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
- 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
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!