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When to see your GP about a foot sore

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by BeckiDover, Feb 12, 2019.

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  1. BeckiDover

    BeckiDover Type 1 · Member

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    Hi!
    I've recently had a slight problem with my foot and, as i'm only 24, it made me think, when is it actually appropriate to see your GP about a foot problem? We're always told its so important to regularly check and look after our feet, but when should you see your GP about a problem, without seeming like a nuisance.

    The reason i haven't been to the doctors already is because i don't think it is "diabetes related" and will hopefully repair itself shortly. I had a pain in my toe, which i think was a splinter. I managed to remove the "splinter" and it's no longer painful but my toe still has a round red spot/patch on the top but it doesn't feel sore. Is this a case that really needs to be seen by a GP or should i leave it?

    Just as a note, i do get my feet checked every year by my diabetes healthcare team.

    Any response welcome! I'd be interested to hear how others feel about and manage their foot care, particularly if you are a similar age to me.
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @BeckiDover I had an issue with my foot about a year, same sort of thing, had a sore so sent a photo to my DSN and asked if it was anything to be worried about, as my control is pretty good she said no, but if it got worse then to see the GP, it fortunately disappeared a week or so later.

    How is your control in general as this will affect the healing of this ? Also if in doubt call 111 and have a chat to them if you are unable to speak to your DSN.
     
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    BeckiDover Type 1 · Member

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    My control is generally very good and I don’t/haven’t had a problem with wounds healing before.

    My only concern is that my circulation isn’t great in my feet (they’re either freezing cold or hot!) and as I haven’t ever had a problem with my feet before, I’m don’t really know what is good/bad (if that makes sense).

    If it doesn’t improve in a week I will definitely check with my GP.
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @BeckiDover I'm also the same I have poor circulation, always cold ! Just out of interest do you know what could of caused it ? Mine was poorly fitting footwear I think, just freaked a bit because it looked sore and as a t1 I wasn't sure if I had to do anything about it apart from the usual of keeping it dressed/covered and clean.
     
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    BeckiDover Type 1 · Member

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    I THINK it was a tiny splinter in the end of my toe, which I managed to remove, as my toe only hurt when I put pressure on the area.
    But I’m also the same with footwear/socks! They can mark my feet and make them feel sore if they’re too tight or even too big.

    I do think there’s a lot of emphasis put on making sure you check your feet but no real guidance to what to do if you find anything, major or small, unless you already have a foot related diagnoses like neuropathy.
     
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  6. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Have you had a check for thyroid hormones?
    I was diagnosed with a failed thyroid years ago now but I can still remember after a few days of taking Thyroxine how my hands and feet felt as though they were in warm water - it gave such a feeling of relief and relaxation.
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you can feal the type of carpet you are walking on when bear foot, then I expect you would feal pain if you had a real problem with your feet. The danger is when people can't feal pain, and/or ignore part of their food thst "looks wong" for a long time.
     
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