Diabetes & Taking Care of Your Feet - It's Important!
If you have neuropathy and if you also have diabetes, it’s really important to take care of your feet. Mayo Clinic has some good information on the subject here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-neuropathy/basics/prevention/con-20033336.
I do not have diabetes but it runs in my family. My mother and my two sisters had it. I’ve never had it but my doctor has told me that I fall into the pre-diabetes category. I learned to take better care of my feet the hard way. I have had peripheral neuropathy probably for 20+ years in my feet and legs. Mostly just numbness. I was used to rubbing my feet together at night as a habit due to the feet always feeling kind of cold. One night several years ago I had to get up in the middle of the night for my old man’s trip to the bathroom. When I was in the bathroom I glanced at the floor and there was blood everywhere. I kept turning in circles to see where it was coming from until I noticed a small little pin spray of blood coming from my ankle in spurts. Long story short – a trip to the ER via ambulance when I couldn’t get the bleeding to stop. The paramedics did get it stopped wanted me to go to the ER just in case. What I found out was my big toenail had a sharp edge and cut into a blood vessel just under the skin. So now, I check my feet everyday. When the toenails grow too long I trim them. I also wear socks at all times so that if I step on something and my foot bleeds I’m going to see it (white short crew socks at night). It’s funny looking back at the incident but it was a little scary when it happened, especially when the paramedics were taking me out of the house on a stretcher and wanted to cover my head with a blanket to keep the sleet off my head. I saw my neighbors lights on and told the paramedics please don’t cover me up – don’t want the neighbors to get the wrong idea.
Anyone else have any taking care of the feet tips?