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maryd98
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I'm worried about my foot

I'm going to see a podiatrist. (cue dramatic music) I guess mainly I'm hoping for some support, maybe some insights or words of advice?

 

A few months ago, I think it was, I noticed one or two kind of weird little white spots on the edge of the nail on my big toe. I happened to go to a dermatologist for something else, so I showed him my toe and asked him about it, thinking maybe it was fungus. He said no and very diplomatically said something about how our toes change as we age.

 

More recently, farther down along the nail, I noticed some darkness, and then suddenly (in the past 3 days or so), there's a big white spot at the bottom of the nail, still along the edge. It almost looks like it's on the skin, but I think it's on the nail only. It feels a little weird--not exactly scratchy, not exactly painful, somewhere between the two. I think the toe's a little red too.

 

I'm nervous 'cause you know...I'm diabetic (duh) and my biggest fear is losing my legs ('cause of my family history), but also 'cause I don't have insurance and so now here come more bills! Probably big ones, too. Plus I don't have a doctor, so I don't have a recommendation. I saw a podiatrist years ago for a totally unrelated (and now "fixed") problem; I liked him a lot, but I'm not sure I remember his name; I've probably got it on some paperwork that's buried somewhere. So I've just gone online and found a few podiatrists that seem promising.

 

Plus I'm a little puzzled, a little frustrated, a little disappointed because I've had excellent control over my BG since almost the beginning, after I was diagnosed. I'm hoping whatever this is on my toe is not related to diabetes, but still...

 

Another worry--I'm already scheduled for surgery on December 21 (for the cyst on my wrist), and now this? I hope there's no problem dealing with both at once (besides the cost, of course).

 

Any words of wisdom? Please?

Till next time,
maryd98
the diabetic formerly known as 14 and counting, aka Mary
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Diagnosed T2 July 1998
First A1C (July 1998): 13.6
First BG (July 1998): 537
Latest A1C (August 2014): 5.7
On oral meds for about 9 months after diagnosis
"Just" diet and exercise for 15+ years
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bugbarb
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Re: I'm worried about my foot

Go get it checked out.  The cost of waiting may be more than you can afford.

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Re: I'm worried about my foot

It's definitely worth having it checked.  It may be a fungus or it could be a bit of an infection.  I don't think it would be a major problem unless the toe starts turning blue or black.  Otherwise, it should be completely treatable.


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maryd98
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Re: I'm worried about my foot

Thanks for y'all's responses. I've made an appointment with a podiatrist--I was able to get a recommendation from a CDE I trust. I'm going in on Thursday. It's going to cost about $200-25, maybe more? Yikes!!

 

My toe's pretty red now and it hurts a little bit...the nail's a bit dark (like when I posted before) and the white spot is about the same (maybe a bit bigger?). Now my middle toe on the same foot is feeling a little weird--no visible changes, but it's like super sensitive. I can't take a step without knowing I'm using that toe--does that make sense? There's a weird feeling on the bottom of the toe whenever it touches anything, with or without shoes on...

 

I'm nervous but also eager to go see the doc and get this taken care of...

Till next time,
maryd98
the diabetic formerly known as 14 and counting, aka Mary
-----------------------------------
Diagnosed T2 July 1998
First A1C (July 1998): 13.6
First BG (July 1998): 537
Latest A1C (August 2014): 5.7
On oral meds for about 9 months after diagnosis
"Just" diet and exercise for 15+ years
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gphxgphx
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Re: I'm worried about my foot

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When I was a kid a neighborhood cat nipped my index finger at the final joint. Seemed like no big deal. The next morning the finger was a bit stiff but I ignored it and went to school. By the time I came home from school the finger had swelled and started looking marbled. Next thing I knew I woke up in the hospital with tubes sticking out of me a few days later.

 

I'm not trying to scare you. You could, and probably will, be just fine. I'm just pointing out infections can move surprisingly fast in diabetics, even without the recent addition of super nasties such as MRSA.

 

If it doesn't feel right and/or it doesn't look right I'd go to urgent care first, then make sure the podiatrist knows I'm a diabetic so they can move my appointment up as soon as possible, even if only as a follow up to the urgent care.

 

We have a simple rule in our house. If we're not sure whether we should go to urgent care or not it means we don't have enough info to be sure. This in itself is a confirmation we should go.

 

I'm in my 40s now and it was only this year my mother said the doctor told her I was lucky I didn't die. All from a finger that was a little stiff and just a little sore in an otherwise healthy, nondiabetic kid.

 

If you don't have funds for an ER visit ask them if they have charity care options. Many hospitals provide free care if people simply ask.

 

Again, not trying to worry you just saying to make sure you have your bases covered. The fact you're worried tells me it is worth getting it checked out sooner rather than later. I hope all goes well.

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Upacha
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Re: I'm worried about my foot

Good luck with your appointment. 

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14andcounting wrote:

Thanks for y'all's responses. I've made an appointment with a podiatrist--I was able to get a recommendation from a CDE I trust. I'm going in on Thursday. It's going to cost about $200-25, maybe more? Yikes!!

 

My toe's pretty red now and it hurts a little bit...the nail's a bit dark (like when I posted before) and the white spot is about the same (maybe a bit bigger?). Now my middle toe on the same foot is feeling a little weird--no visible changes, but it's like super sensitive. I can't take a step without knowing I'm using that toe--does that make sense? There's a weird feeling on the bottom of the toe whenever it touches anything, with or without shoes on...

 

I'm nervous but also eager to go see the doc and get this taken care of...


Mary, I'm glad you are going to see a foot doctor- sorry about the cost.

 

Once this is assessed and treated if necessary you might consider finding someone for the ongoing care of your feet.

 

There are many Registered Nurses who have training in trimming nails, getting rid of callouses, assesing foot problems etc and they are much less expensive that a podiatrist for routine visits. They are also know just when to refer you to a foot doctor or a wound specialist.

 

My doctor gave me the name of one who charges $25-$40 dollars per session depending on whether one goes to her or she comes to the patients home.

 

Diabetes Educators can often give you the name of one. You can ask at the nearest Diabetes Education Center.

 

Let us know how the visit went,

Dianne

 

Dianne

Diagnosed as type 2 in 2005 with an A1c of 9.1

Started with metformin and a low dose of an ARB for blood pressure. Added a sulfonylurea (a med that helps my pancreas produce my own insulin) Also a low dose of Crestor to lower my cholesterol.
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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booklover
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Re: I'm worried about my foot

Hope your toe will be alright.

Good Luck on your wrist.

It really really sucks that you do eveything that you can to control your blood sugar and still have problems. I know how you feel because I have issue too.

I hope you are able to get health insurance soon.

Leeann
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Feb 2013 A1C 6.0
Feb 2014 A1C 5.6
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maryd98
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Re: I'm worried about my foot

Thanks again to all of you who've responded. It means a lot to get some supportive feedback.

 

I haven't told anyone about this (except on this site and the CDE who recommended the podiatrist), just 'cause I think most people wouldn't understand, and with my wrist on top of the foot...literally and figuratively...I don't know, it just seems like too much. I'm not looking for pity but I think that's what I'd get (or maybe dismissal, or unhelpful advice).

 

I wish I could say I'll be getting insurance soon, leeann, but it's unlikely. I haven't had it in years, and last time I checked it'll cost me almost $500 a month (or was that $400?) if I go with the plan I can get through my job. I just can't afford that. I expect that once I get my wrist and foot taken care of I'll be okay for a while (I hope!)--otherwise, $400-500 a month may be a good investment, but how to pay it? Not something I can figure out right now. I'm just hoping I can hold out for a few more years till I qualify for medicare. I know it's not a perfect plan, but for now it's my best option...

 

Thanks again!

Till next time,
maryd98
the diabetic formerly known as 14 and counting, aka Mary
-----------------------------------
Diagnosed T2 July 1998
First A1C (July 1998): 13.6
First BG (July 1998): 537
Latest A1C (August 2014): 5.7
On oral meds for about 9 months after diagnosis
"Just" diet and exercise for 15+ years
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booklover
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Individuating wrote:

Thanks again to all of you who've responded. It means a lot to get some supportive feedback.

 

I haven't told anyone about this (except on this site and the CEDE who recommended the podiatrist), just 'cause I think most people wouldn't understand, and with my wrist on top of the footballers and figuratively don't know, it just seems like too much. I'm not looking for pity but I think that's what I'd get (or maybe dismissal, or unhelpful advice).

 

I wish I could say I'll be getting insurance soon, lean, but it's unlikely. I haven't had it in years, and last time I checked it'll cost me almost $500 a month (or was that $400?) if I go with the plan I can get through my job. I just can't afford that. I expect that once I get my wrist and foot taken care of I'll be okay for a while (I hope!)--otherwise, $400-500 a month may be a good investment, but how to pay it? Not something I can figure out right now. I'm just hoping I can hold out for a few more years till I qualify for Medicare. I know it's not a perfect plan, but for now it's my best option...

 

Thanks again!


I got insurance this year through my husband job. He just switch jobs. So , I have to learn a new system. It is the second most expensive bill per month. My husband and I want 10 years without insurance because of the cost. We got chip for our son. So, I have been there and it sucks.

 

I understand your frustration with your wrist and toe. I have one complication after another. It is a royal pain in the ass.

Well good luck with everything. Enjoy the season as best as you can.

Leeann
Type 2
April 2012 A1C 6.5
Feb 2013 A1C 6.0
Feb 2014 A1C 5.6
Metformin 1000 2x day
Hashimoto thyroid
Thyroxine 50 mcg
pravasatin 20mg
depression from thyroid
Venlafaxine er 150 mg
GERD
dexilant 60mg
PCOS