We know that one in four people with diabetes will develop foot complications. These complications can be serious and can limit you and what you want to do with your life the Joslin clinical guidelines recommend that you have a thorough foot exam by your physician at least once a year one of the things that can cause foot problems in people with diabetes they result from two major problems. The first is neuropathy. diabetes can affect the nerves over time and as the nerves are affected you may lose the sensation in your feet.
This may not cause you any discomfort, your feet may feel fine, but not being able to sense problems in your feet puts them at risk. A second problem is circulation diabetes can affect circulation in the head in the heart but also affects circulation in your feet. With the circulation decreased, any problem that occurs in your feet will resolve more slowly infections heal more slowly and you are prone to more complications. this combination of neuropathy and circulation problems are why your physician needs to carefully examine you feet at least once a year.
When he or she examines your foot they’re going to look at three different things they’ll visually inspect your foot to see if there’s any deformities, they’ll look carefully the skin to see if there’s any cuts, any sore spots, any lesions that should need attention between your toes as well as the top of the bottom of your feet the physician will also take a look at your circulation by feeling for pulses at certain spots in your feet where we know the the pulses should be strong and last, they’ll check for signs of neuropathy.
Diabetes Foot Exam
By using either tuning fork or something called a ten gram fiber small wis you should be able to sense and if you can’t it means you’re especially high risk for problems with your diabetes smoking is obviously a problem for anyone’s health if you have diabetes smoking is especially damaging so he can affect the circulation in particular the circulation to your feet we know that the majority of our patients with diabetes who have foot problems have had smoking in their past so what can you do to keep your feet healthy.