Cold Feet

By donna13 Latest Reply 2013-11-14 16:22:22 -0600
Started 2009-12-21 09:25:00 -0600

After reading the posts on "Gloves" it dawned on me that I might have a problem. I was dx about 5 years ago with D2. I am managing to keep my bs under control. This winter I have noticed that my feet are usually cold. I always used to be barefoot in the house, even in winter. But now I have to have at least a pair of socks on - even go to bed with them on. Can this be the start of neuropathy - or just a sign of old age? I'm not due to go to the doctor for my semi-annual check up for a couple of months, so any info will be appreciated.

25 replies

imsuzie2 2009-12-27 01:52:30 -0600 Report

I have been wearing socks for so long…can't remember when. I used to go barefoot too. Only been a type 2 since '03, I think it is. Just this Oct the foot doc said I had the start of foot neuropathy. But, my hands being cold…think that started with menopause…even during a hot flash! LOL

Turtle 2009-12-26 22:29:24 -0600 Report

Everyone here has made great points. AND as I was taught from the day I was diagnosed with t2, NEVER EVER GO BARE FOOT. It has already been explain why so I will not go into that but I was told also.

My left foot is colder than my right but both get cold. Wear clean soxs at night so your feet can stay warmer.


Deb-G 2009-12-27 11:00:36 -0600 Report

awe you are so right about the barefoot thing…but…I grew up in NewEngland by the beach and have been barefoot summers since I can remember…Of course now i'm in the midwest and while no beach we have a pool…and I admitt i still wander the yard and poolside with barefeet…I am better about wearing something when I leave the property though…I use to drive and go everywhere shoe'less and always had flip flops stuffed under the seat "just incase" lol…never did have any issues but then I guess I had age on my side then…Now in my 40's i do notice some tender spots when i'm dumb like that LOL

giojuju 2009-12-23 12:54:48 -0600 Report

sound like im not the only one with that problem but i think its not the aging part because im only 25 and in this time of yr my feet are hard to keep warm no matter what i do. i think its just how your body works because ive had that problem since i can remember yrs ago and only been dx wit diabetes since november 09

Antique-Dave 2009-12-23 08:00:46 -0600 Report

yep its harder to keep my feet warm in the winter, it was much worse last year before dx, and although improved from last year its an issue.

I have insulated socks on most of the time now and sometimes use those inserts in my boots with 2 pairs of socks if I know I'm going to be outside for any length of time.

I also picked up one of those vibrating slippers with a warmer and use them while watching tv.

I think anything that you can do to improve circulation is good, as well as improve the condition of your circulatory system so that blood get pumped better through those little vessels in your feet.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-23 12:18:46 -0600 Report

Yow, also when I set, I keep my feet UP—that seems to help but still need socks, plus SHOES! THat seems to deflect the cold better! I also bought a heavy, flannel pair of MEN'S PJ's for bed as nothing in the women's dept looked warm enough, also bought a man's plaid jacket for INSIDE. Our home is hard to heat, so must watch those bills, so dress accordingly! PR

sweething 2009-12-21 20:23:27 -0600 Report

I have peripheral neuropathy, and cold feet have been a problem for me. They feel cold, but if I touch them they aren't cold at all. I have good circulation, it's a problem with the nerves in the legs and feet. Which make it difficult, also, to wear shoes all day, without discomfort. So if your feet feel cold to you but not when you touch them with warm hands, maybe ask your doctor about it.

dyanne 2009-12-22 01:43:22 -0600 Report

well as I read this in bed I have socks on and that is anew one for me !!!! I never wear socks. I have not been able to get my feet warm either… oh well

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-22 10:04:04 -0600 Report

Looks like you are in good company! I MUST be colder blooded than I realize this year as we had a younger couple visit last night and I was setting in my chair with my coat on, and a big blanket covering the rest of me, the young woman said, "It is warm in here!" and I replied, "Good"! And I was just cozy—-haha—times do change, I guess! Pat R

sunny jo
sunny jo 2009-12-27 10:28:12 -0600 Report

Gee thanks you guys,reading your commits made my footies even colder.excuse me ,i need to go get my lil warm bootes,

mamaoak 2009-12-21 19:56:03 -0600 Report

me too i find that running shoes make my feet sweet and then get cold i use wicking socks you can get them at a sporst store . i also use wool ones in the winter. and aloe socks at night. i think it is as we get older our body changes .

DiabetesDiva 2009-12-21 19:48:19 -0600 Report

I have cold feet more often than i used to. I was diagnosed over 2 years ago and just turned 59. We just moved from No. Calif to Oregon and right now I am wearing socks AND flurry slippers and my feet are still cold.

alanbossman 2009-12-21 19:46:47 -0600 Report

I agree with everyone here about your feet, my doc told me when i was first dx to never go barefoot. As Harlen said go ask your doc.

Deb-G 2009-12-21 18:43:25 -0600 Report

I believe diabetes and aging both contribute to the circulation - cold feeties issues…I am also severely anemic atleast once a year and notice I am most sensitive at these times…I think it can be a host of things that relate…but…if your getting regular exams yearly and blood is good in all ways its probably normal coldness :)

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-21 13:27:15 -0600 Report

My legs and feet get much colder now than they did, so dress accordingly—-bot some flannel lined jeans for everyday wear, plus heavy socks—even to bed—-just helps. Since I am about the oldest one on this site, I think it is naturally older age, and if you smoke, stop, that will play havoc with your circulation too. I have been a Diabetic only 3 years, and most of my problems occurred before then, so don't stress much if diabetis is causing anything, just try to be careful to NOT aggravate anything—-from old age or D. Hugs, PR

Hinboyz3 2009-12-21 13:16:51 -0600 Report

Thats me for some strange reason seems like I cant keep my feet warm anymore. But I never do the barefoot thing, cause you just never know what you might step on.

Harlen 2009-12-21 10:46:59 -0600 Report

As I have gotten older I seem to get colder I have asked my Doc and Endo they sey the same getting older but for some
there not getting good blood flow
I never go baer foot any more
As Pam sed its not safe
If I was you I would go see my Doc and see what it is
Best wishes

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-12-21 09:40:27 -0600 Report

I'd be interested in anyone's take on this, too. Like you, I've always gone barefoot even in the winter. Can't do it now - socks are my new best friends. And, like you, don't know if this is neuropathy or just the ravages of old age!

MABlueEyes 2009-12-21 10:17:48 -0600 Report

The first thing I must say DO NOT EVER GO BAREFOOT at any time..REASON u could step on a small piece of glass or any other sharp object and if u have nerve damage in any stage. You would never know untill to late..
It can get BAD!!
A friend of mine came over one night and ask me too look at his foot because it hurt.. With having no income or insurance so he thought that I could tell if there was a problem!! OOHYYEEAA big proplem!! He had stepped on a tooth pick!! Just in front of the heal..
CUT TO THE SHORT!! 2 month later KUMED took his foot 4 inch below the knee..
Even in Diabetic Clinic they stess about not going barefoot..Must wear slippers!! I know UUGLY..

ptsparkle 2009-12-21 14:30:36 -0600 Report

Excellent advice. I am still healing from an undetected ulcer on my heel since July 8th. Maybe another 1-2 months til all healed over. Never barefoot!! I even wear an old pair of crocs, or water socks in the pool. I believe the older we get and signs of neuropathy are some of the culprits. I have pretty good circulation, but can't feel myh feet, and half my legs. So for sometime I always wear socks, and slippers are a good idea also, because a pin or small piece of glass, or out here cactus, can still go through socks. Crud, on second thought, maybe I should be wearing my old combat boots!! LOL.

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