Diabetic foot exams are so important! These exams are used to determine how your feet are being affected by diabetes. Your doctor checks your feet for blood flow, loss of feeling, as well as, any skins, nail or color changes. If these seems to be any problems developing, your doctor can handle them immediately to prevent further issues or complications.
You should be seen by your podiatrist regularly. The main goal in visiting is to PREVENT any problems before it becomes a major problem. You should be seen at least annually and more often as recommended by your doctor.
What Happens During a Diabetic Foot Check:
First, your doctor will do a physical exam. Your doctor will check for any changes in your skin color or feeling. They will check your foots bone structure. They will check the health of your toenails. Your doctor will ask questions about any changes you have experienced.
Your doctor will want to know if you have experienced any changes in the way your feet feel, whether you are experiencing any loss of feeling, feel like your feet are burning or tingling. They will check your stability and determine if you are at risk for falling.
Neurological Diabetic Foot Check:
Monofilament test: Your doctor will use a tool to check any numbness in your feet.
Ankle reflexes: Your doctor will check your ankle reflexes by tapping your ankles slightly.
Vibration testing: This is another method to check feeling in your feet. Your doctor will check your responses to light vibrations in your feet.
Pinprick tests: A tiny pin is used to prick the feet. This is usually completely painless.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, you need to have your feet checked regularly. Diabetes can lead to a number of serious problems including ulcers, infections and amputations. The easiest way to prevent foot complications is to see your doctor regularly.