Step by step! That's the way I have to look at things for the remainder of days that God grants me on this earth. I do look forward to heaven where there is no more pain, tears, sin and...diabetes! I was diagnosed with diabetes back in November 2011. It was discovered from a blister on my foot that wouldn't heal after a Wounded Warrior hunt in south Texas. 5 surgeries, 20 something skin grafts and 7 months later, I'm still on a walker. Hopefully, this is near the end. I have learned valuable foot care lessons thru this and wanted to share a few tips with you...diabetic or not, that will not only save you from blisters and discomfort, but make your hunting/hiking more pleasurable.
*Moleskin-synthetic moleskin is available at your nearest pharmacy or discount store. Take a couple of minutes before heading out for the morning hunt to place moleskin over pressure points on your feet. Points where bone and skin are scarcely separated by flesh.
*Good orthotics or insoles. Many times the insoles that arrive in our nice new boots or shoes don't hold up to the rigors of a week long hunt.
*Dry socks-Keep an extra pair in your vest or pack. Change at lunch. Even on a cold day, your feet will sweat when hunting or hiking.
*Lotion-Yeah I know...the guys in camp might give you heck about lotioning your feet well every day, but when your enjoying supper with no foot pain and they are crippling around like wounded centipedes, they might rethink it!
JUNE 7, 2012