Daily foot self-exams are a critical component of a healthy lifestyle for those with diabetes. Checking your feet every day will help you identify problems quickly, allowing you the time to seek professional care. This could quite possibly prevent an amputation that could substantially and permanently reduce quality of life.
How to perform a diabetic foot exam:
- While seated in a well-lit room, visually inspect your entire foot, including the soles and between the toes. Use a mirror (or a caregiver) if you need help seeing those hard-to-reach spots. Note anything that looks potentially troublesome—blisters, corns, redness, swelling, scratches, bruises, cracked heels, or other breakdowns.
- Use your hands to feel the tops and bottoms of your feet, checking for bumps or temperature changes. Squeeze your toes gently and check whether color returns in 5 seconds or less.
- Check toes carefully for signs of redness or swelling along a toenail edge, or any discoloration, thickening, or deformation in the nail.
- Keep a written or visual record of your exam so you can compare day-to-day findings.
If you notice new problems emerging or old problems struggling to get better, don’t take any unnecessary risks—set an appointment with diabetic foot and wound care experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona by calling (480) 963-9000.