Performing a Diabetic Self-Foot Exam

You look in the mirror every single day, to brush your teeth, wash your face, and comb your hair, but your feet, tucked away inside socks and shoes, typically don’t get paid that much attention. When you have diabetes, however, keeping a close eye on your feet daily is vital to keeping serious complications at bay.

Neuropathy, often associated with diabetes, can cause a numb foot to be injured without notice. Poor circulation, another companion of the disease, can inhibit the newly acquired wound from healing. This one-two punch can snowball into ulcerations and infection, and even lead to amputation. Early detection is your best defense, which is why a daily diabetic self-foot exam is as essential as eating breakfast or getting dressed!

Follow these steps to keep diabetic feet safe:

Sit down and rest your ankle across your opposite knee.

Check over your foot thoroughly, looking on the top, bottom, and in between toes. You can use a mirror or ask a loved one for help for hard to see places. Things to look for include,

  • Cuts, scratches, or sores
  • Blisters
  • Dry or cracked skin
  • Corns, calluses, or warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Redness, warmth, or swelling
  • Discoloration of skin or nails

If you spot any of these, or anything else out of the ordinary, promptly make an appointment with Houston Foot Specialists so that steps can be taken as soon as possible to stop a minor problem from becoming a major complication.

For more tips on diabetic foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call (713) 493-7372. You can also contact our Houston, TX office online.

Don’t forget, a diabetic self-foot exam should be part of your every day routine. If you have any questions, just give us a call. We are here to help you keep your feet healthy and problem-free!