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Pretty Feet Equals Pain (so does procrastination!)

Photo courtesy of Simon Howden
Photo courtesy of Simon Howden

 

So I saw a podiatrist today.  Something I should have done long ago.  Thanks to the gentle but firm encouragement from Scott Johnson, I went ahead and made the appointment so that I could rule diabetes out of the painful foot equation and tackle the problem head on.  Honestly, fear and spending money was stopping me from going.

Turns out, I’m happy to report I cannot blame diabetes for any of my foot pain.  I can blame my pretty feet.  Now, I never thought my feet were pretty…although I never felt like hiding them either.  I have a really high arch, which to me has not been a thing of beauty but a thing of nuisance because flat shoes hurt so I always have to find a shoe with a heel and with arch support. 

I have what podiatrists sometimes call “pretty foot pain”- a funny way of saying that a high arch gives an elegant look to the foot which in turn causes a lot of pressure on the heel and ball of the foot.  The doctor looked at my x-rays and said my feet are basically tripods and it was no wonder I was in pain.  The ligament that runs from the toes to the back of the foot is extremely tight and doesn’t give when poked with a finger and this causes inflammation and pain known as plantar fasciitis.  I found out I had that about a month ago but I didn’t know what to do to make it go away.

Basically I need orthotics and I need to stretch a lot to keep everything loose.  The doc suggested fish oil as an anti-inflammatory and for natural pain relief. 

The orthotics are going to cost me an arm and a leg but they are worth it because you know what?  The more uneven pressure certain areas of my foot gets, the faster nerve damage can eventually occur-and I really want to avoid that!

Why didn’t I just go to the podiatrist a year ago?  I was trying to save a measly buck.  In fact, I spent more because I kept buying shoes to try and help my situation (and kept failing).  I could have already paid for the darn orthotic already!

Don’t be like your procrastinating friend.  Put health issues up at the top of your priority list  You’ll save your body and your money in the long run!

Fabulous pedicure and massage for diabetics!

 

It’s summertime and I don’t know about you but, lately I’ve been looking at my feet thinking they need some TLC.

As diabetics we should be in a foot checking habit of some sort.  I check mine when I bathe.  Yet, I could also benefit from a nightly foot massage.  An endocrinologist once suggested I get in a routine where I check my feet each day and then give them a 5 minute massage to increase blood circulation. 

I’m going to put together a nighttime routine for diabetics and try to follow it for a week or two.  I’ll report soon about how that goes.

In the meantime why not give ourselves this amazing pedicure and massage?  See below :)

First step is to set the mood.  Get some dark chocolate or some nuts or other indulgent but, reasonably healthy snack.  I drink mineral water with lime for some reason, It’s like my “thing”.  Anyway, don’t forget to put on your favorite relaxing music.  Ok now you’re ready!

1.  Wash your feet with soap and water so you begin with a (literally) clean slate.

2.  Remove any old nail polish and cut your nails if needed.  File them if you like.

3.  Use a wooden cuticle stick and some cuticle remover gel and gently push back cuticles.

4.  Soak your feet in warm soapy water or your favorite indulgent bath soak (I like lavender oil dropped into warm soapy water).

5.  Rinse clean and thoroughly dry your feet.

6.  Slather on some really thick foot lotion or moisturizing oil (I would suggest using Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream-it will get you the most amazing results AND smells heavenly!) 

7.  Now, using the stronger parts of your hands like thumbs and palms, massage your feet in gentle but firm circular motions.  Pay attention to how certain areas of the foot respond to your massage.  Certain areas feel better with more pressing or stroking than others for example.  If you really want to get serious check out this link to see a reflexology foot map and see what areas of your foot you may want to focus on while massaging.

8.  Use some nail polish remover on a cotton pad or cotton ball and wipe your toenails so they aren’t greasy-otherwise nail polish won’t hold.

9.  Apply a clear base and then preferably two coats of nail polish and a top coat.  (By the way, I seriously recommend Poshé.  It is a powerful top coat and dries your nail polish in record time.  I promise its worth the money!)

10.  At this point I add another bit of moisturizer and voila! 

Go out and enjoy your gorgeous, pampered, and relieved feet.  Now they look so good you could surely get someone to massage them for you next time ;)