Check your feet

By ptsparkle Latest Reply 2009-10-16 21:04:44 -0500
Started 2009-10-13 13:00:56 -0500

Hello all, I'm brand new here, and thought I'd share something that will be helpful. Been type 2 for 20+ years, and for many of those I was in denial and just ignored the disease. Things slowly got worse, went from pills and exercise, and then insulin. Have had neuropathy in feet and part way up leds for several years, and have learned to cope with it. Last August I had to go out on disability from my employment. I worked in building maintenance, and a lot of ladder climbing was required. With no feeling in my feet, and becoming an old geezer, I just couldn"t do it any more.
This June and July (09) I was replacing our wood deck with a composite one. My daughter noticed a small blister on my heel and said I should wear socks. I had been wearing crocs, and after 15 - 20 minutes would jump in pool to cool off. I always wore the crocs because of my feet. So I started wearing socks, and doing the same routine. Finally finished the deck for my Sisters arrival from Florida. I live in Az. On July 8th, my daughter smelled something, and pulled off my croc. She about fell over from the stench. There was about a quater size wound/ulcer. Tried my Dr. and a couple of Podiatrists, but couldn"t get in. Went to the ER at 2:30 that afternoon.Results?? Gangrene, and possible amputation. All depended on if it got in the bone or not. Of all days, there happened to be a vascular surgeon in the er. He also saw me, with the same diagnosis.X-rays taken, and it appeared the bone was safe. 9:30 that evening I was in surgery to debride the wound, down to the bone. It went well, no pain afterward…Til I saw the size of the chunk of my heel was missing! I was put on a wound vac and discharged 5 days later with a portable wound vac.
Recovery was going well, but I knew it would take a long time to heal.After a few weeks, the vac was removed, and went to a daily dressing. After a couple of weeks it became infected again, and the Dr.(vascular) tried to scrape and dig it out in the office. Was too deep, so the next morning at 7:30, back in the O.R. It was outpatient, and bled like a stuck pig. Had to wait a few days before the bleeding stopped before going back on the vac. Home care nurses have been coming three times a week, to change the vac etc.
Sorry this is going on so long. The point I can't stress enough is to check your feet daily for any sores, or any size cuts and bruises. I have been confined to my recliner since July, having to elevate and hang my heel. No weight bearing on it. I use a walker to get to the restroom and Dr. visits, putting the weight on my toes. I am going stark raving stir crazy, but coping the best I can.
So please check your feet. Have others check the bottoms and backs where you cant see. Save yourselves some major problems. Also, where my wound is, they don't amputate the foot. Only at the base of the toes, or part way up your shin bone! Major wake up call for me.
Thanks for listening, again sorry for the length..

10 replies

Turtle 2009-10-16 20:53:16 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for this information. I am so sorry you are going thru this and I will keep you in my prayers for healing if ok.
Take care,

Nana Jones
Nana Jones 2009-10-16 21:04:44 -0500 Report

Like you I am type 2 plus neuropathy but for only 6 yrs. My feet burn and tingle so bad I can hardly stand it. At times I even wish my feet were no longer part of my body. The tingling and shooting are going up my leg. I want to thank you for your time in explaining how important it is to check your feet. I do this at night after my shower. My doctor told me to put lotion on my feet but not between my toes and to wear a pair of socks after applying. Take care of yourself and you will be in my prayers.

Hinboyz3 2009-10-15 20:30:38 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for that wake up call. I make sure to check my feet on a daily basis, in the mornings and after showers or baths and in the evenings too! Very good advice.

kdroberts 2009-10-15 10:04:32 -0500 Report

Checking your feet is a very important thing to do but only part of the equation. Controlling blood sugar is also essential as it will help speed up healing and help prevent issues from starting in the first place.

GabbyPA 2009-10-15 09:09:29 -0500 Report

I have my hubby give me foot rubs and check out my feet. I check them daily, but he gets a good look at them and it is good to have other eyes looking. So far, so good, but it doesn't take much to make that change. I wear crocks too, and once while on a job site, I stepped on a roofing nail....that was a bit scary, no broken skin, but it was a wake up for me to be more careful. Crocks are comfortable, but not the best for certain situations.

hbkunkel 2009-10-13 20:28:47 -0500 Report

Wow, what an awful experience and a great wake up call to many of us. I hope you a healthy recovery and continue to take care of yourself. You have come to a great place to vent, question, and even pass some time of day. God be with you.

sweething 2009-10-13 16:43:59 -0500 Report

My feet lack feeling, like yours, so I have to be very observant of their condition. I see a podiatrist every 3 months and he is the only person who cuts my nails. My husband doesn't check his like he should, so I make it a point to check his feet for him. A family friend lost several toes from diabetes, so I'm concerned about feet!!

Harlen 2009-10-13 16:28:38 -0500 Report

Yep my feet are my feet and I need them I am X-mill so I know feet lol
every day check them and give them a rubdown to help them with blood flow
I am sorry you had to go thrue all this to get that info I wish you the best of luck

Julie D
Julie D 2009-10-13 16:24:53 -0500 Report

Yes, it's so easy to be in denial over this. I'm always coming up with excuses for not staying on my program 100%…like, "it's no big deal if my bs is up for a few days", or "my feet are fine, they aren't affected at all", etc. etc. Thank you so much for the wake-up call. Take care of yourself and I pray everything works out fine for you.