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This group can be used to discuss all things feet! Hazards and issues related to feet for those with diabetes. Remedies and preventative techniques as well!

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Numb Feeling

Started by Doris D. Last reply by Spring Apr 17, 2011. 1 Reply

Folks I got a question (not unusual for me but.....................) After me infamous potty chair fall (if you haven't read about it go to my blog and read "I'll try again" to silly to put into more…Continue

I Hate my Toe Nails!

Started by Brian (bsc). Last reply by Brian (bsc) Feb 6, 2011. 12 Replies

Look, I realize, I am a guy.  I also know that only having diabetes for perhaps only 10 years or so, and generally being well controlled, I'm not at great risk.  But for the life of me, I can't…Continue

Tags: callous, hate, panic, toe, big

Artemis Woman Heel Smoother Pro

Started by The Diabetic Welfare Queen. Last reply by The Diabetic Welfare Queen Feb 6, 2011. 2 Replies

So... I saw this thing a long time ago, on the Today Show... And I had mentioned to my hubby that I wanted it.  Shocked as I am that my husband remembered something I said I wanted... He got it for…Continue

Tags: dry feet, best thing ever, heels, callouses, dremel tool

This discussion is for people who have sores that look like athlete's foot.

Started by pinkyspurse Feb 4, 2011. 0 Replies

I have sores that look like athlete's foot that aren't going away easily. They itch, peel, are pink, occasionally bleed, and sometimes they're just sore. I'm keeping my feet dry and clean, but…Continue

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Comment by Kiki on July 25, 2013 at 9:49am

Thank you Rusty!Me and my mom were just talking about the subject today.

Comment by Rusty Plocheck on June 16, 2013 at 11:28pm

Let me put it to you really simple, since I am now an amputee. TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET!

I broke my big toe back in October 2012. January 2013 I started what would eventually be a 34 day stay in the local bed and breakfast here in Abilene. February 24 my leg was amputated below the knee. All because of a broken toe that would not heal.

It is now June and the incision still has not healed. I am on a wound vac to try to get it to heal up. This journey has not been fun.

Take care of yourself!

Comment by Kiki on June 3, 2013 at 7:01pm

I wanted to know all that could happen to me if some how my feet got damaged.I'm just asking!-kiley

Comment by Marie B on December 15, 2012 at 7:46am

Rene, here's a discussion on it, also look at the link I posted in this discussion
http://www.tudiabetes.org/forum/topics/charcot-marie-tooth-disease

Comment by Rene on December 15, 2012 at 7:41am

I guess general discussion of Charcot would help me since I was just diagnosed with it. I have been wearing orthopedic boot but am not told I will need to wear an "Arizona Boot"to hold the bones together in my foot. I have always been picky about "pretty" shoes but I guess I will get over that.

Comment by catlover on October 13, 2011 at 1:47pm
I had my regular foot doc appt today. My doc suggested trying the Laser on one of my toes, since I have a bad foot nail fungus on all 10 of them. So I tried the Laser on my Rt. big toe. Didn't feel a thing. He said the Laser kills the fungus spores and the nail should start to grow out clean in about 6 weeks. I'll let you all know how it goes. I was really tired of the ugly nails. I may do another one next appt.
Comment by Cosumne Jan on May 14, 2011 at 6:03pm
Thank you, Trudy. I'm wearing a pair of Drew's right now. They protect my feet very well, but I can't walk very far in them, they're a bit bulky. I had some Arcopedico soft net shoes before the Charcot and I loved them, they're light and washable. But they don't work with inserts. I'll check out the Sauconys.
Comment by Trudy on May 14, 2011 at 8:04am
Hi Jan. What awful luck with your feet, but for goodness' sake, don't blame yourself. I have a bit of a problem with my right foot, a hammertoe and the other toes take some care. The shoes I've found worked for me are Saucony's running shoes. I buy the Saucony's for pronation control and in men's sizes, which have a larger toebox than women's. I buy them from www.roadrunnersports.com. For my leather shoes, I buy Drew's. The Drew brand can often be found in local specialty shoe stores, and can be found online, one source being www.footsmart.com. Don't know if they would work for you, but I kind of like looking at shoes and clothes that I don't buy! Good luck.
Comment by Cosumne Jan on May 13, 2011 at 9:08pm
Hello, I'm new here. I was diagnosed T2 4 years ago, with a 9.1 A1C. Three months later I was down to 5.2. I've been between 4.9 and 5.3 for over 3 years, but I keep having problems with my feet and legs. First I had an infected big toe that was amputated. Then I had Diabetic Amytrophic Neuropathy and couldn't walk for a couple of months. It took almost 2 years to work through that. Now it's Charcot. Other than having nasty feet, I'm the healthiest person I know. I keep my numbers low with a low carb diet only. The prescription shoes I was given are almost impossible for me to wear, they are big and heavy. My legs are not strong and my balance is still poor. Inside those shoes my feet get no sensory contact and start to contract. I grow calluses very quickly. The remaining toes on the foot with no big toe are starting to become hammertoes, I think my poor balance makes me use them to grip. Without looking at my numbers, the docs tell me that I can expect these foot problems from having uncontrolled diabetes for so long. I was never that high, not for very long. It was easy to get under control and stay that way. (Sometimes I have to wonder if I'm really diabetic.) Does anyone else have feet like this? The doc wants to cut tendons in my toes now, it's just one thing after another.
Comment by Kelly WPA on April 17, 2011 at 4:36pm
Hi 24HrRevengeTherapy. Sorry about your problems. I also went thru a bad foot wound that included MRSA and came close to losing my leg. I am surprised that you are not allowed to see a podiatrist for the problems you currently have. I would suggest trying to see if there are any wound centers in your area. I originally went to one at one of the hospitals near where I lived and when things were getting worse, I decided to jump ship and look for a better doctor. The wound center I switched to was part of Diversified Clinical Services. Unfortunately you have to actually call them to see if there is a wound center near you – I would suggest doing that. You really need a doctor that specializes in wounds. Here is the link to their website.

http://www.diversifiedcs.com/

I had a 3 hour drive to get to one. I can tell you if I had not gone, I would not have my leg today so it was worth the trip! If they have one in your area, they will know which doctors take Medicaid or not. The participating doctors have private practices but then spend a certain amount of time at the wound center.

The doctor I currently see used to be a doctor at the wound center. He is a GP but only sees wound patients. He is very good.

One of the more successful treatments in wound care has been with honey dressings. Hopefully you can find someone that uses those.

I know it is hard, but stay off your feet! Walking on the wound will only stop it from healing. They make something called a Knee About that you put your knee on and scoot around – that won’t help if you are having problems with both feet. If it is both feet, ask about getting a wheelchair. I had to get one when I went thru my big wound and when I had a smaller one after that, I used the wheelchair just because I could get around more and not put weight on my foot.

As far as the specialist for neuropathy, you will be seeing a neurologist. There are two primary tests that they will most likely do – an EMG and a Nerve Conduction Study. When I had mine, I did not thing they hurt but there was a guy there the same time I was an when he walked back into the waiting room, he told his wife that it did not hurt as much as one he had done at another hospital

If you want to see pics of what my foot looked like & read some of what I went thru you can check it out here. It is possible to get thru something really bad like what you are going thru – just don’t give up!

http://kellywpa.wordpress.com/diabetic-foot-wound-picture/
 

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