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Old 07-20-2018, 00:28   #11
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When you do file calluses, use light pressure. You only want to keep rough areas smooth, not take off lots of dead skin with each pass. Remember to put some Diabetic foot cream every day, especially after filing; that prevents those cracks. The best time to file & apply cream is after a shower when skin is softest. That's also the best time to trim toe nails; they're less likely to crack then. Check toenails once/week. Only use a toe nail clipper & cut straight across, not curved like fingernails. You want the sides of toes covered by the nail. Toe nails should not be shorter than the tip of toes; otherwise bacteria can get in & cause trouble.

On my feet, I use a soap that contains Tea Tree Oil; it's a natural antibiotic.

We gotta be extra careful with our feet. When I'm using the string trimmer on weeds, NO sandals...only shoes. I tried it with sandals once. My feet had little specks of blood where high-speed debris was hitting them. It's those little things that can cause us the most trouble. Same with walking in the yard with sandals - I'll check my feet as soon as I get inside & wash them & also check the sandals for stickers, pebbles, thorns, etc. I found "Fisherman's" sandals that can get wet & I'll hose them off.

I've been told I need to soak my feet in warm sea salt water, then soak in tonic water, then soak in a warm foot tub of alcohol water.

Supposedly the salt will help dry up any fungus or bacteria that might be there. The tonic water is supposed to help with numbness and pain. the alcohol is to top it all off by sanitizing your feet.

I usually just soak my toes in alcohol once I'm out of the shower, if I start noticing anything out of the ordinary or after I cut my toe nails.
Aside from the other two episodes I've had, everything has been going ok with just the alcohol cleaning.

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I've been told I need to soak my feet in warm sea salt water, then soak in tonic water, then soak in a warm foot tub of alcohol water.

Supposedly the salt will help dry up any fungus or bacteria that might be there. The tonic water is supposed to help with numbness and pain. the alcohol is to top it all off by sanitizing your feet.

I usually just soak my toes in alcohol once I'm out of the shower, if I start noticing anything out of the ordinary or after I cut my toe nails.
Aside from the other two episodes I've had, everything has been going ok with just the alcohol cleaning.
That's interesting because I've read that diabetics should never soak their feet. Shows us what they really know, eh?

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I've been told I need to soak my feet in warm sea salt water, then soak in tonic water, then soak in a warm foot tub of alcohol water.

Supposedly the salt will help dry up any fungus or bacteria that might be there. The tonic water is supposed to help with numbness and pain. the alcohol is to top it all off by sanitizing your feet.

I usually just soak my toes in alcohol once I'm out of the shower, if I start noticing anything out of the ordinary or after I cut my toe nails.
Aside from the other two episodes I've had, everything has been going ok with just the alcohol cleaning.
I don't get calluses on my feet anymore - it stopped when I moved to the Island and ended up doing a lot of beach walking on the sand and the salt water.

Do you live near any salt water beaches? You would be surprised how well that works and you get a fair amount of exercise too.

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I don't get calluses on my feet anymore - it stopped when I moved to the Island and ended up doing a lot of beach walking on the sand and the salt water.

Do you live near any salt water beaches? You would be surprised how well that works and you get a fair amount of exercise too.
Nope, the nearest beach is like 420 miles.

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That's interesting because I've read that diabetics should never soak their feet. Shows us what they really know, eh?
Diabetes, like cancer, is different per individual. Which is also the reason there is no standard prescribed treatment. It's different for everybody.

I've noticed that it also is different per Doctor. This Dr will tell you something is ok, the next will tell you to never do it.

It's all a crap shoot.

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It's also a good idea to keep Neosporin in your medicine cabinet so it's ALWAYS available for those little injuries that are "minor" for non diabetics but not for us. It's not a good idea to just go buy it after an injury; you want to apply it immediately. We have lots of bacteria on our skin all the time & infection can start quickly.
I learned that after I had a dermatologist remove a harmless lump (fatty tumor) on my ear, the doctor suggested applying Neosporin 3 times/day to prevent wound infection - which is possible even in a sterile surgical procedure.

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Update- oh boy. The toe got worse lightening fast. Here I was, in a podunk town in the adirondacks for a week. No way could it wait till I got home. Iím scared about the toe but even more terrified of the antibiotic they most assuredly will give me for it. If itís intra-veinous and I have a bad reaction, can they handle full-on anaphylaxis? Iíd lose the toe before I risk a pine box.

It was a rough time let me tell you. Luckily, they went with oral bactrim which I tolerated just fine and (phew!) my toe is improving.

Definitely... concrete shoes! Thatís the take-away for me 😉
I'm glad that your toe is healing . That was scary just reading it!

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This afternoon, I had a foot issue that could have been serious. I'm sharing it to provide more useful info.

I was going out to do some errands. I put on my socks & sandals (it's 108 today). I'm walking out to my car & I feel a slight stinging pain in my right foot. Since I get this type of pain sometimes (as many of us do), I didn't think much of it but since it was worse when I put weight on the foot, I decided to check my foot, socks & sandals for a foreign object. Nothing on my foot or sandals, couldn't find anything in my sock...at first. I turned the sock inside out & after a few minutes, I could feel something sharp in the material. It's a rather thick sock, so it was hard to find. It was part of a thorn or sticker that got embedded in the material & didn't come out in the wash.
That's why I previously mentioned the importance of maintaining sensitivity in our feet by not allowing calluses to become too thick - filing callused areas & not going barefoot (which speeds up callus development).
On another forum, we were discussing diabetic foot care. One guy didn't want others to go through what he went through. He was walking barefoot in his house & he stepped on a kernel of cat litter. He didn't feel it due to neuropathy & it embedded itself into his foot & caused an infection that required removal of half his foot. The photos he posted were quite a reminder.....

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