If you have diabetes, you probably check your blood sugar at least daily to be sure you’re on track. Well, did you know you should also be checking your feet? Here’s why.
Diabetes can affect blood flow to the feet so even a small cut or sore takes longer to heal than it would for someone without diabetes. Having continuous high blood sugar levels also contributes to the loss of sensation or feeling in your feet. Sometimes you might not even notice you have a small sore or cut, allowing it to worsen before you can address it. Diabetes also dries the skin and makes it prone to cracking and splitting. If foot issues are left untreated they can ultimately result in an amputation. As many as about 65,000 amputations happen every year in the U.S. due to diabetes-related foot problems.
This is why it's very important to check your feet carefully each day. Keep your skin clean and moisturized, avoid injuries, and protect your feet to prevent small cuts, corns, calluses, blisters, or injuries.
Daily Foot Inspection Checklist
- Set a specific time each day to do this check. Use good light so you can spot any problems.
- If you have a hard time leaning over or seeing your foot, ask someone to help you.
- Look at your feet, toes, and heels for any cuts, sores, bruises, calluses, blisters, scrapes, scratches, or skin color changes.
- Check between your toes for cuts or fungus that might cause athlete’s foot.
- Look at your toenails to spot any changes.
- Watch for dry, cracking skin on your feet, toes, or heels.
For more information, check out this video to learn more about diabetes and foot issues.