I’ve noticed some thick callouses on my feet, specially on the heels and below the big toe, also it’s thick on the sides of my feet. I was diagnosed 18 months ago and usually have good control (last AC1, 6.0) I also walk a lot (but sometimes my shoes are not very comfortable) I also don’t like to think that EVERYTHING that happens in my body is because D … any thoughts or similar experiences ?



I also have new callouses since being dx’ed. I use a pumice stone in the shower when they are soft and some cream with urea. The foot Dr. told me it was OK to use the pumice stone because I have really good blood circulation and feeling in my feet. Good job on the a1c. I am also at 18 months just a little older. LOL My last a1c and yes I am bragging was 5.7 Oh, Ola mi amigo (spelling? my spanish is not to good)

My heels are calloused, too. Diabetics have dry skin on our feet, especially on the heels.

Like Keith, I use a pumice stone stone after showering. At night, I use oil & found it works better than lotions. The best oil I’ve found is emu oil. It’s supposed to be very close to our natural skin oils. Coconut oil is good, too.

Callouses on the sides & big toe could be from your shoes. Good to have shoes that fit right so you don’t get blisters or callouses from rubbing.

Before I had problems at the back of my heels…They felt hard and when thickens it cracks! My doctor advised me a cream called E-45. Its hypoallergenic, scentless and so far worked wonders for me. I also tried fitting socks…it cushions my feet better when running, walking, or if on my feet for longer periods of time.
Although better fitting shoes are also much recommended. Ill fitting shoes can cause other foot problems.

You are bringing up an extremely important issue and I have often wondered why there is so little attention to footcare for diabetics. I had to have two toes amputated before I got smart enough to realize that footcare is just as important as other aspects of diabetes management. You have probably not had diabetes long enough to develop severe neuropathy which is when it really becomes dangerous, because then you cannot feel what is happening to your feet because the nerve endings are shot. I have had Type 1 for 64 years and have adopted the following regime which I strongly recommend. Twice a day I examine my feet, using a goose-neck lamp of the kind many doctors have in their office (they cost around $80 in the US), and a hand-held mirror. An over-the-counbter medication to prevent athletes’ foot ios used, and then I apply a water-soluble cream to prevent dry skin and cracking which can invite bacterial infection. A product sold here under the name of Lanolor is excellent. Comfortable shoes and socks are also a must. I use only Thorlo Medisocks which are thick and padded, and shoes large enough to confortable fit these. Don’t wait until it is too late to take care of your feet!

Thanks everyone … I guess the best thing would be to go the foot dr. once in a while … great advices … and Keith, I´m gonna start banning people with lower ACs than mine … lol … great job and gracias to all.

I am not sure how I did it and your’s was great!!!