Don't let them forget your feet!

By Lymy Latest Reply 2011-03-07 06:02:18 -0600
Started 2010-07-08 13:07:22 -0500

I recently went to my Internist for my Diabetic check-up. While in the office I happened to see a poster on the examination room wall that said, "If you are a Diabetic… make sure you remove your socks & shoes," so that the Doctor can check your feet on each visit to the office.

I went ahead and removed my shoes before the doctor came into see me. The doctor had me move to the exam table where my vital signs were checked. then I went back & sat in the chair. When I went to turn around to sit down I tripped over my shoes, The doctor lifted one of my feet for just a brief moment then put it back down. I said "I saw the poster over there on the wall. I know my feet are important, so I took my shoes off ready for you,"

This is just a reminder that we have to take charge of our care because as this shows, the doctors are too busy to give us the time we need to make sure everything gets taken care of.
After all, I was in their office, and they had displayed this posted, (that had been provided by one of the Insurance companies,) yet, had I not seen the poster my feet would have gotten even less of an examination than they did.

Feel free to add any other things we need to be prepared to bring up when we go to the doctor, because most of them (even the best) forget to ask. And with them being as busy as they are, we don't usually get the time to ask questions.


12 replies

Beverlydolls 2011-03-07 06:02:18 -0600 Report

You would think that they would check your feet since you do have Diabetes that is why you are there to see how your sugar been doing and check other parts you need help.. like our feets… geesh what happen if it is your 1st time seeing a diabetic dr and they dont have the poster or check your feet… you wont got check right and you could had lost a toes or foot cus of something was wrong with your feet…

courtcat79 2011-03-06 21:57:55 -0600 Report

you know, that's pretty sad cause even at my diabetes dr it has that same poster on the wall. Not once has either of my drs checked my feet. I do take my shoes and socks off and they look at me like I've walked off the moon and just suddenly started living in reality! So I took charge and made an appointment with a podiatrist.

MimiFig 2010-08-02 13:24:09 -0500 Report

I'm glad you mentioned this, because I just recently started to see a knew doctor and I was telling my boyfriend, how she doesn't check my feet and to me, I don't think she keeps up with my progress the way she is supposed to…I was so use to seeing my doctor every 3 months, now I barely see her…pretty much only when I have a problem…

PetiePal 2010-08-02 09:33:17 -0500 Report

My first visit to my endrocrinologist my father told me to take off my shoes and socks. The doctor wants them off EVERY time ;)

shoe 2010-07-10 14:36:11 -0500 Report

My husband goes to a Podiatrist every 6 - 8 weeks, he trims the nails and checks out the feet. It cost us $50.00 per visit but well worth it. The only feet that we have. shoe

Lakeland 2010-07-10 07:39:31 -0500 Report

My mom just had her toe amputated 2 weeks ago, she went in for shingle pain & asked if he'd check a sore on her toe. To me it looked like the top of a grape. just a small hole and soft.

He sent her immediately to the hospital & the fight began between the doctors to save the middle toe or not. We chose not to. the other was way too involved with home IV's for weeks.

Such a small looking problem, & weeks of IV's and flushing lines, mom chose to have it removed.

She's doing good, but I would have never thought that small of a problem would lead to amputation


GabbyPA 2010-07-08 17:30:49 -0500 Report

I have found that this is one of the hardest things to get my doctor to pay attention to. I always take my shoes and socks off, but I still have to demand that he looks at them. I have a podiatrist that I do this with more and get a more close examination from him. But it is sad, they don't do it without asking. So get those little piggies to the doctor and don't leave without them being wiggled!

shoe 2010-07-10 14:37:16 -0500 Report

Is it expensive in the uS to go to a podiatrist. Jene goes every 6 - 8 weeks. shoe in Canada

monkeymama 2010-07-08 14:37:18 -0500 Report

I just started with a new Endo in the past few months and he is just wonderful. He did check my feet for my initial visit. I let him check my feet and than I was told if there were any concerns, he would then sent me to a Podiatrist. I always make sure I download my insulin pump & meter info to my diabetes manager, print out any reports, a list of questions & concerns, you meter & extra supplies, and BE ON TIME. Also make sure you bring a current list of your medications you are on. It goes so much faster. I actually use a medical binder to help manage all of my medical information and it goes to every medical appointment. Take notes if you can and if you are on a pump, know all of your settings & rates.

MAYS 2010-07-08 14:02:49 -0500 Report

"I complained because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet."

As a diabetic, our feet are a top priority, check and inspect them daily:

To prevent injury and possible amputation from such, inspect your feet, to avoid the complications associated with neuropathy, monitor, manage and maintain your blood glucose level in an acceptable range as much as possible.
When your feet hurt, your entire body hurts !


Katsarecool 2010-07-08 13:52:00 -0500 Report

Thank you for the tip. I am new at this and realize how important it is. The poster in the exam room is a great idea.


Nancy Ann

shoe 2010-07-10 14:43:43 -0500 Report

Nancy Ann, Its my hubby that is the Diabetic and yes it is extremely important to have your feet checked. Generally, up here anyway, the doctors dont do it. My hubby goes every 6 weeks to a Podiatrist. It costs us $50.00 per visit but thats life.

Posters would be a good idea also to advise men about Erectile Dysfunction.


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