slightly tingly feet--is this problematic?

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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I've finally gotten really serious about being diabetic and have gone on a low-carb (and moderately low-fat and low-cholesterol) diet and have started working out daily. My BS has dropped significantly in the past six weeks or so (my BS was 97 2 hours after dinner tonight, and my fasting is usually around 100, which is as low as mine ever is), but I've recently noticed that my feet sometimes start to feel a little tingly after a while of exercising, kind of like they're starting to fall asleep, but not all the way to pins and needles or to numbness. I still have good feeling in my feet and don't have any foot problems (that I know of). Should I be at all concerned that they start to feel weird when I exercise (usually about 20 minutes or so into using the eliptical glider)?


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   Posted 9/8/2005 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Heather,
I resently started feeling the same as you described in my feet also. MY pcp sent me to a podietrist ( foot doc) . He said could mild nuropithy ( Dang I wish they would make a spell checker for ppl like me that can't even get close to the right spelling LOL ) but not to worry at this time, just make sure I check in with him at least once a year, or sooner if it gets worse.
So I suggest you check in with a foot doc also, just to be on the safe side.
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   Posted 9/9/2005 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to get really tingly and sore feet after working. My doctor told me to spend some money and get good orthopedic shoes. My feet haven't been tingly since! Maybe the shoes you are exercising in don't have the proper support or something? Hope this is helpful. Robyn

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   Posted 9/9/2005 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Heather.  Checking on whether or not your shoes are providing enough support is a good idea.  I have neuropathy in my toes and part of my feet.  It's not pleasant and it has impacted my day to day life in a number of different ways.  I have seen that I have fewer problems if my blood sugar is under control.  If you continue to have the tingling in your feet, it's definitely worth having a doctor check them out.  Believe me... getting some new shoes is so much better than dealing with neuropathy!!  Stacy

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   Posted 9/10/2005 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Heather,

I have neuropathy in my feet and it may be the same with you. The exercise could be stimulating the affected nerves in your feet and they may be receiving more oxygen now than when you were less active. Damaged nerves transmit different signals than healthy ones. One thing you can do for yourself is have a spouse or friend do a feeling test on your feet using a broom straw and note any 'dead' areas or places that lack feeling. Keep track of this and note if the area should enlarge. If there is a change you should talk to your doctor at your next visit. You should also be checking your feet daily for small cuts or blisters. Neuropathy can hide infections and wounds because you don't always feel them. (This can lead to amputation.)

Also, you should take off your shoes and socks at every doctor visit and if your doc doesn't check your feet, ask him/her to. They should do a dorsalis pedis (left) and posterior tibial (right) pulse check. (This is the taking of your pulse in your feet.) If they don't do it, get a new doctor.
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   Posted 9/10/2005 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeannie, Stacy, Robyn, and Al,

My doctor did a feeling test the last time I was in his office (about 6 weeks ago) and everything was fine. (Though I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have my boyfriend do one, just in case anything has changed.) I called my doctor's office yesterday and was told that the tingly feet thing probably is related to the diabetes but that I shouldn't be too concerned about it at this point. Unless it gets worse, I'm good until my next regular office visit in a couple months. (But I can't help but worry a little bit--I'm only 22, so I have a lot of years of activity planned for these feet.)

Ok, I feeli kind stupid having to ask this, but how do I know if my shoes are providing the proper support for my feet? My feet don't hurt or anything while I'm wearing them or after I take them off. They just get a bit tingly a little way into my workout (and they've done that in two different pairs of shoes, though I guess it's possible neither pair provided the right kind of support).

Thank you all for your help!


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   Posted 10/27/2005 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Heather,

Im a type 2 diabetic and my feet started out like yours. However, my numbers weren't as good as yours and by the time I got my numbers under control there was significant numbness that had developed (never to return to normal).

The moral of the story is watch your BS numbers closely and if you notice ANY change in your sensitivity to your feet, don't delay in seeing the doctor. There are new drugs being tested as we speek for patients with mild neuropathy that can help regenerate the nerves, so there is lots of help available. The biggest thing you can do is don't be complacent if things begin to change, even a tiny bit!


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   Posted 10/28/2005 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Heather,
I have been living with type 1 diabetes for 16 years 5 of which
my blood sugars were pretty much out of control. I developed
neuropathy 3 years ago and had a bad doc which told me it
was just part of being diabetic. I found a new doctor last year
and he put me on neurontin which is a miracle because my feet
no longer hurt, and now my blood sugars are better but still have
bad days. PLEASE watch youre sugars! My damage is irreversible
and it is awful trying to live a normal life when you feel so bad!
Also on youre shoes make sure youre laces arent to tight, that
it is cutting off the circulation.
Hope you feel better
Allison Rose
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