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Old 02-16-2012, 01:43   #1
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My doctor has set up a management plan for my diabetes, and registered a team care arrangement with Medicare so I can get free treatment for my feet, eyes and teeth from practitioners who wouldn't otherwise bulk bill.

I've had concerns about my feet for some time, so I'm really pleased that I can now get free podiatrist visits and have set up my first appointment for next Tuesday afternoon.

But never having been to a podiatrist, I'm not sure what to expect. They know at the podiatrist that I'm visiting them for the first time, and that it's under a team care arrangement, so they've arranged for this appointment to be a double one.

So what should I expect the podiatrist to do, and what should I take with me? I realise I need to have clean feet and toenails.

Should I take my walking shoes with me? I have a new pair of Asics that are designed for diabetics (they have a nifty little zipper beside the laces so that I don't have to lace and unlace them now I have the tension right), but I'm still getting some loss of feeling in my toes during my walks and some pain under the balls of my feet towards the end of my 1 hour walk. Not as bad as it was with my previous Kumfs walking shoes, but still more than discomfort by the end of the walk if I do it every day, which I mostly do.

Any and all assistance and suggestions welcome.

 
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I made my diabetic husband go to the podiatrist last spring because he was having problems with his toenails. Every time we went hiking he would get inflammation of his toenails and actually lost a couple of nails. Of course this was the first time in 15 years he had seen a Podiatrist. So the doctor read him the Riot act about how diabetics have to take care of their feet. Then he examined my husband's feet and couldn't believe how healthy they were. He said I can see that you must exercise a lot. My husband plays raquet sports 5 nights and week and walks on the other 2 days. He did have to scrape some calusses off but beside that everything went well. Ask about orthodics. I have a special kind that works well for me. I just swap them into whatever shoes I am wearing. They are called Orthaheel and they have their own website. I think the important thing is to take the pulse in your feet to make sure blood is flowing. This is why daily exercise is important.

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I made my diabetic husband go to the podiatrist last spring because he was having problems with his toenails. Every time we went hiking he would get inflammation of his toenails and actually lost a couple of nails. Of course this was the first time in 15 years he had seen a Podiatrist. So the doctor read him the Riot act about how diabetics have to take care of their feet. Then he examined my husband's feet and couldn't believe how healthy they were. He said I can see that you must exercise a lot. My husband plays raquet sports 5 nights and week and walks on the other 2 days. He did have to scrape some calusses off but beside that everything went well. Ask about orthodics. I have a special kind that works well for me. I just swap them into whatever shoes I am wearing. They are called Orthaheel and they have their own website. I think the important thing is to take the pulse in your feet to make sure blood is flowing. This is why daily exercise is important.
Thanks, Jeanne. My care arrangement allows me 4 or 5 visits to the podiatrist each year if needed, so I'm able to go as often as necessary. I'll take the walking shoes just in case. And I have quite a few calluses that need removal, so that will keep him busy for part of the time, at least. And they'll probably help with diagnosing the oddities of my walk action.

 
 
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Anne, I am supposed to go to the podiatrist once a year (all diabetics should go at least that often), but alas, I don't. However, I did go for a couple of appointments back when. Basically they will inspect your feet for any cuts or malformations, calluses, your toenails. If toenails need trimming they will do that as well (my Mom used to go to get her nails trimmed often because she had very thick and hard toenails. They were impossible to trim on her own). She also had many problems with calluses that were extremely dry and would crack and bleed horribly. They got her feet cleaned up very nicely.

I typically go for pedicures at a reputable salon at least once a month. I get my feet scrubbed, scraped, and grated. They also trim the toenails, cuticles, and they will even take care of ingrowns. I get a nice foot massage and my feet are in great shape. Actually better than they have ever been.

But, back to the podiatrist visit. They will do a sensation test on your feet (usually with a pin or pinwheel). Be sure to tell them the problems you are having when you walk. It is usually a very nice visit as you find out what can be happening and what can be done to help.

Keep us informed what you find out and Good Luck!

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Thanks, Renee, it looks as if it should all be very pleasant. I like your suggestion of getting regular pedicures, because although my feet are clean, my toenails are discoloured from taking my kitchen scraps down to the compost heap through the squishy mud during and after all the rain we've had lately. My yard shoes are Croc knockoffs and it comes in through the holes.

 
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Ann -

When you see the Podiatrist, be sure to tell him/her anything that bothers you about your feet or toenails. I had heel pain when I first started going to the Podiatrist, and he was very good with explaining how to treat my particular problem. Currently my Podiatrist inspects my feet and then cuts my toenails. I am not very flexible anymore, so it helps when he cuts my nails.

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When you see the Podiatrist, be sure to tell him/her anything that bothers you about your feet or toenails. I had heel pain when I first started going to the Podiatrist, and he was very good with explaining how to treat my particular problem. Currently my Podiatrist inspects my feet and then cuts my toenails. I am not very flexible anymore, so it helps when he cuts my nails.
Thanks Strawberry. I'm less flexible too and have had trouble cutting my toenails for a while. But since I lost some fat off my tummy, I'm finding it just a little easier.

 
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