For my sake and at the risk of losing a foot or worse. So for the health of your feet, please wear house slippers.

jayabee52 2015-01-09 16:27:19 -0600 Report

Jib Jab, your hubby is a wise man!

My late mother in law, had diabetes also, She walked around her house barefoot as well. She had no feeling in her feet and did the diabetes foot check one night. She somewhere along the course of the day picked up a paperclip in her foot and didn't feel it. Fortunately she didn't get an infection, but something like that could have been very nasty if it had gotten infected.

Please, at least wear rubber soled slippers around the house! Put the slippers near where you kick off your shoes so you have them available when you kick off your shoes.

God's best to you

RosalieM 2015-01-09 16:06:59 -0600 Report

My Grandmother had diabetes before test strips etc. She put something on her feet. some kind of medicated cream and lost her leg to amputation which started
with what ever it was (I forgot)she put on her feet. The only things I do for my feet are keep my blood sugar in control, exercise daily, wear shoes that have enough room and I don't go bare footed. Exercise is really important. Since I am getting older, I notice less circulation in my feet when I sit with my feet on the floor and also my feet get cold. When I exercise, my feet warm up and I can feel
the improved circulation. I lap swim and I can feel the circulation a lot when I swim. Problems with diabetic feet have a lot to do with circulation of the blood and nerve damage which can also be made worse by poor circulation.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-09 22:35:05 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
just a thought, but prehaps your Grandmother put the medicated
cream between her toes which possibly caused a fugus that got out of control leading to her amputation. Thank you for aswering my discussion. VL

RosalieM 2015-01-10 07:54:48 -0600 Report

You could be right . I think she at least put her shoes on and that may have caused it. I was just a kid, but remember it. I don't put anything on my feet because of that memory. I have had diabetes for 20 years for sure and probably 30 years. I have no trouble with my feet. I heal really quickly. I attribute it to being careful about my diet. M A1c is 7.5 and has been all this time. I suspect my good fortune with my feet is really from the exercise I have done all these years. I have a hunch swimming laps accounts for a lot of it. Lap swimming improves oxygen in the blood big time. Oxygen is what heals.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-09 15:45:24 -0600 Report

TO CONTINUE: never put lotion or creams between the toes. Moisture can cause complications such as fungus. Never walk around barefoot, protect your feet.
2) TRUE..people with diabetes can develop peripheral neuropathy
to either-or both hand and feet. Chronic BG levels can cause thesesymptoms. Lesding to foot ulcers, toe or foot or leg ampiutations.
Wear good fitting shoes and socks and keep them safe from cold
and heat.

3) people with diabetes should buy your shoes in the evening. This is when your feet aare the wiest as some swellig occurs. That wat your insured a good fit. The ADA reccomeds leather or
canvas tie up shoes.

GabbyPA 2015-01-09 18:07:25 -0600 Report

Would you like me to add this to your original post so it's all there for future use?

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-09 18:36:55 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,
yes please fix this mess. It is an important topic, especially for new diabetics. Thank you so much…VL

dpaviles50 2015-01-09 15:45:08 -0600 Report

Top of my feet hurt so bad. I told my Primary Doctor. I feel I need to go to a Diabetic Doctor.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-09 22:45:36 -0600 Report

Hi dpaviles,
Thank you for responding to my discussion. I'm so sorry about your feet but would follow James's recommendation to the letter. Your help is a mere phone call away. Hugs to you, VL

jayabee52 2015-01-09 16:18:54 -0600 Report

Howdy DPaville
Perhaps it might do you better to go to a podiatrist. They can Rx diabetes friendly shoes for you. My diabetes shoes have been a real blessing to me with my burning neuropathy going on.

God's best to you!

jayabee52 2015-01-09 15:33:31 -0600 Report

Howdy Sweetheart
Did you know that lotion should NOT go between one's toes? I was taught that in my Certified Nurse aide classes. Lotion between toes invites fungus to grow there.

Is this quiz from some website? could you supply a link for this quiz?


valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-09 16:50:18 -0600 Report

a great deal of this little quiz came from diabetes self -'management. There is no link. Sorry I had to do a 2 part discussion, but my computer crashed
this was all I could do
Love u,

Anonymous 2015-01-09 15:21:45 -0600 Report

All standard protocol disciplines with exercise 1/2 hour min daily recommended. Just FYI commenced Acupuncture treatments 1x/week on feet including a deep reflexology message on feet and noticeable relief.

TheKidSr 2015-01-11 16:43:27 -0600 Report

I would like to do this, but the cost may prevent me. Do you know if insurance would cover? I get a light Foot care treatment every 2 months; and my feet feel terrific for about a week.

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