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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Diabetes Foot Care ~ Keep Those Tootsies Healthy!

Do you have diabetes or "pre-diabetes?"  Are you aware of how vulnerable your feet are to wounds, punctures, neuropathy, and other dangers?  HB (HoneyBunny) is diabetic and has neuropathy.  A double whammy.  He is not good at scheduling regular visits to the podiatrist to get his feet checked and nails clipped.

However, we did go today...both of us.  My visit was a followup after getting an ingrown toenail clipped last week.  My toe "thumb" (did you ever hear that term?) is doing just peachy, thanks.  HB got clipped and will have a couple of new prescriptions to take for his neuropathy and diabetic shoes. 

This is welcome news to me, as well as HB.  I swear, he has more shoes than Imelda Marcos and not many of them fit him well.  Yet, he insists on struggling to get them on and wearing them because he likes the brand or the style.  He hasn't come to terms with comfy and Happy Feet like some of us have.  It is my hope that these shoes will help with balance and give him those "happy feet" and save his tootsies!

Here is some helpful information from the National Diabetes Educational Program (NDEP):

So...ladies....a pedicure is fine, but if you have diabetes, you should only allow an RN or Doctor to trim those toenails, and you should schedule an annual exam by your favorite podiatrist to make sure your feet are fine.  Fine feet = happy feet. 

And, more of that macho stuff, ya hear?  Don't walk around barefoot if you have diabetes, get your feet checked annually and wear comfy shoes!  That is...if you plan to keep all ten toes!  They are important for more than counting!  (chuckles)

Here's my question (again) you wear comfy shoes?  What's your favorite foot tip?

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  1. Thanks for posting this. And, as you know, I'm ALWAYS barefoot in summer. :( Have to come up with a different strategy, I guess.

    1. Pandora - Yes, even in your situation it would be important.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)


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