I’ve been type 1 for 28 years now. It’s no secret that I only bothered to care for my diabetes in just the past two years. This neglect and rebellion extends to foot care. As diabetics we tend to be warned and encouraged to care for our feet more than a non-diabetic needs to. I always thought the doctors took it a bit far. Things like, examine your feet thoroughly everyday, and don’t wear open toed shoes, etc. I just thought it was ridiculous.
Now that I suffer from neuropathy and retinopathy (eye disease) I find that I am more clumsy, unstable, and less aware of immediate injuries because I don’t feel my feet as well. I have injured two toes fairly bad in scrapping and stubbing accidents over the past few months. I might add that I still refuse to wear closed toe shoes (because I’m stubborn and dumb like that, they just aren’t comfortable).
My question for discussion here (beyond general replies and opinions) is, do you, and have you always, listened to and followed your doctor’s advice for diabetic foot care? I’m sure starting to.