In thriller movies and horror films, it’s what’s happening just out of sight that’s the scariest. When you see a monster or ghost or psycho on screen, you might be frightened, but you know exactly where the danger is and can see it chasing the hero. It’s when the danger is out of sight that you can’t tell how serious it is, or whether or not you’re just about to get caught. Out-of-sight danger is typically more frightening and serious for your health, too, which is why foot self-exams, and knowing how to perform them, are so important for people with neuropathy or circulation problems in their lower limbs.
Foot self-exams are crucial for taking care of your feet when you have diabetes. Diabetes causes a number of serious problems, especially neuropathy, weakened circulation, and a decreased immune response. As a result, complications like ulcers are a very high risk. The most effective way to prevent ulcers and other complications is to inspect your feet every day for small changes that could become problematic later.
It really is easy to check your feet. You simply need to know the best way to examine your feet, and have a basic idea of what to look for. Here are some tips to make the whole process easier for yourself:
Check after Washing – You should wash your feet every day, anyway. Checking after your wash allows you to see things that might be obscured by—or mistaken for—dirt and grime.
Inspect Your Soles – If you aren’t flexible enough to prop your foot up and see your sole, use a hand-held mirror or get help from family to inspect the skin on the bottom of your foot.
Spread Your Toes – Gently pull your toes apart and look between them for problems, too.
Use Your Hands – Run your hands over your whole foot to feel for bumps, sore spots, temperature changes, or anything else you might not be able to see.
The more you invest in your daily foot care, the easier it will be to maintain your overall lower limb health over time. If you do find anything out of the ordinary, or you’re concerned something could deteriorate, don’t hesitate to let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists know. You can reach our Las Vegas offices by calling (702) 839-2010. You can also use our online contact forms.