Foot (Care) Loose.

FootSummer time calls for lots of shoeless activities – swimming, hanging at the beach, and letting your toes wiggle in some fresh cut grass at the local park. Being raised a San Diego girl and now living here in Portland, everyone is outside all the time (year round in San Diego…and also year round in Portland…these Pac Northwest folks aren’t scared of anything!) With the high temps, my feet have been relatively unprotected for the past few months. I’m either totally barefoot, out in nature, or wearing flip flops because the thought of putting on a shoe and sock combination in this weather makes me sweat just thinking about it. All this foot action is great…except it’s totally not recommended for people with diabetes.

If you check the ADA website and look up foot care, they offer a lot of advice on good preventative foot care for people with diabetes. Just some of the items in their loooong list are as follows:

On this checklist, I do exactly NONE of these things. I also get pedicures regularly, run in “barefoot” toe shoes, and wear high heels on the regular. Basically, I am horrible at this preventive foot care thing and I clearly have a bit of a guilt complex about it.

But am I alone here? Are all of you folks following this checklist closely? What about in the summer time when your feet are often exposed. Can anyone make me feel better about being a total slacker by also admitting they don’t do any of this? :)

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Ha! I don’t treat my feet any differently than anyone else would, I think. I do wash them (when I shower), but don’t make any special effort to dry between the toes or anything like that. Looking at my feet is done out of necessity (can’t put on socks properly without looking!) but I don’t “inspect”.

I don’t use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blanket – just because, well, I don’t. It has nothing to do with diabetes.

My heels have callouses on them. I pick at them. Constantly.

You are not the only one! I do nothing “special” for my feet and actually work them pretty hard by running all the time. The only thing I don’t do is walk around barefoot because I don’t like to. I take solace in the fact that my feet (despite being calloused and diabetic) are actually really sensitive and incredibly ticklish (pedicures are sometimes awkward) which must mean the nerves are all okay, right?

The moment I get home I take off my shoes and putting them on is the last thing I do before I leave the house. I go barefoot all the time. I don’t dry between my toes and I never check my feet. I figure some day it will all catch up with me. Especially since I have my first appt with a podiatrist next week. I feel I will at best get a lecture.

I don’t do anything special for my feet either – the last thing I want to do in summer is put shoes and/or socks on. I also run barefoot on the beach in Summer – is this bad? Who cares really – it feels great and I love feeling the sand and sea on my feet – no better way to start my day!

sorry dear, I’m at that other end of the spectrum after watching my T1D grandmother die of septicemia secondary to a minor diabetic ulcer. I know any small wound on me takes forever to heal, so I always wear foot wear on and watch for hot spots and blisters. I wear toe socks for prolonged walks/runs since I’m prone to between-the-toes friction blisters. I figure it may be a PITA but is important.

I do wash my feet everyday, because I have a weird “thing” about putting dirty feet in my clean bed. But as for the others, I do nada, not one.

I am with you. I love being barefoot, I get pedicures, and my belief has always been that if I can feel my feet, which I can, then those “rules” don’t apply. I heal fairly quickly, and of course I pay attention if I have a cut or splinter, treat it appropriately, etc…

I got angry at a doctor who insisted when I was in my 20’s , in excellent health and fully aware of my feet, that I never go barefoot, even in my home. I understand if you can’t feel or can’t see your feet, but to put us all together in one category just drives me crazy.

I probably put lotion on my feet more often than the “normal” person but other than that I don’t really treat my feet any differently than someone without diabetes.

My (lack of) feet treatment is also approved by my endo. He checks my feeling, reflexes, etc at each appointment. As long as I don’t have any complications I can keep my toes wiggling free.

I used hot water bottles while camping in the winter. I go barefoot at home, but outside I usually do wear at least flip flops, and I get pedicures. I do pay a little extra attention if I get a cut on the foot, with anti-bacterial cream and letting it get air at night. I don’t wear heels very often, but not because of diabetes- only because they’re not very comfortable for me. I always feel like those tips are for older inactive people… I do not want to wear shoes at the beach. I already have to wear a pump! But, based on one of the earlier comments, maybe I will be a little more careful

I also do exactly none of those things. I consider them excellent recommendations for those with decreased sensation in their feet, but this does not currently apply to me.

I was horrified/amused when a GP at a walk-in clinic looked at my shoes and declared that the heels were “too high” for a person with diabetes. Huh?

I was like so many of you for so long. Until, actually, about last April. I have had type 1 for 42 years and my brother-in-law has had type 2 for about 15-16 years. He got a sore on his foot (I think, but am not 100% sure) from walking barefoot. He got his leg amputated below a the knee last April. It was horrifying, enough to make me have a relapse into a sheep and dark depression that I had a thought I had control of.
I vow that although I love wearing nothing on my feet at all, I will at least make the effort to have shoes on always when outdoors. It just really is NOT worth it to have to experience an amputation, folks. However,if I am at the beach, I will make sure any shoes I wear area the skinniest flip flops ever made!

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