Imagine having to take the most important exam of your life. This exam could affect your entire future. There will be no books, no need to study, no need to bring your #2 pencil. It's just you and your own two feet. Don't sweat it, the only study guide you'll need for daily diabetic foot care is right here. Stay a step ahead of diabetes and foot related complications with self-examinations.
Depending on the condition of your feet, you'll need to check your feet at different intervals. If you've never experienced a complication, perform weekly examinations. On the other hand, if your nerves have been damaged due to neuropathy, daily foot exams should be implemented into your routine.
Conducting a beneficial foot exam is easy. After cleansing your feet, relax on a chair, bed, or footstool. Lift one foot over the opposite knee and pat it dry with a soft bath towel; don't forget to gently dry between the toes. Scan the bottom of your foot for bumps, lumps, and irregularities. Check for dry, rough, and cracked areas. If you've developed a small crack or fissure, it could easily become infected or develop into dangerous foot ulcers. If you can't see the bottom of your feet, you may need a mirror, or have a loved one check for you. Don't forget to check your toes and toenails. Check for discoloration or flaking.
Feel for areas of temperature change. If an area feels warm, it could be a sign of infection. Look carefully for signs of decreased blood flow, such as: hairlessness, temperature variation, or areas of skin that appear shiny or thin. You can test for blood flow by gently squeezing the tips of your toes. Normal color should return within five seconds. Discolored toes indicate poor circulation.
Keep a record of the results. Take notes of sores, calluses, cracks, unusual temperatures—essentially anything out of the ordinary. If you've noticed an open sore that isn't healing properly, contact Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV right away! We can be reached at (775) 783- 8037. Don’t let a small problem turn into a serious complication.