If you have diabetes, even if it is well managed, you are at increased risk to develop vascular disease. Vascular disease is the buildup of plaque and cholesterol in your arteries throughout your body.
Did you know that PODIATRISTS are often the first physicians to spot signs of vascular disease?
You should inspect your feet daily and make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as you develop any foot pain, redness, or sores.
7 Simple Steps to Conduct Your Daily Foot Exam:
- Check for loss of sensation in the feet, called neuropathy.
- Examine skin for calluses, blisters, sores, excessive dry or cracked skin, or any other unusual conditions, especially between the toes.
- Look for signs of decreased circulation such as thin, fragile, shiny skin with loss of hair.
- Check the feet for extreme temperatures (excessive warmth or coldness).
- Inspect nails for thickening, ingrown corners, excessive length, and fungal infection.
- Inspect socks, tights, and/or pantyhose for blood or any discharge.
- Examine footwear for torn linings, foreign objects like rocks or small pebbles, improper fit, and irritating seams.
We're experts in Diabetic Foot Care. If you our a family member has diabetes, have a podiatrist check your feet at least twice a year for symptoms, such as loss of sensation, burning, or tingling. Be proactive! Prevent diabetic foot complications.
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Remember: If you have trouble reaching your feet to complete your daily foot exam, prop up a mirror on the floor or ask a friend or family member to help.