Diabetic patients bring many foot conditions because of poor circulation and the inability to be active. While it has been established that activity is important to living with diabetes, when foot pain is in place movement can be extremely uncomfortable, discouraging, and can seem impossible. Yet as noted in a recent post, Diabetic Exercise Stalled by Painful Feet?
When you are working on all of the things you have to watch when living with diabetes, the signs of equinus in a foot or both feet could be so subtle that they get missed. That lack of mobility that seems to have been slowly increasing is one of the big signs that one tends to just ‘live with’ and get on to other stuff. Maybe you’ve blamed it on ‘getting old’ or on ‘those bad shoes’. If you just life your heel a little sooner in the step, the discomfort will quiet down and you can put off thinking about it.
I’m committed to checking diabetic patients for more than toenail conditions because the little things that a patient does to compensate for the diminishing mobility — standing or stepping in an unnatural manner, for example, — can put pressure on other joints and lead to more problems. Meanwhile, the heel pain is there; the symptoms are just being accommodated.
During a thorough exam, I can check for flexibility at more than one point. The absence of adequate movement means that you may not have been in excruciating pain, but that nagging heel pain is a serious issue. The diabetes irritates it even more. But, when we’ve made the flexibility checks together, we can make a plan for treatment. I have tools such as a special brace that I’ve invented that can be applied successfully in shorter time increments. Clamping your foot and ankle in a rigid brace can lead to rubbing issues that just snowball into more problems.
If your feet have been less cooperative in movement lately, whether you live with diabetes or not, call me today for an appointment and an exam that checks for the problem areas. The longer that one sign goes untreated, the more time that will be required to get away from it.
You can call 317-660-2115 for that appointment or you can use the online appointment option available 24/7 for your convenience at the Hoosier Foot and Ankle website. We will work to get you into a time at the clinic that works best for you.