I’ve had foot and ankle issues on and off for most of my life. They are very annoying but my GP basically just refers me to a podiatrist whenever I complain about it. Usually that just results in new orthotics, new x-rays, another round of physio, and I’m on my way for another few years till I can barely walk again…
Anyway, I saw a new podiatrist today and, as usual, he was amazed at the state of my feet after 27 years of diabetes. He said my skin was great, sensation was great, everything was great. Surprisingly, he stuck a vibration device on my foot and, after asking if I could feel it, said to tell him when it stopped. I did so, and was surprised when he told me that it was “delayed” which was abnormal. But he was like, “But that’s totally normal for diabetics…normally abnormal.”
Well, I didn’t ask any questions, but I did tell him that sometimes when walking or standing I get a burning sensation on the bottoms of my feet that at times is quite uncomfortable. His response was, “We’ll see if the new orthotics help. If it’s a mechanical problem, they should help. If it’s from neuropathy, then it won’t help.”
I left the appointment wondering what was up with his comment. Was I just diagnosed with my first diabetes complication? How do people even get diagnosed with neuropathy when doctors (even my GP!) just sort of act like it’s totally normal once you’ve had diabetes for a couple decades.
Does anyone here have neauropathy and, if so, are you actually formally diagnosed, or just sort of informed casually like I apparently was today?