Diabetic Foot Inspection

Having diabetes does not necessarily mean that you will develop foot problems. Careful daily inspection of your own feet can prevent several diabetic foot problems. Please pay attention to the following advice:

1. If you have problems seeing the bottom of your feet then you can purchase a mirror with a long handle at a surgical supply store.
2.Check the top of your toes and the back of your heel for rubbing or blisters from improper fitting shoes.
3. Check the bottom of your feet for blisters or red irritation of your skin from friction.
4. Check between your toes for athletes foot or cracked skin.
5. Check the inside of your shoes for objects such as pebbles, loose stitching or moisture.
You will need to see your podiatrist if you notice any open sores, red warm tender skin or drainage. These are signs of a potential infection. Cracks in the skin can lead to fungus and bacteria infections. Ingrown and fungus nails as well as loss of feeling or swelling and cold feet. are all problems that need the immediate advice of a foot specialist.

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