Posted by: Gerald Samuels | 2012/04/24


Problem with feet

I am a 79 yr old male suffer from diabetes type 2 i have a serious problem with my feet they are very sensitive underneath so much so that i can hardly walk. Please advise/help.

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Diabetes expert

Dear Gerald
The symptoms you describe sound like diabetic associated nerve damage which happens over time as a consequence of high sugar levels, although sometimes there can be other causes which would need to be excluded. The diabetic associated nerve damage can be difficult to treat, but if sugar levels are high, then these need to be brought down. One also needs to have blood pressure treated specifically with what is called an ACE inhibitor, and if one of the fats in the blood called triglycerides is raised, then this needs to be treated with a drug called a fibrate. If after the aforementioned treatments have been instituted and you still have altered sensitivity, and if it is painful, then there are medications which can be tried, but you would need to discuss these with your doctor.

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Posted by: Willie | 2012/04/25

Hi Gerald, I am a 60 Year old Type 1 Diabetic. About 3 years ago I had the same problem, after being treated and admitted to hospital for bloodclots and a long list of tests, they discovered that I had a condition called " Diabetic Foot" . With this condition the bones in your feet disintegrate and your feet have no structure to support your weight. My one foot was then put in a cast for 6 months, but did not get better. I then went to see a specialist in Joburg, who did a couple of operations to rebuild the bones in my foot with wire and screws and stuff. I was then in cast again for 9 months, but have not looked back since. I walk like before, no problems. Hope this helps.

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