My feet are in trouble!! Help!!

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 8/19/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what is wrong with me! I decided it's way past time for me to start up my exercise regimen again... so this morning I put on my walking shoes and went up to the mall to walk... well, the I guess my good old shoes don't fit anymore since the diabetes... I was in horrid pain and only made it half way around the mall. I wasn't tired or anything but my feet hurt so bad I thought I was going to pass out! I made it half way around my normal route, and went to the car praying the pain would please stop. When I got home I rubbed my feet with foot cream, but I've got some nasty blisters on my heels and my pinky toes are bright red! My shoes never did this to my feet before diabetes! On top of that, my skin on my feet are covered with red polka dots... I can't find any information on that! I am so upset and depressed I have no idea what's going on with my feet! I had to wear my flip-flops the rest of the day, and I was doing ok, but tonight I can barely get up from the sofa. I don't know if it's from walking for the first time in ages, or if there's really something wrong with my legs/feet!
 
Bear
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LanieG
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   Posted 8/19/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Bear!  Maybe it's just the shoes!  When was the last time you wore them?  What kind of shoes have you been wearing during the day recently?  Maybe your feet are swollen and made the shoes tight?

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 8/20/2007 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lanie,

I've been wearing sandals all summer. I haven't worn those shoes all summer, but I've never had any pain in them before. Still they are hitting the trash bin! I'm going to look for some new walking shoes. Anyone know a good type to look for (those were Nike Air walking shoes... so not that kind for sure). I read that New Balance is good for diabetics??? If anyone knows, let me know.

Bear


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LanieG
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   Posted 8/20/2007 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bear, it could be that your feet got used to the freedom of sandals and didn't like to be enclosed.  That happened when I was in school when I was younger.  We couldn't wear sandals to school in those old days, and getting back into closed shoes was hard.  I just bought a pair of Easy Spirit walking shoes.  Well, they're not called walking shoes.  They look like typical tennis shoes.  They're very comfortable.

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tutorgirl
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   Posted 8/20/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Bear, I have in the past six months started having trouble with my feet. I've been diabetic for almost 11 years although I'm still not on insulin. I, too, have the read polka dot and can get foot pain, and extremely dry skin, They were peeling so badly that I had my husband cut skin from the soles of my feet. I wear birkenstocks all the time. I was wearing them without socks, but figured that was part of the drying out issue. So have been wearing socks and moisturizing like crazy. I recently started uing a product called Aquaphor buy Eucerin. It's working well. And I have started walking. I knew I couldn't do it in birkenstocks's so went to a shoe store that specializes in the proper shoe fit. I need a large toe box because of a nail fungal issue and she put me in a New Balance. Absolutely wonderful :-) ! I would definitely go to a place that knows how to fit shoes, and preferably one that deals with diabetics. It will cost you a little more but it will be totally worth it. Oh, and I have the redness in my toes, also, after I have been on my feet for awhile. Good luck. And if this doesn't work, go see a podiatrist. You really want to keep your feet healthy!!! yeah

LanieG
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   Posted 8/20/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Foot care is really important for diabetics, so doctors are supposed to examine your feet when you're in their office.  Mine has  never looked at my feet.  Maybe because I'm "controlled" - I have no idea.  If you have a nail fungus, though, vapo rub is great for that.  I use it on my feet before I put on the sports socks and it's cleared up the dryness.  I'd read somewhere that dry, cracked heels can be the result of a fungus infection and people have used the anti-fungal cremes, though the vapo-rub is more effective, at least for me.  Be careful of cutting off dry skin - yikes.  I wouldn't trust my husband with a knife!  The worst, it could lead to infection.

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tutorgirl
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   Posted 8/20/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Lanie, no worries on the skin removing. We used tiny manicure scissors (knife!! no way!) and this was dried skin that was coming off in sheets. And I told him not to go down to the foot pad..so he left a tiny bit so he didn't close to the foot. We really were very careful.

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   Posted 8/20/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
My visions were of chain saws.  tongue

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gelchick
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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   

I like Ryka for walking the treadmill. The toe box is roomy and the heel doesn't fall off. I'm also wearing Ecco Extreme Janes for general walking- mall, errands etc. They have a cute mary jane appearance, are cut large in the toe, and adjust to your foot and heel with velcro straps.  Both can be worn with or without socks. I did Ikea top to bottom and 1/2 of the Mall of America in them (same day) and didn't even have tired feet.

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/22/2007 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been using New Balance for about my last 10 pair. You should replace your shoes about every six months or so. We are supposed to have an annual visit to the podiatrist and more often if there are problems. You should be checking your feet every night. If you can't look at the bottoms you should have a mirror. I can't stress this too much. something as simple as an ingrown toenail can lead to amputation of your leg. Happened to my neighbor. She got gangrene.
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Phishbowl
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   Posted 8/22/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi bear... I have really sensitive skin (hey - body's largest organ!), and I find I always have to "transition" my footwear with the seasons. To wear sandals/open shoes (i.e. without socks), I have to walk around in bare feet in the house all the time for a few days and then wear the sandals for very short periods of time for a few days. I still get the sensitive areas on my feet but they don't get so bad as to blister or be painful if I go slowly.

Now that we're going into covered shoes again, I sorta do the reverse: wear socks in the house for progressively longer periods of time for a few days before I can wear the shoes. The first day of wearing socks, I take them on and off all day cause I'll get a prickly, little-red-dot rash if I don't. Might be a heat rash? Again, if I slowly integrate into different shoes, I don't seem to get the issues I know I do if I don't.

Also, I found creams to irritate the rash and prefer to just soak my feet in cool water if they get that redness or rashy problem. Hope this helps some :-)

Kris
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tangerine bear
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   Posted 8/22/2007 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for all the replies! I'm going to look for new walking shoes after my next paycheck. My heels are always my biggest problem! My right heel seems to always have an ugly callous looking thing on it. For some reason, it's always only on the right foot! Yuk! I use the heel scraper thing (it's like a big emory board), but it always looks cracked even after filing it. It seems like my feet are a lot more sensitive now since the diabetes. I have to wear nice shoes to work because of the dress code, but I can't manage pumps! I have to wear something open toed and open back. I guess this is all part of this disease??????

Bear

P.S. I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only one who gets the red polka dots. Mine don't itch and they don't go away. I have no clue what it is other than diabetes......

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Post Edited (tangerine bear) : 8/22/2007 6:04:07 PM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 8/22/2007 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bear, in one of my earlier replies, I mentioned the vapo rub for the heels.  I also had a problem with them cracking and tried every creme and pumince and emory board and scraper, everything short of a cheese grater.  The only thing, and I mean this, that has worked is putting the vapo rub (store brand) all over the heels and putting on a pair of sports socks while I was in the house.  I can't sleep with socks on, so that was not an option.  I used the pumice in the shower as usual and then put the vapo rub and the socks on.  You'll see a difference overnight.  It won't hurt and I'll bet you it works!  (Sounds like snake oil, I know.) 
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Post Edited (lanieg) : 8/22/2007 6:49:35 PM (GMT-6)

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