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Is there a definitive way to find out if the pain I have in my feet (with or without shoes) is related to my diabetes? If so, would I see my endo or my podiatrist?

I am no longer on diabetes meds (for over a year now), but I walk for exercise (3 miles every morning before work). I try to soak my fee frequently, but with or without shoes I can get some pretty extreme pain in different areas of my feet.

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~Fran

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All numbers great (doc thinks I'm "cured", but we all know better than that)
 

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Diabetic neuropathy usually comes from higher bgs. But if your numbers are good and close to 100 I doubt the foot pain comes from diabetes. I have had chronic foot pain for many years, way before diabetes. I have been playing tennis for 45 years and walk everyday and hike and backpack in the summer. I would think a podiatrist is the best person to talk to to see what is going on. I have something called plantar fascitis. It is an inflammation of the ligament that runs under your foot and wraps around your heel. So you could have pain at any point of the ligament. What works for me is wearing the correct shoes. It took me ages to find ones that work. For several years I wore Birkenstocks and they were OK. But this summer I found a brand of shoes called Ortaheel. I bought a pair of the sandals before vacation this summer and my feet were pain free all vacation. I just picked up a couple of Orthaheel Orthodics to put in my sneakers and tennis shoes. They also have a narrower one for dress shoes and boots. The orthodic makes so much difference. My feet don't hurt now when I walk. I used to have to walk through the pain. They have their own website
Welcome to Orthaheel: Walk Pain Free or you can find them at www.soleprovisions.com or Zappos. I personally like Zappos because shipping is free and returns are free.
The shoes aren't real pretty but boy do they feel good. I wear the sandals indoors all year long, I wish I could wear them outside in the winter.
 
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Diabetic neuropathy usually comes from higher bgs. But if your numbers are good and close to 100 I doubt the foot pain comes from diabetes. I have had chronic foot pain for many years, way before diabetes. I have been playing tennis for 45 years and walk everyday and hike and backpack in the summer. I would think a podiatrist is the best person to talk to to see what is going on. I have something called plantar fascitis. It is an inflammation of the ligament that runs under your foot and wraps around your heel. So you could have pain at any point of the ligament. What works for me is wearing the correct shoes. It took me ages to find ones that work. For several years I wore Birkenstocks and they were OK. But this summer I found a brand of shoes called Ortaheel. I bought a pair of the sandals before vacation this summer and my feet were pain free all vacation. I just picked up a couple of Orthaheel Orthodics to put in my sneakers and tennis shoes. They also have a narrower one for dress shoes and boots. The orthodic makes so much difference. My feet don't hurt now when I walk. I used to have to walk through the pain. They have their own website
Welcome to Orthaheel: Walk Pain Free or you can find them at www.soleprovisions.com or Zappos. I personally like Zappos because shipping is free and returns are free.
The shoes aren't real pretty but boy do they feel good. I wear the sandals indoors all year long, I wish I could wear them outside in the winter.
Thanks so much, jwags! I did think it odd that with my numbers so good and still I would have problems with my feet. I will make an appointment to see my podiatrist, and check out the website you recommended as well.

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jwags gave some good advice. I will add that I had a lot of troube with foot pain until I started wearing support hose. I wear them from the time I get up until I go to bed. I don't go barefooted, it's too hard on the feet. As soon as I hit the house, I put on my Dearfoam house slippers. They have thick, cushy insoles.
 

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Thanks for the added advice, Spunky ... hmmmm Dearfoams ... they ARE nice, aren't they? I have 3 or 4 pair in my closet right now. :)
 

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Don't forget to utilize foot-message daily.. Simple as a empty glass soda pop bottle on the carpet and you rolling your foot over it..
 

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There is also a website called Women's Shoes, Men's Shoes, Walking Shoes, Sandals, Slippers, Socks, Support Hose, Foot Care, Orthopedic & Comfort Products :: FootSmart where I buy my support stockings, supportive shoes, orthodics and different foot massagers. I have one that looks like a small football with spikes. You can put it in the freezer , then you roll your arch over it. It really helps with the pain. Another thing I have done is fill a plastic water bottle about 2/3 full and freeze it. After you walk take bottle out of the freezer and roll under your foot. There is also something called a planter fascitis boot. You wear it at night and supposedly it hold your foot in the proper position. I haven't tried that one yet, it does look like a torture device.
 

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Thanks everyone for all the great advice! This website is fantastic!

~Fran
 

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Foot pain

Back when I was a renovator, on my feet fourteen hours a day, by the end of the day I could hardly walk. I discovered inserts for my shoes from a company called Heel That Pain (heel-that-pain.com) and they worked miracles. The pain was gone in a week and I have used them for the last five years.

I am diabetic and now have severe pain, I believe referred to as diabetic neuropathy, and no medication seems to work, but I know it would be a lot worse if I didn't have these inserts.
 

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Back when I was a renovator, on my feet fourteen hours a day, by the end of the day I could hardly walk. I discovered inserts for my shoes from a company called Heel That Pain (heel-that-pain.com) and they worked miracles. The pain was gone in a week and I have used them for the last five years.

I am diabetic and now have severe pain, I believe referred to as diabetic neuropathy, and no medication seems to work, but I know it would be a lot worse if I didn't have these inserts.
Thanks much, CheckMark ... I am starting the new year with visits to my docs ... I will add my podiatrist to the list, he will prescribe inserts for me.
Happy New Year to all.
~Fran
 
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