It is important for people living with diabetes to have a yearly foot screen for prevention and management of diabetes related foot disorder. Based on your risk level, you may be seeing your foot care provider from anywhere between 6-8 weeks to every 6 months for foot-care needs.
Do your feet feel numb, painful, pins & needles, and/or tingling?
Does your one foot look different than the other or is your foot changing shape?
Is the bottom of your foot dry, cracked or callused?
Do you have thick, long and discolored nails?
Do you have any open sores, blisters or wounds?
Is the area in-between your toe spaces moist and macerated
A full Medical history will be taken to better understand your health and its effect on your feet
Foot assessments involving clinical vascular, neurological, dermatological and/or musculoskeletal tests will be performed
Footwear assessment and tips will be provided
Primary concern for the visit will be taken care of
Information on prevention of diabetes related foot disorder will be given
Check your feet every day – look for any red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters. Also check in between the toes. If you cannot see the bottom of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help
Maintain proper hygiene – wash your feet daily, keep in between toe spaces dry, keep your nails trimmed
If you are able to reach down to your feet and see properly, trim your nails straight across
Wear shoes and socks at all times – do not walk barefoot. Wear shoes/ sandals are well cushioned and supportive. Check inside of your shoes before wearing them
You should buy shoes at the end of the day as feet tend to swell up by the end of the day
If you have peripheral neuropathy, test water before putting your feet in it. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads or electric blankets. You can accidentally burn your feet
Maintain a good blood flow to your feet- you can put up your feet if sitting for long periods of time.
You should wiggle your toes and move the ankle up and down for 5-7 mins, 3-4 times/day.
You should not cross your legs for long periods of time.
Eat healthy and get involved in some sort of physical activity.
Call Us: 905-822-FEET