Sunday, January 17, 2010

More Xeloda Toe

Last night I applied lots of lotion on my two big toes, wrapped both with gauze and off to bed I went. This morning to my surprise, I woke to find the other big toe cracked. Now I have a matching pair....sweeeet. I’m a bit shocked because I thought I was doing the right things to prevent dryness and therefore the cracking of the skin. Well I think it’s all a bit more complicated than that. Yesterday when I looked at the bottom of my good big toe, I noticed that a top layer of skin had wore off, the cracked area was shiny but it certainly didn’t show signs of cracking by no means. So I’m not exactly sure why it cracked during the night...maybe... it’s the chaffing of the bed sheets combined with the weight of the blankets... I don’t know.

My first reaction was to jump on the web to see what others have said about their Xeloda Toe. Tho I found a few suggestions, none sounded real promising as they were more like helpful hints as opposed to solutions. So this is what I’m gonna do... lotion and socks to bed, not walking around barefooted, wearing leather sole shoes in the house and continue keeping my feet clean.

I just wanted to mention that even though it might look painful; these cracks don’t cause me any. Neuropathy is the reason why I really don’t feel much at all on the bottoms of my feet.


So this afternoon I’m off on a mission... to shop for some diabetic socks for bed and some comfortable shoes for around the house.

5 comments:

Deb said...

Ooohhh...that sure does look painful but I'm glad that you are not feeling any pain with it. As you say, it's a combination of treatment, cold weather, not wearing footwear in the house (as I always do which is not good)....I posted a suggestion from last wk's webinar about using any cream with "urea"..not sure if you've read it, but just in case you didn't, it is yet another suggestion coming your way.
Hope it clears real soon..hang in there!
Deb

Joanie M said...

Look for a brand called MediPeds. John wears them all the time. He likes them because they aren't tight on his legs. He found them at Walmart and Kmart and probably Target.

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Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Looks painful but as you said, it isn't. You really have to watch for infections, especially since you aren't feeling pain. Red streaks, pus,...call the doctor. Maybe use Neosporin to kill off anything that might be there.

Deb said...

I did what you did yet still my toe soreness and splitting persists, skin coming off in layers until it cracks through no matter what we use or wear. I thought maybe I have a fungus or skin virus but years ago when we attempted to move north from Florida the same thing happened up here in the dry winter weather...going home to Florida and living there it went away. Matter of fact any skin and joint problem I had went away only to return NOW that we are into our 2nd winter up here. Ugh my toes are soooo sore! I also have one of those on my elbow!??? Diabeties? (sp)
hjugssss, deb