Diabetic Foot Exams

Dollarphotoclub_87539511It is very important to take good care of your feet, even more so if you are a diabetic. You may think of diabetes as a blood sugar problem, which it is, but the
nerve and blood vessel damage that is caused by diabetes can also become a problem for your feet. You may develop neuropathy and lose feeling in your feet and/or hands. Your body’s ability to heal wounds may also be decreased and it can be easier to get an infection if not treated quickly and correctly.

“Over time, diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. When you lose feeling in your feet, you may not feel a pebble inside your sock or a blister on your foot, which can lead to cuts and sores. Diabetes also can lower the amount of blood flow in your feet. Numbness and less blood flow in the feet can lead to foot problems.”

It is very easy and only takes a couple of minutes to exam your feet daily. It is recommended that you check your feet each night when you take your shoes off and a couple times during the day if you are doing a lot of walking. Click below are a few easy steps that should be followed each exam to ensure that your feet remain healthy and if you do notice a wound or any concern then call Dr. Hollander immediately at 707-578-1222 for a foot evaluation and to begin treatment if necessary.

http://ndep.nih.gov/publications/publicationdetail.aspx?pubid=67

Jessica, P.M.A.