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All it takes is a little peek - at your diabetic feet, that is!


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2/25/2014
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If you have just 60 seconds a day - that's all it takes, just one minute - to inspect your feet.  As a diabetic, due to complications such as lack of blood flow and complications due to diabetic neuropathy, it can mean the difference between lesion-free feet or a prelude to an infection.  You should look at the tops and bottoms of your feet, and between each of your toes.  If you can't see the bottoms of your feet, then you can use a mirror to inspect the bottoms.  Things you want to look out for:

-There should be no areas of redness or irritation on the tops and bottom of your feet and on your toes, especially the tips of the toes

-There should be no scrapes or breaks in the skin

-There should be no signs of corns or calluses, or blister formation

If you do see evidence of any of these occuring in your feet, make an appointment with one of our doctors right away.  In fact when you call the office, make sure you mention that yor are diabetic with an issue with your foot, and after speaking to our medical assistant, you may be urged to come in sooner than later.  The Wall Street Journal recently came out with an article about inspecting your feet - read here about it.  

And remember, it only takes 60 seconds, but can make a difference!

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