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I am on a constant quest for shoes that don’t kill my feet due to the neuropathy. I find that Spencos and Wolky shoes seem the best. Are there any other suggestions? Shoes can be just crippling for me. Horrid.
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Looking back over the years of foot problems and helpful cures, I really recommend stretching the feet with the rubber bands, in four directions every day to improve the feet, according to your conditions. I cured my plantar fasciitis without surgery with the help of my grandchildren who loved to pull the bands for resistance therapy. It took months but that problem entirely went away. I have some neuropathy and am working on some causes and therapies. With any form of diabetes, diet and exercise are essential for control and improvement. Now I concentrate on losing some pounds, which is a slow process. Dorisena
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@dorisena Glad you cured your foot problem,my girlfriend did same thing Curious to see what you find out about neuropathy
The neuropathy comes and goes, and I learned nothing when I went to the neurologist doctor. She said exercise wouldn't help but I do it anyway. I continue to blame some of my problems on nerve damage from the back surgery. I went to Florida, ate a strict diet by cooking my own meals, and walked as much as I could. I don't think I improved any of my health issues, but my slacks fit a little better. My weight did not decline as I had hoped. My blood pressure has declined and I have dropped one of my pills which made me feel worse. Sometimes my BP is quite low and once in a while it spikes. I plan to be active planting garden in waist high benches this spring and not dwell on my physical ailments at age 84. It is what it is. Dorisena
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Due to the small fiber neuropathy my feet are extremely sensitive and develop irritation, red patches and callouses very easily. I cannot even wear sneakers unless I get two sizes up and line with sherpa or lambswool. For socks, I can only wear the thick heat holders as it gives me padding even in the hot summer months. Ugg slippers are great but cannot wear them to work. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Hello @lmcfm1, You will notice that we moved your post to an existing discussion — Does anyone find that a type of shoe helps your foot neuropathy? so that you can meet other members who have the same symptoms and you can learn what they have shared. If you click the VIEW & REPLY button at the bottom of the email notification for this post it will take you to the discussion.
There is also another discussion that you may want to join and read what others have shared.
If the shoe fits, wear it!: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/if-the-shoe-fits-wear-it/
Before I developed lymphedema in my legs and was looking for comfortable socks for my feet with neuropathy, I found that socks made with bamboo were very soft and stretchy and felt really good on my feet. I now have to wear compression socks which help the lymphedema but not without great discomfort on my part. Here's an idea of what's available for 2020 – https://bamboo-comfort.com/reviews/best-bamboo-socks/
I normally wear Sketchers slip on shoes made with leather and not their canvas ones. What type of shoe are you wearing now?
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When I'm home: ugg boots with a pair of my orthotics in them. When pain is distracting, I pull them off and spray with lidocaine spray (I'm SO glad that lidocaine and benzocaine can be purchased over the counter). It gives me a few minutes break from the pain and resets the pain spiral down to zero. I don't know if "pain spiral" is the right phrase, but you might know what I mean: constant pain escalates on itself and gets worse and worse even when the basic condition is not progressing as much. When I'm running: Skechers with the soft "rebounding" rubber soles and my orthotics. When it's very painful, I have to grin and bear it. Running helps – while I'm running, I'm so interested in my surroundings that it distracts me from the pain. If my anti-seizure meds are due in an hour, I can get through that hour by running, walking, or biking outside in a different world from the one I wake up in every day. I'm reading this section with interest as I'm always looking for new ways. The house I am just moving into has a shower with 3 heads – 1 points directly at my feet and calves and has a separate control. I've been turning it on cold while the upper ones are hot enough to keep me warm while my feet and calves are getting refreshed by the cold water. Peggy
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I found quickly that warm-hot water breaks the cycle and gives relief for an hour or more.
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I also am a type 2 diabetic –I have worn DR Comfort for many years. I find them to be the best for me. The Neuropathy is always there.
I'm a type 2 diabetic and the doctors won't listen I keep asking for a nutritionist goes nowhere
@shielda69. That's not acceptable You should think about changing Dr.s The Dr works for you not you for the Dr You need to be proactive it's your health
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Hello @mstephen, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @lioness and other members. Sad to hear your doctors won't listen. I've been labelled as a person with pre-diabetes and have many times been offered appointments with a Mayo nutritionist/dietitian. i had already seen one years before to help me with weight management but I just didn't have the motivation at the time to keep up with it. Now I know how important it is I've made some changes in my lifestyle to eat healthier and lose some weight.
Here's an article you might find helpful – Excerpt from article… "Diets rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, moderate in alcohol consumption, and lower in refined grains, red/processed meats, and sugar-sweetened beverages have demonstrated to reduce diabetes risk and improve glycemic control and blood lipids in patients with diabetes.Feb 11, 2016" — Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Dietary …: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4751088/
If my doctor is not open to listening to my requests to improve my health, I would be seeking another opinion. I'm not sure if it's an option for you but if you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, contact one of the appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.
A website, NutritionFacts.org, by Dr. Michael Greger might be helpful to you. He has many videos concerning nutrition and diet. Search for ones on diabetes.
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@pfbacon . My problem is my feet are always cold have to wear socks in summer or a hot foot bath for them .
The doctors don't believe you still stick to a diabetic diet so the only thing you can do is get mad and prove them wrong. I suggest purchasing the Mayo Diet book which has more information than you can use, and is very practical. My only complaint is that I eat much more protein thant he amounts recommended and probably won't cut down anytime soon. I spoil myself with fresh veggies and fruit and that helps me eat the right food for a balanced diet. I do not bring home food I should be avoiding. That is a no no and I wouldn't drive back to town to get something I shouldn't have. I have enough faith in myself to stick to eating the best foods for me. Dorisena
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We are having a heat wave and I still have to wear socks to bed because my feet get so cold when I sit for a while. At 2:00 a.m. I have to take the socks off because I am too hot. Today my air conditioner broke down. I must sleep in the basement until the repairman comes. Dorisena
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