At-Home Inspection is Essential
Inspecting your feet on a daily basis is critical. Given the importance of catching problems early—and then seeking care as soon as possible—a daily foot inspection needs to be part of your greater diabetic foot care plan.
The best practice for this is to inspect your feet carefully and thoroughly every single day. To help create a routine, you should do this at the same time. For many individuals living with diabetes, a daily inspection while getting ready for bed works quite well. If you are unable to see the bottoms of your feet, either use a long-handled mirror or ask a loved one to help. In the event any cuts, scrapes, blisters, swelling, or other skin and nail issues are present, contact Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lockwood.
If you become aware of any signs of infection—redness, fever, etc.—you need immediate medical attention.
Reducing Your Risk of Diabetic Wounds
Perhaps the most vital component of diabetic care is to manage the disease. Monitor your blood glucose levels and keep them in a normal range. Remember, excess sugar is like poison to your body systems when you are diabetic.
In addition to glucose monitoring and control, you simply must protect your feet. You can learn more about this by visiting our webpage on diabetic