Dry Between Your Toes

There are certain aspects of diabetes care that I’ve just plain stonewalled. Foot care is No. 1 on that list. What could it matter to a girl who spent her formative years running around barefoot on the sizzling asphalt of LA that some people with diabetes get foot problems? Me, who’s “complications clock” just started running less than 3 yrs. ago?

But lately I discovered something disgusting. Diabetes makes your feet susceptible to everything. My endo found a bit of athlete’s foot or related fungus between my toes, and lectured me for the umpteenth time on “drying between your toes.” Well I do! Or I did… Or OK, maybe not so carefully. But I literally have walked barefoot all over this state and have never, ever, had any problem with my feet until now. Yucchh!

Toes_1It was nothing that 10 days of Lotrimin cream couldn’t cure, mind you, but then I got some blisters from my awesome new New Age loafers that wouldn’t go away. I’ve had to table the shoes, but the blisters still aren’t healed. Crap. This foot thing is for real.

I do not have neuropathy! I can still feel every crumb in my socks. So why are my feet suddenly so darn sensitive? I guess as a commenter here recently noted, the longer you have diabetes, the more the effects set in.

My endo also told me never to wear sandals. WtF? Obviously, he’s never seen these.

As Scott J noted on his blog recently, we’ve just got to make the effort to take good care of our feet, and maybe even ask for an exam if it’s not forthcoming.


4 Responses

  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth February 10, 2006 at 4:06 pm | | Reply

    I actually feel the reverse is true. Nothing is better for our feet than to get out of the “heat” for fresh air. I believe that winter feet are part of the problem. The transition time from full-on sweaty feet in boots, heels, trainers (tennis shoes) et al. to summer outdoor feet is difficult. Our feet become a bit too delicate from all that winter protection.

    I have always been vigilant about my feet, and have always worn sandals/flip flops (very important for health club showers). It is barefeet that are the big no-no — which I love, but have learned to hate.

  2. Jo
    Jo February 11, 2006 at 8:46 am | | Reply

    No sandals my big ol’ butt — Birenstocks were made for walking!!

  3. Keith
    Keith February 11, 2006 at 8:48 am | | Reply

    I hate to see you overly paranoid about complications, especially such that you can’t keep your ‘enjoy life more’ New Years resolution. I must admit your ‘complications clock’ illustration made me shiver just slightly.

    I know you know this, but we live in the best day possible to treat this disease. With CGMSs on the near horizon for those of us who care to control bG levels tightly, long term complication risks should be minimized. You’ve also had the benefit of good technology available since your dx and your very diligent with your control, both in your favor for good health.

    I too don’t heal as quickly as others. It generally takes 2-3 weeks for a cut to heal, but I’ve never had one that I worried woundn’t heal. I don’t know about the suseptibility to athletes foot. I’ve had it a few times, but I can generally trace it back to the communal shower thing. I’ve always been able to cure it with an OTC med.

    I say these things because earlier this week I celebrated my 37th D anniversay and am complication free. I’m just about half way to the Joslin 75 year award and intend to get it unless a cure it found in the mean time. In which case that will be, ahhh let me see if I can find the right word … GREAT!!!

  4. Timothy Mantz
    Timothy Mantz April 2, 2007 at 3:52 pm | | Reply

    I love the color of your toes

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