Even if you haven't really suffered from any diabetic complications,it is advised to check your feet on a weekly basis to detect on a weekly basis to detect any diabetes related symptoms of feet problems. Any loss of sensation or wounds should be taken care of.
foot inspection is not only significant to prevent development of diabetes caused wounds,but will guide you to schedule a follow up programme with your doctor in case your protruding belly is making it difficult for you to have a comprehensive examination of your feet,you may ask your caretaker to ( nurse or podiatrist )to volunteer.
STEP 1. Position to diagnose your feet.
Clean and dry your feet before you start checking it. Sit on a chair hanging mid air .Lift one of your leg and place the calf on the knee of other leg.This way you can easily check your feet.Repeat the procedure on the other leg as well
STEP 2.Examine the bottom of your feet
Make sure the sole of the foot is visible to you . incase you cannot comfortably see your ankle use a mirror so that you can check its reflection.Here are the parts of your foot that have to be diagnosed for diabetic neuropathy or wounds on your feet.
Balls: Check for bumps,calluses,(corns) and irregular textures .Due to the high pressure extended on the feet balls while you walk,they become vulnerable o wounds,thus checking them time to time is a must.
SolesSole of a diabetic feet should be diagnosed for lumps, ulcers, and bumps on the skin.these can be indicative of injured nerves /muscles due ti soaring blood sugar level.
Heels Despite your constant moisturizing your feet if your feet are persistently hard and cracked it is advisable to bring it to your doctors notice. Fissures in the heels are infected,thus it is best to treat your skin the earliest
Between the Toes.The area between your toes is a warm and moist place,thus a favorable spot for bacteria to multiply it is best to check the area between the toes for small ulcers,bumps, or irregular texture of the skin.
STEP 3.Examine the top of your feet
If you find any sores,open wounds,bruises or calluses on the top of your feet,you should consult your doctor to learn the reason of the problem and also to get treatment as soon as possible.
You should also check your feet for possible signs of reduced blood flow.Some of its signs are temperature variation in the part of your feet,apparent changes in the skin of the feet or unexpected hairlessness.