The Tinglies

My feet feel weird.

I don’t know how else to say it, and for that reason, I’m not sure what to do about it. And I’m kind of freaked out.

It all started with my “ring toe” on my left foot. (You know, where I wear my wedding band all the time.) A few weeks after I had the Magpie, I noticed it would go numb a few times a day. I blamed it on a few things: exhaustion, pregnancy, tiredness, exhaustion, and not wearing shoes very much (clearly, I was stretching).

Just when I was about to get seriously worried, it went away. All was well with my feet, except that they looked a little like they belonged to komodo dragons.

But now it’s my right foot. On the side, kinda forward from the ankle — it feels like someone glued an extra funny bone to the area where the buckle of my favorite mary janes hits my foot. If I turn my foot a certain way, or twist it a little, or wear a certain pair of shoes, I get this weird nerve-y buzzing tingliness that shoots down the length of my foot to my last two toes. Some days it’s more pronounced than others, but even on the days it’s not there at all, I’m still thinking about it.

Foot issues are the number 1 boogeyman, I think, for most people with diabetes. The threats of blindness and amputation are always there, hiding behind the worst-case-scenario bushes, waiting to jump out and ambush a perfectly good Wednesday afternoon when things might look a little blurrier than usual, or when your right pinky toe starts buzzing in your shoe.

But as much as I’ve heard about taking care of my feet, no one’s really told me what to do if (or when, if you’re a real pessimist) they start to misbehave. Do I call my CDE and waste thirty minutes of her time on something I can only describe as “weird and funny bone-ish?” Do I head to the sketchy Diabetic Foot Wound clinic down the street, and hang out with all the people in wheelchairs in the waiting room? Can I call a normal podiatrist? Should I invest in a thick, sexy pair of diabetic socks? I don’t know.

So far, my main course of treatment has involved poking the afflicted area every 4 to 6 hours to see if it still feels tingly. It does.

After all my worry, it could just turn out that I’m getting older and so are my feet. I mean, if non-diabetic people didn’t have foot issues, too, there wouldn’t be a $927 billion* shoe insert industry in this country, would there?

What say you, diabetic friends of the internet? What’s the first step in foot tingliness investigation? And if it is diabetes-related, then what?

Help a girl — and her feet — out.

If you look very closely, you can see the lightning bolt shooting down the side of my right foot.

If you look very closely, you can see the lightning bolt shooting down the side of my right foot.

*dollar amounts estimated