Diabetic Neuropathy Question

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   Posted 4/8/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I am from the anxiety/depression forum but I have a question about Diabetic neuropathy for my dad.  My dad has told me many times that his feet are always cold.
Is there anything that he can do to make them feel warm without using a electrical heating pad?  He tried that once and really burned his feet.
Thank you for any help or suggestions,
Currently taking Paxil 40mg, Clonazapm 3mg, Seroquel 150mg, and Remeron RD 45mg daily.
Suffer from depression, generalized anxiety dissorder, and OCD.

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   Posted 4/8/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
There are several things your dad can do and many that he shouldn't do.

He needs to let his doctor know about this cold feet thing and have his pulses checked in his feet. He may need an arteriogram of his lower legs to establish that he does have good circulation. My next door neighbor lost her leg to this problem.

He should use a good cream on his feet if they are dry, like Lubriderm or Alpha Keri, to keep them moist and prevent cracking. He also should have a foot mirror so he can check the bottoms of his feet every day. Soaking his feet should be avoided because this leads to dry skin.

He needs to buy good socks with extra thick cushion-y fill inside. This will give him a little extra insulation to keep them warm once he gets them warmed up. He also may want to have someone else check the warmth of his feet because although they may feel cold to him, they may be perfectly warm. This comes from the scrambled nerve signals that the injured nerves send. My feet do this a lot. I'll think they are burning up and my husband will tell me that they are freezing.

The very best thing he can do to keep his feet warm is to exercise his legs. He can do this by climbing stairs, peddling a bike, walking, or even writing the alphabet with his toes, each foot at least twice a day. He can sit in a chair and raise his knees by 'tippy toe-ing' and this type of exercise will massage his deep veins in his legs, enhancing circulation. Exercise increases blood flow and also helps muscles use their own insulin better. Hope this helps.
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   Posted 4/9/2007 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello.  Thank you for the information.  I have printed this out and have given it to my dad.

Once again,

Thank you,


Currently taking Paxil 40mg, Clonazapm 3mg, Seroquel 150mg, and Remeron RD 45mg daily.
Suffer from depression, generalized anxiety dissorder, and OCD.

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   Posted 4/9/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
You can actually buy special socks for his condition, but I'm not going to make any recommendations, because I've been accused of being a salesman in here before. You can ask a podiatrist to recommend a good diabetic sock. I've bought my mom a few pairs from a website, but I can't allow myself to be attacked again, so please send me a private message if you are really interested in any info I have.
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