The Saturday Share #8
So to do my part in trying to keep internet health information correct I’ve been two-timing my blog by writing over at Sharecare were I am one of their “Experts” answering diabetes questions posted by readers.
I’m having a blast, and I’ve decided that every week I’m going to share one of my favorite questions with you here.
Sharecare Question: I have diabetes, should I be concerned about a small red foot blister?
My “Expert” answer: Absofreakinlutely. Not to scare you, but we D-folk account for over half of the amputations in the US, all of which start with something simple like a blister.
For what it’s worth, that’s around 90,000 amputations every year, a popular club, but not one you want to join.
For a whole host of reasons, those of us with diabetes heal more slowly than other people, and we are also a risk from suffering from reduced sensation in our feet. That’s important because it means you might injure the bottom of your foot and not even know it.
But the great news is that you are aware of your blister. That tells me you are paying attention. Taking care of any foot injury early on is the key to keeping your toes, feet, and legs attached to your body until you die at the age of 114 after being hit by a FedEx truck while out for your early morning jog.
Two tips for everyone: buy slippers. Yeah, I know, I know. It is a hard habit to get into, but you should never be wandering around barefoot. Keep slippers by your bed so if you get up at night to answer a call of nature you don’t step on something sharp the cat drug in or stub your toe on a wall in the dark. (I’ve been preaching this to my patients for years but had to break a toe twice to actually start doing it myself.)
Second tip: kiss your feet goodnight every night. That simply means stop, look, and feel. Check in with your feet as you slip under the covers. Make sure everything is A-OK. No cuts. No splinters. No blisters. No odd color. If you have a hard time seeing the bottoms of your feet, get a hand mirror.
You can check out other Expert’s answers to this question, and my answers to many more questions by going here:
Then select the “Answers” tab near the top left.