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.
A Step Ahead with Self-Examinations of your Feet
Check your feet regularly. If you've never experienced a complication, perform weekly exams. If your nerves have been damaged due to neuropathy, daily foot exams should be part of your routine.
Conducting a 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; gently dry between the toes. Scan the bottom of your foot for bumps, lumps, and irregularities. If you can't see the bottom of your feet, you may need a mirror, or have a loved one check for you.
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. 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 your results. Take notes of sores, calluses, cracks, unusual temperatures—essentially anything out of the ordinary.
If you notice an open sore or wounds that are not healing properly, contact Sierra Foot & Ankle at (775) 783- 8037. Don’t let a small problem turn into a serious complication.