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My Own Shoes.

These are the shoes I am wearing today.  :)In the past, I have written about Shoes and her ridiculously unneighborly habits.  But I have my own shoes issues I need to fess up to:  I love shoes that are not diabetes-friendly.  (Oh come on, like you don't have a vice?)

Ever since I was a kid, doctors have been preaching on about the importance of good cardiovascular health and how even the smallest blister on my foot could bloom into a raging infection that bears will eventually smell from the woods and come devour my toes ... okay maybe not bears, but that blister would cause more damage to my diabetic body than it would to the toes of my brother or sister.

Unfortunately, I am slow to heed this warning.  As a kid, I wore (gasp) flip flops all summer long.  I tap-danced for over a decade in high-heeled, patent leather nightmares.  And as an adult, I've donned everything from strappy sandals to back-breaking heels, occasionally causing a rub or a blister on my feet. 

It's one of those things I have a hard time grasping.  I realize that my body may be slower to heal than your average Kerri's, but I have a hard time worrying about diabetic foot complications at this stage in the game.  When I go to Joslin, my endocrinologist does the foot-tickly thing with the tuning fork and checks my feet for cuts or abrasions.  So far, I've passed with flying colors.  I exercise regularly to keep my cardiovascular system as top notch as I can.  I regularly inspect my feet for any unsightly bits.  And I swear that I always wear clean, moisture wicking socks when I work out.

But I like fancy shoes.  I like heels and sandals and fun colors and open-toe styles and the occasional wedge.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't heed "the warnings." Even today, knowing full well that these shoes would be a bitch to break in, I'm sporting them at work (at a diabetes company, for crying out loud!) and waiting for the sting. 

It's a hard habit to break.  Maybe it will take just that one pinchy ouch to bring me back to my senses, or maybe I'll continue to have both Wolverine-esque healing powers and fun shoes.  But I can't be the only one who is breaking this cardinal rule of diabetes management ... can I?


No heels here BUT I used to wear flip flops and walk around barefoot.

After a scare a few years back with an infected toe that I thought I was going to say goodbye too (thankfully I still have that piggy) I stick with good shoes.

But I do not blame you and if you check all the time, you should be good to go imho.

I had to laugh- I am at work wearing flip flops reading this post.

I hardly ever wear heels anymore, but I often wear uncomfortable shoes that I have to break my feet into. I regularly inspect for the bad stuff, and always bandage and antibioticize my foot owies when I get them, so it seems like it'll work out. Even my New Balance sneakers give me blisters, so I don't know what I'm supposed to do if I'm already keeping fit!

im heels 24/7 i would sleep with them if mike would let me. The backs of my heels have the scars to prove it!.

You are not alone! But I have gotten beter. I save the fun shoes for "speical" occasions, like going out with the girls, to a nice dinner with the BF or you know, to the movies.

Its hard to give them up!

I wear sandals all summer (and most of the spring and fall too). When I have an endo appointment, I will wear the sandals and change into sneakers before going into the building. He nit picks over open-toed shoes, but he's slow to realize the implications of continuous glucose monitoring...go figure.

i think they are extra careful because most diabetes care is by-the-book. what these endos fail to realize is that someone in good control (like you) is not so much the problem, as are the folks with poor circulation or the folks with peripheral neuropathy in the feet (like me with the latter) it's harder for those who already have some complications to feel cuts and abrasions that can lead to infection, but at the same time... i am no obese and arthritic, so i can pretzel myself and check out my feet daily.

Ooh, nice shoes! My daughter's endo has told her that she shouldn't go barefoot outside, but that at this early stage as long as she is careful, she's OK....I would think that with your being careful and observant, wearing a nice pair of not-too-comfy-but-gorgeous shoes should be OK. ;) A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do...

BTW, I caught a glimpse of you on dLife on Sunday afternoon and said, "Hey, there's Kerri!". Sadly, I was alone in the room at the time. LOL

I am a barefooter...really hard habit to break..sandals all summer long..and the shoes are the first thing to come off the feet when I get home....

Oh yeah, I have a shoe vice, BIG TIME.
Of course, right now I can't wear any of my pretty shoes, thanks to Metatarsalgia - which is not diabetes related, but still hurts like hell!
I'm working on the problem and hope to be back in my cork wedge, peep-toed shoes by August.

Shoe vice here, too!

I'm very careful, and if I get a blister I do get rid of the shoes.

I don't walk barefoot anymore - my hubby insists that I wear something on my feet at all times...even in the house.

Flip-flop-land at the B house, I'll tell ya.

Me too. I still wear flip-flops. And my philosophy on shoes is "If they don't hurt, they aren't pretty enough!"
Twenty-three years in I still have no foot issues. I hope I keep it that way.

Great shoes Kerri!

You are not the only PWD that has a vice. You are not the only Human with a vice either!!

You know the warnings and you Do heed to them. No worries girl. You are healthy and check in on the feet n toes so relax and enjoy the shoes.

Sarah is right btw, the warnings are based on "by-the-book" and those with current complications.

I was laughing at your description of what your Endo does/checks. Same here, to a tee!! The ..."does the foot-tickly thing", lol. I have almost kicked my Endo because of it, oops! I can feel it Doc, I can!

Ah, when I was a kid, "NO going outside without your feet covered!" Flip-flops and sandals were ok. But after or even during a rainstorm in the hot summer months I was seen running around the backyard with my sister....barefoot. Now, from time to time, I indulge, but only if my feet are in good shape.

As of right now, they are, as far as nerves. Unfortunately I have a bad case of "athlete's foot" on my left foot. Bad. Lamisil is working, suggestion from my Physician but No sandals in public unless my pants are very long! Not a pretty site I tell ya.

Oh and I would indulge in the fancy, pointy, uncomfortable Hot lookin' shoes but my toes are too long, ha ha. I was told once they are very "renaissance looking" as are my fingers, a family trait. So I am the "wide front, thick heel" kinda girl or sneakers. Summer, sandals and flip-flops all the way baby!

Oh, I have a terrible problem with shoes. I wear shoes I shouldn't be wearing all the time... 4" heels and 5 1/2 months pregnant. My endocrinologist and mother cringe every time they see me walking around in them. But, I love them and won't ever give them up!

I see shoes as the method that gets me to work every day - the minute I get in the office they come off. I LOVE being barefoot.

I live in Florida for goodness sakes - if I am not at work and I need shoes I am in flip-flops!

Me too, me too, me too. I love pretty shoes. And as I type this, I'm wearing no shoes at all. I have the bad habit of walking around barefoot whenever I'm home. Well, just in the warm weather - when it's cold I walk around the house in (hand-knit) socks. I know I should be more cautious and careful . . . . *sigh*

You are definitely NOT the only one choosing shoes over strict diabetes rules. :) Being on the petite side (i.e. short), I gravitate towards the high, fun shoes myself. I so "get" where you're coming from!

Got ya beat.
Impratical shoes, marathon runner, former dancer. (ballet, not "exotic") But, better than sneaking chocolate bars, right?

higher risk doesn't mean that we will attract those blister-bears, especially when we take better care of our feet than most other people. I'm sure if you you're like me - check often on cuts and scrapes to make sure they're not becoming gangrenous!
All in all, I love the feeling of slightly painful gravel or -gasp!- sharp and pointy rocks underfoot.

Zappos is one of my favorite Web sites to visit. Pink shoes, red shoes, purple shoes, fuchsia shoes, black shoes--and not one of them is flat or "diabetic friendly." All mid to high heels, all cute as heck, all on my feet, all the time. (Except when I wear my lime-green Converse sneakers.)

i never wear heels, because chubby people shouldn't, i forget why. BUT i do wear flipflops all the time. this afternoon i walked something like 45 blocks up and 45 back to pike st market to shop! i love cute shoes....
but my vice is almond roca and pringles. yup. there it is!

no diabetic is perfect! :)

Ha, Kerri, my doc just scolded me for my shiny, platinum colored, pointy toed pumps today. She recommended Bandolinos because of their wide "toe box".

lol, when I had my first visit to the Endo I walked in the office wearing high heeled boots, I like to call the the classy verison of hooker heels. The Endo said, "You can't wear those shoes all the time they will ruin your feet." My first thought was..."Are you out of your mind?" I gave in and now I wear more flat shoes and not a lot of hooker boots...lol

Earlier this year I was (incorrectly) diagnosed with Charcot foot -- and y'all should Google it because it's yet another complication that everybody should be aware of -- because I had some fractures in my foot. The bones healed but are dislocated so now I have to get shoes made to fit my now deformed foot. To be honest, I'm glad I went barefoot for most of my diabetic life and wore sneakers and Mary Janes and loafers and all my other cute shoes since now I won't be able to anymore.

We've had this conversation. I have unabashed cuteshoeofilia... And I believe it is why I am blessedly foot-complication free... OK - maybe not... But a girl can dream, right?

You are definitely not alone. I own some where near 50 pairs of shoes (gasp)! At least 10 pairs are flip flops and way over 10 pairs are ridiculous heels that my diabetic feet have no business wearing. I also do the bare foot thing a lot. I like being "bad"!

I'm on the other side of the coin... I was born with orthopaedic problems and grew up in ugly orthopaedic shoes. My orthopaedist said that the longer I did that, the better I would be able to wear "any shoe I wanted" as an adult. HAH! I cannot for the life of me stand in a heel over 3" or walk more than three steps in one over 2". I need a wide toe with a high toe box for my feet to be comfortable, and most of the time I need oxfords that lace all the way up the instep in order to have sufficient support to walk in comfortably. OTOH, both my parents were often barefoot in the house, and that's my preferred style... except, that because the docs reacted to my bad reaction to diuretics by giving me stronger diuretics, I now have to wear compression hose any time I'm on my feet (or else my calves will be seriously painful). I will, however, walk around the house in stocking feet...

So I don't claim to wear pumps and for the most part I take care of my feet. But I do sometimes walk around in my bare feet, despite the no-no on this. And I frequently wear boat shoes without socks.

Soles of my feet are still so sensitive that a teensy pebble in my shoe will drive me NUTS.

Sometimes you just have to live a little.

O.k. Am I getting wrong information? My daughter is 3 years old and I asked her endo if she should wear good shoes and no flips, no bare feet. He said that she could wear flip flops and go barefoot that it isn't a problem right now. Maybe later on down the road but he said right now let her be a kid.

I have to confess I love flip flops and going barefoot. I have not had any problems yet and (this is worse I know) I even get pedicures...all with no incident so far. Perhaps I am pressing my luck but for now, I am still enjoying these little things.

I've never been into heels (they hurt my back), but I rarely wear shoes indoors. It's either barefoot or socks. I think we have to decide what level of risk we're comfortable with.

Speaking of foot exams, does anyone else feel like their feet are always dirty for the exam? I'm always careful to wash up the night before, but my shoes or socks always leave me with bits of stuff stuck to my feet.

well I think you've stirred up a open toed debate here - so many responses!

FWIW, our dr says that for kids now, no special foot care is necessary. Ian goes barefoot, sandal foot, sneaker footed, and if some day he wants to wear pink pumps, well that's ok with me. LOL.

I think you are safe to indulge your fetish.

I have steroid induced diabetes and peripheral neuropathy (it's Critical Care neuropathy as a result of an ICU admission, NOT as a diabetes complication, my diabetes is too new and too well controlled to cause complications right now, thank goodness). I've been advised by my endocrinologist to wear flats, never go barefoot and keep a close eye on my feet.

I don't wear heels, because my balance is affected so I can't walk in them, but I do go barefoot all the time at home, I'm afraid, even in the garden.

To make it worse, I'm a doctor, so I really should know better.

I figure because my circulation to my feet is not at all affected, and my sugars are usually in range, my healing should not really be worse than anyone elses, so as long as I keep a close eye and make sure I pick up any blisters or cuts quickly, I don't think it's a problem.

Hey all. Just wanted to offer an opinion, as a medical professional, and an old friend of Kerri's, although I'm not a PWD.
Although it's not unheard of for a young PWD to develop foot issues, the gory and dangerous foot complications of diabetes usually don't rear their head until after age 40. So, while an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, most younger PWD don't have to worry about shoe selection, as long as you do routinely inspect your skin (especially the bottom of the feet and tips of the toes) and strive to maintain normal blood glucose levels. Just be willing to give up the high-heels and barefootedness when you get older. It really does become very important after age 40, not only for PWD, but in the prevention of low back pain, too.

You're definitely not the only one... I'm a barefoot gal in summer. I wear sloppy slippers in winter.
I pay almost no attention to the warnings about feet, because I pay very good attention to my numbers and my feet are fine.
This may not last, of course, but if my feet are perfectly happy, my BGs are in a great range, and I'm keeping an eye on things... surely that's all that matters?! Even if that isn't all true, at least I know it's a risk worth taking for me. Sure I appreciate my feet but I can't stand having to wear shoes all the time - especially on the beach, blurgh!

I too, searched "Charcot" on Google, and have been diagnosed with it. It is a progressive degeneration of bones in foot that is not reversible. The best you can do is stop the rate of progression. I understand that Charcot occurs in a small percentage of Type I diabetics, and I happen to be one. However I think everyone should be aware of it because it results in a permanent deformity. I took good care of my feet and my circulation was good, but I had put some considerable stress on my foot in the last year which probably triggered the Charcot - Read up on it - it doesn't take much stress. Anyway, all I can do now is wear Diabetic shoes for a year while the disarayed bone fragments fuse together and try to avoid further fragmentation. This is a recent diagnosis for me.
I will probably always have to wear special made inserts and buy larger size retail-store shoes to accomodate the inserts. Perhaps in the future I can wear some shoes with a little more style than the diabetic shoes, but nothing like the styles I used to be able to choose from.

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