Chronic ingrown toenails

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   Posted 4/3/2006 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Long before I was diagnosed with diabetes I had a problem with ingrown toenails. I had to have both of my big toe nails removed because of chronic infections that were stubbornly resistant to meds. After my diagnosis I had my next two nails removed on both feet for the same problem and the podiatrist was adamant that I watch my nails and see him once a year. What I didn't know at the time is that this problem is often found in diabetics. He explained that the feet are the farthest from our hearts and may have circulation problems in the best bodies. High sugars tend to thicken up the blood so the circulation is sluggish and this can lead to malformed nail growth, thick nails and poor healing. My nails actually curved down on each side into my toe... It had nothing to do with the way I cut them, my shoes or anything else. He said the problem was a symptom of my diabetes.

The reason I wanted to share this was because I lived with pain from those darned toes for years and once I had the nails removed (which was painless after the novocain!) I could have danced from the relief! The toes healed very quickly and there was no pain during the healing process. If you are suffering from nail problems don't hesitate to see a podiatrist. They are so helpful and they can help save your feet.
~ Jeannie

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   Posted 4/5/2006 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
That's such a good point and so important to share. In fact, I've been putting off my usual trips to the podiatrist because there are so many other specialists who must be seen on a regular basis. But feet are often a source of serious problems for diabetics, and at least an annual trip to the podiatrist is a good idea. Thanks for the push, Jeannie.
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