We always stress how important it is for people with diabetes to check their feet on a regular basis so that any changes and or problems can be identified early and complications avoided. A regular diabetic footcare check up is as important as an annual MOT on your car!
It is important to check the feet by looking at them as feeling in the feet may be diminished or lost (neuropathy). Consequently, you may not be aware if there is a problem.
When checking your feet, you should examine the whole foot; the sole, including the heel, in between the toes and the nails.
Often, I get asked “What should I be looking for?”
Check often and be particularly vigilant looking for:
- corns and calluses;
- broken skin e.g. cuts, blisters, ulcers and fissures or cracks in the skin;
- signs of infection such as inflammation (redness, swelling, presence of sepsis and heat) surrounding a break in the skin;
- foreign bodies;
- changes in shape;
- skin that looks discoloured.
It is also helpful to check shoes and slippers for foreign bodies, rough stitching and split linings.
If a problem is detected, do not delay, seek early treatment to prevent avoidable complications. Book today with Kenilworth Footcare by calling the clinic on 01926 563555 or Book Online.