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yellocanoe
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Registered on: ‎11-02-2009

Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Julia,

Soaking in an epsom salt & warm water bath is suposed to help bruises heal up and feel better.

Wow, just read the warnings on the bag of epsom salt I have had in the bathroom cabinet and it advises "HOT OR WARM SOAKS SHOULD NOT BE USED BY INDIVIDUALS WITH DIABETES, EXCEPT ON ADVICE FROM PHYSICIAN"

Tom

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Currently on Metformin ER 1000mg per day
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kellywpa
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Julia, I am another vote for the “please go to the doctor!” I almost lost my leg from what started as dry-cracked skin and I did go to the doctor on day one. Most things I don’t run to the doctor for, but not when it comes to my feet, I learned the hard way Prior to my bad foot infection, I also landed in the hospital because I ignored a tiny red mark on my foot that was smaller than a dime. When I got home from work & took my nylons off, my foot was solid red up to my ankle. Please don’t take a chance!

Like Debbie said, stay off of it. I know that it is hard, but walking on it will cause it to take longer to heal. When you are home, get down on your hands & knees to get around your house. I moved when I was still not allowed to put weight on my foot and you would be surprised how much you can get done crawling around. When you do have to walk, try to put weight on the toe of that foot and not your heel. My balance is bad and I use a walker so I am not sure how hard that is to do without a walker or a crutch.

When you are sitting down, try to keep it elevated. Put a pillow on your couch and put another chair by your computer so you can keep it up. Also, don’t lay your foot flat on the pillow but put the pillow so your foot is kind of hanging over the side of it and the pillow is more of a support for your leg & ankle. When I was in the hospital when my foot turned red, the nurse came in & put a pillow under my foot. My doctor came strolling in a little later and he got upset that my foot was flat on the pillow and said I would have a new problem if I continued to do that.

When you call your doctor tomorrow, if they don’t ask, make sure that they know you are diabetic so they get you in faster.

Kelly
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Thalamos
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

 
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Thalamos
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Hello, everyone. My name is Joe and I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes on 10-26-10.

Hiya, Julia. Are you on a low dose aspirin regiment? The doc put me on one and because of its blood thinning aspects, aspirin regiments can cause easy bruising and more bleeding with cuts.

I, however agree with the others in saying that I would see the podiatrist or at least your GP if it isn't healing properly.


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 you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on.. ~ Lance Armstrong

I thought of that while riding my bicycle. ~ Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. ~ John F. Kennedy


Dx'ed - 10/26/2010
A1C - 10/26/2010 - 12.74
A1C - 11/20/2010 - 10
A1C - 01/26/2011 - 6.4
A1C - 03/14/2011 - 5.7
A1C - 06/27/2011 - 5.5

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juliam1969
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Hi Everyone,  thank you so much for your advice and support.  The deep bruise on my heel is spreading out to almost the whole heel now.  It was just a deep purple in a line where the cord pressed into my heel. It feels weird, not really pain but a strange feeling. My feet are mostly numb, feels like they have fallen asleep all the time.  It is not swollen and I can still feel the pulses in my feet ok.  I have been wrapping it to pad it when I do have to walk.  I plan to call the podiatrist in the morning.  I want to make sure and get it checked out just to be safe.

Joe,  Hi and welcome.  I do take blood thinners, so that could be why it bruised so badly.  I have a million little bruises where I give all my insulin injections in my belly.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Julia
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maplesyrup
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot


Julia, I am glad you are calling the podiatrist tomorrow. If he says he cannot see you for a while then I would suggest that you ask him to refer you to a wound specialist. (that at least will let his office know that this is serious)

Take care,
Dianne
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After 7 years I could no longer tolerate metformin so am doing my best to keep control with a max dose of the sulfonylurea and lots of walking, some swimming.
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Condolences on what you are going through. I really hate when someone on my family leaves an extension cord lying around where I step on it in my bare feet. But for me its just annoying, though. I hope you heal quickly.
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deafmack
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Sorry to hear about your poor foot stepping on that electrical cord. Will be thinking of you and hoping your foot heals soon. My Sister is on Plavix  and bruises easily but it is still a good idea to have things checked out. What can seem minor can turn into something very major as Kelly knows well. Keep off that heel and if it starts to turn red or spread or anything get to the ER ASAP.

a Deaf person with Diabetes.

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arrivedt2
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Julia your stepping on cord was the wake up bell for a Pod Doc visit reminder !!

You state its been a while and your foot knew it so found a way to get your attention back down to feet....take care hope you de-bruise fast.

Warning warning always wear hard bottomed shoes even while in home.

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tbrbeast
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Deep Bruise on bottom of foot

Julia:  I realize that this is a bit late but I'd like to throw my 2 cents in.  I have told my story often enough so I will forego that.  To a point, I agree with Morris, I don't go to the doctor for every little wound.  I do however regularly and religiously monitor any injury for any changes and immediately head for the doctor if changes are noted.  I find bruises more problematic than open wounds - punctures, lacerations etc. - because they are closed.  One cannot see into the wound or do anything to directly address it.  Bruises are problematic because the blood that makes up the bruise may become infected and remain undetected for a period of time.  With the array of other medical issues plus the combination of medications that you are taking, I would not hesitate to immediately seek medical attention. 

Two other comments.  I would be very careful if you chose to soak it in epsom salts for reasons that have been discussed elsewhere and by others.  And I would wear shoes or other footwear that prevents any foreign object from reaching your feet, not just hard soles.  That means no sandals, flipflops, crocs or other similar footwear that has openings that would allow any foreign object easy access to your feet.