Ask an expert
Question

14 Jul 2005

Diabetes Type I
Type I diabetes is causing the tissue around the bone under my toes to disintegrate. No matter how thick the soles of the shoes, it is very painful to stay on my feet after 15 minutes.
Answer 369 views
Expert
Foot expert

01 Jan 0001

You do not state what you diabetic status is, but it sounds as if you have been diabetic for many years,
In long term diabetics there can be a loss of blood flow to the extremities this in turn causes the fat pad to thin out, you may aso have a neuropathy that adds to the pain.
You must make sure your blood sugars are well controlled, control your weight, exercise do what the doctors and diabetic councellers have told you
?? have you seen a podiatrist, recently or ever, if not you MUST!!!!!!!!!
They will be able to assess your foot status as a diabetic, and assist wit shoe advice etc
You sound as if you will need a orthotic to control the weight distribution in your feet this will help immensely

Call the South African Podiatry assn 0861 100 249, ask the secretary who takes your call for a podiatrist who has an interest in diabetes
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
33% - 9362 votes
No
67% - 19306 votes
Vote