Calendars tend to fill up quick in the summertime – a picnic here, a wedding there, graduation parties and gardening club meetings, not to mention all your day-to-day activities. However, if you have diabetes, what should always be at the top of your to-do list is a daily self-foot exam! Sure, getting that fertilizer down and cleaning those windows might give you a sense of accomplishment, but checking diabetic feet for problems might give you a heads up about serious problems that may be brewing!
If it goes unnoticed, even a small scratch can turn into a dangerous ulcer without proper attention. Nerve damage can result in injuries without your knowledge, and your compromised immune system means infection won’t be far behind – stop the snowball before it gets rolling! Every day, exam your feet for anything out of the ordinary and if you spot anything, contact us for help right away.
Look over each foot thoroughly for signs of the following:
- Scrapes, scratches, cuts, or cracks
- Corns, calluses, or blisters
- Redness or swelling
- Ingrown or fungal toenails
- Changes in color or temperature
Check the tops and bottoms and between toes, and if there are any hard to see places, use a hand mirror or enlist a loved one to help you out. Make a point of incorporating a self-foot exam into your routine every day, and stick to the schedule – after a bath or right before bed, for instance – so you never forget.
Re-doing the deck can wait – diabetic problems with your feet can not! Call us if you have questions or need us for any reason. You can reach our Bloomington, IL office by dialing (309) 661-9975. We want to help keep your feet safe so you can have a fun-filled, problem-free summer!