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Old 06-30-2016, 12:58   #1
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Alright, I know my diagnosis is recent and I likely don't need to worry about this yet but I tend to be a research and information fiend for those "just in case" situations. I know that, for those with diabetes, the feet can be an early warning system of sorts when things are starting to go badly. However my research on the topic has mostly only returned one consistent result; every site that claims to have information about the topic just wants to try to sell you some phony quick fix they have.

So I'm asking here where people actually know what they're talking about because some here have likely had those warning signs show up or know someone who has. So what are the different warning signs your feet can present and what do they mean? I figure it's never too early to be aware of the foot talk of diabetes and even start checking for any warning signs just in case.

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If you are keeping your BG low and stable, I shouldn't think you'd not need to worry about neuropathy coming on in the future. At least, that's what I'm counting on.

There have been folks who came here with neuropathy already present in their feet (or elsewhere) who found that when their blood sugar got under good control, their symptoms either went away or diminished significantly.

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Yeah, prevention is the best course of action in all reality but I can't help but think about the what ifs and the worst case scenarios. More information is never a bad thing and even if I personally never have any foot problems, who knows, my knowing it could help someone else in the future.

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Yeah, prevention is the best course of action in all reality but I can't help but think about the what ifs and the worst case scenarios. More information is never a bad thing and even if I personally never have any foot problems, who knows, my knowing it could help someone else in the future.
Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbnessóloss of feelingóin the hands, arms, feet, and legs.

Diabetic neuropathy Symptoms - Mayo Clinic

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Being newly diagnosed I think it's great that you are taking it serious and seeking as much information as you can. Complications from diabetes usually take a long time to appear, usually years. Being aware and keeping blood sugar is the best way to prevent them. Interestingly, but sadly, in the 20+ years since my diagnosis I have had 5-6 different doctors due to moving and changes in insurance. None of these doctors did even a slight check for foot neuropathy and it was covered by my insurance. My present doctor is the first that insist on doing a foot inspection at least once a year and that is one of the things I like about her, very thorough. Most complications are noticeable and the link hftmrock gave is a good source. Asking questions and looking for information is great but as you said there are a lot of hucksters out there trying to sell their supplements and miracle cures. I like WebMD and Mayo Clinic and there are many more reliable sources.

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When I went to a podiatrist for a diabetic checkup the medical group sent me to, he checked my feet and said they are in great shape because I had hair on my big toes indicating good blood flow. Who knew

A friend who had uncontrolled diabetes (he used mixed insulin but badly), found out there was something amiss with his feet when at his pool, his son said 'Hey dad, you have a sore on the bottom of your foot!' It was a sore the size of quarter and he didn't even feel it. Not good. Two years later he lost his leg below the knee.

That's all the anecdotal everything I know about diabetic feet

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Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbnessóloss of feelingóin the hands, arms, feet, and legs.
Yeah that worries me a bit. I already have nerve damage due to my history and the injuries caused in my youth. Certainly something I need to look out for because goodness knows the last thing I need is more nerve trouble than I already have.

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Not exactly related to neuropathy.

Some key points you may not think of when taking care of your feet:

- Make sure not to put lotion between toes (it's an area ripe for fungal infection)
- Keep your nails trimmed
- Smooth caluses (if your Dr says you can)
- Don't soak your feet (I've heard it's not good to soak)

Any other tips you guys can think of? What sorts of lotions are you using to keep your feet smooth and crack free?

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For a while I rubbed bacon grease on my feet. But they were so slippery that I was zipping uncontrollably across my wood floors, so I stopped.

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If you are keeping your BG low and stable, I shouldn't think you'd not need to worry about neuropathy coming on in the future. At least, that's what I'm counting on.

There have been folks who came here with neuropathy already present in their feet (or elsewhere) who found that when their blood sugar got under good control, their symptoms either went away or diminished significantly.
I wish I Listened 8 years ago.
I was walking on the beach on a hot day (40C) in Perth, Australia, and burnt my feet just walking on the sand and I didn't even feel that the sand was hot

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