Dr. Mindy Trotter is a quad cities foot doctor with Iowa Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC. She recently opened her office to the Quad Cities Adult Type 1 Diabetes Group, where she shared a great deal of information about diabetic foot care. I actually learned a great deal at this event.
If you’re like most diabetics, you’ve never gone to a foot doctor. I know I haven’t. After this visit, I will from now on. Dr. Trotter kind of surprised me with the amount of knowledge she had about diabetes. She was more knowledgeable than my last quad cities endocrinologist! (My current nurse practitioner is amazing though.) Dr. Trotter explained exactly HOW, diabetes causes peripheral neuropathy, which I am challenged with. What the real dangers of it are, which I never connected the dots before. How to properly care for your feet as a diabetic. Lastly, she showed me x-rays of what can happen when you develop “charcot foot”. Ever heard of that? I hadn’t, until that night. Trust me, you don’t want it to happen to you.
So here are some things I learned:
- I learned WHY it’s important not to walk barefoot, or with sandals on. Because if you DO cut your foot, and you have neuropathy like I do, you may not know it. It could get infected, and you won’t know, because you can’t feel the pain. If you or a loved one doesn’t actually LOOK at your feet from time to time, you may never know that you have an infected wound.
- I learned that you should never test water temperature with your feet. With neuropathy, you won’t sense the heat properly. Always test water temperature with your hands or elbows.
- I learned what “proprioception” is, and how it’s different than losing the feeling in your feet and toes. This is what affects balance.
- I learned that you should wear LOOSE socks, not tight socks like I do now.
- I learned that insurance companies often cover special shoes for diabetics with diagnosed peripheral neuropathy.
- I learned what Charcot Foot is. I’m not even going to describe it, it’s so gross. When they showed me x-rays, I cringed, and felt sick looking at them. You don’t want it. You know how a microwave cooks food from the inside out? Imagine that happening to your foot. Yeah.
I set an appointment for next Tuesday, just as a foot checkup, since I’ve never been to a foot doctor before. If you’d like to learn more, click here to visit their website.