November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so what better time to share what you should be aware of when performing a diabetic self-foot exam? Follow this guideline of what to look for during your daily diabetic foot exam to keep your diabetic feet safe from harm:
Changes in color or temperature – discolored skin or nails, or a feeling of warmth along with swelling and pain, can indicate signs of trouble.
Abrasions of all sizes – a cut or scratch, no matter how small, can lead to dangerous consequences. Look over your feet thoroughly for scrapes, blisters, burns, cuts – anything out of the ordinary.
Wounds that aren’t healing – poor circulation associated with diabetes can inhibit healing. If you notice a wound that doesn’t seem to be going away, it’s imperative to contact us immediately.
Corns, calluses, or warts – these skin growths can cause irritation and are a sign that your feet aren’t totally protected. It’s important to never try to remove such growths yourself so as not to put yourself at an even higher risk of infection.
Dry or itchy patches – excessively dry skin can crack and become infected. Heels are especially susceptible. Itchy patches could be a sign of a fungal infection, especially if found between toes.
Ingrown toenails – a toenail that is digging into the skin is an open door for infection and can lead to major complications.
If you spot any of these problems, prompt treatment is essential to avoid further and more serious issues. Call us right away at (609) 924-8333 to reach our Princeton, NJ office, or (908) 687-5757 to contact our Roselle Park location. We will get you the diabetic foot care you need to maintain a healthy life.