You cannot be too careful with your feet. I was reminded of this wisdom big time last week, when I heard about an acquaintance who's been diagnosed with melanoma and had to have two toes removed.  She's very fair, and apparently never put sunscreen on her feet.  Have I ever done that? Not sure. Do not neglect your feet, my Friends!

On that note, a look back at post from early 2006 -- probably the last time I thought seriously about foot health. Oy.

 

Dry Between Your Toes

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There are certain aspects of diabetes care that I've just plain stonewalled. Foot care is No. 1 on that list. What could it matter to a girl who spent her formative years running around barefoot on the sizzling asphalt of LA that some people with diabetes get foot problems? Me, who's "complications clock" just started running less than 3 yrs. ago?

But lately I discovered something disgusting. Diabetes makes your feet susceptible to everything. My endo found a bit of athlete's foot or related fungus between my toes, and lectured me for the umpteenth time on "drying between your toes." Well I do! Or I did... Or OK, maybe not so carefully. But I literally have walked barefoot all over this state and have never, ever, had any problem with my feet until now. Yucchh!

It was nothing that 10 days of Lotrimin cream couldn't cure, mind you, but then I got some blisters from my awesome new New Age loafers that wouldn't go away. I've had to table the shoes, but the blisters still aren't healed. Crap. This foot thing is for real.

I do not have neuropathy! I can still feel every crumb in my socks. So why are my feet suddenly so darn sensitive? I guess as a commenter here recently noted, the longer you have diabetes, the more the effects set in.

My endo also told me never to wear sandals. Wha? Obviously, he's never seen these, or these.

As Scott J noted on his blog recently, we've just got to make the effort to take good care of our feet, and maybe even ask for an exam if it's not forthcoming.

 

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