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Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Taxus, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Taxus

    Taxus Type 2 · Member

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    Hi folks
    I have been pre diabetic for around threee years and thanks to this forum I changed my diet to low carb and have lost 2 stone. My BMI is now normal, HbA1c is in normal range and blood sugar prick test is very rarely outside the range 4.5 to 6. I used to have some symptoms of neuropathy (hot, itchy tingling feet) but this stopped as my weight and bloods improved. I have no loss of sensation in my feet.

    So, I am pleased with my progress. However last Friday after going on a brisk walk for half an hour and then being persuaded to join my kids bouncing on our trampoline, my left foot felt a little sore. l took off the sock and discovered the top of this foot was warm, very red and swollen. it was uncomfortable but not extremely painful, I could stand on it. My GP suggested Ibuprofen, keeping the leg up and keeping it cool. This happened four days ago, and my foot is now a bit less red, but still swolen and uncomfortable, I am hobbling around the house. Should I just follow the advice of my GP or, given the dangers of foot injury for diabetics, should I be looking for it to be checked by a specialist? Thanks.
     
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  2. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Any time you're in doubt, call back and ask for more help than you're getting. I think there's some inflammation going on and the ibuprofen and rest should help, but if you're unsure.... Ask for a referral. The diabetic foot things are usually loss of sensation/neuropathy, and ulcerations/sores that get infected, but it doesn't sound like that's what's going on. I don't think your foot's going to fall off any time soon. Not everything is diabetes related though, could well be you simply did yourself an injury. Cold compresses, anti-inflammatories (maybe a steroid injection? It would raise blood sugars for a while though), rest... It could be a while before things really improve, weeks, not days. But again, if you don't trust it... GP.

    Hope it feels better soon!
    Jo
     
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  3. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Taxus - Did your doctor tell you what the underlying cause of these symptoms were?

    In the very short term, if it were me, I'd be pointing the finger at the trampoline. Bouncing up and down, especially with other on it at the same time, means you aren't completely in control of the bed you are bouncing on. You could easily have managed to strain or sprain your foot a little.

    Anything that is inflamed usually has three signs - heat, swelling and pain.

    If you are concerned, perhaps call your Doc and ask him how long he'd expect it would take before you saw an improvement or disappearance of the symptoms.

    When in doubt; check it out. :)
     
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  4. Taxus

    Taxus Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks for your comments. I think the trampoline was the culprit, me showing off my bouncing skills to the kids. My red foot is now looking a more natural shade of pink and the swelling is going, so yes Jo, I dont think the foot will fall off! I agree its important to remember that not all health issues are diabetes related, on reflection the damage I did to my foot may well be simply due to my advancing age and decrepitude....
     
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