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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Shirley Saunders, Community Member, asks

Q: What will cause toes to spread wide apart?

I have painful spasms in my legs and then my toes will spread wide apart. Feels like they are being pulled in different directions from my foot. I scream in pain. I have type 2 diabetes but have always kept it in control. My A1C runs 5.4- 5.7. I have never had to take insulin or any medication for the diabeties. The calf in my right leg gets hard as a rock and feels like it is being pulled from my body. Very very painful.

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Shaedae, Community Member
6/20/09 2:09pm

Something similar to this has been happening to me since long before I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  I read this tip somewhere 20+ years ago.  The minute your calf begins to spasm, grab your toes with you fingers behind them and pull them upwards, towards you. It stops mine every single time.  I don't know if my toes spread as I have never had to let it get that bad.

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Curtis, Community Member
4/ 7/09 11:07pm

You are experiencing nerve damage. You may have normal blood sugars now, but the nerve damage has already taken place. First, you need to make sure you have enough food, second you need exercise. Your neurons are damaged, and only adequate food and exercise will restore that nerve damage. This will require a huge commitment of time, energy and daily routine. You need to start on something like an eliptical machine and build up until you are exercising about 2 hours three times per week, and 90 minutes two times per week. If your blood sugars rise because you are now eating adequate food, you will need a short acting insulin like lispro, peaking in two hours. You have not accomplished a thing by starving yourself just so you don't have to take insulin.

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By Shirley Saunders, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/19/12, First Published: 07/22/08