An annual foot check should be taken seriously, especially for those diagnosed with diabetes. This is done to identify if there are any high-risk foot conditions. Diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor circulation, leading to foot ulcers, infections, and even amputation.
What usually happens when you get your foot check
It is usually done in your doctor’s office as part of your yearly diabetes checkup.
You must remove all dressings and footwear, including socks and tights. Next, your feet will be inspected. A unique piece of equipment will be used to test for numbness or changes in feeling (also known as neuropathy). They will also check your shoes to ensure they are not creating any difficulties.
You will also be asked about your feet and how you manage your diabetes, questions should include:
- Have you had any issues or observed any changes, such as wounds, blisters, broken skin, or corns?
- Have you ever suffered foot issues or wounds?
- Have you experienced any pain or discomfort?
- How frequently do you examine your feet?
- Do you get any cramping when walking?
- How effectively do you control your diabetes?
These are the assessment that is included in your foot check
- Protective sensation
- Foot structure and Biomechanics
- Vascular status
- Skin integrity
Understand your risk of having a foot condition
Your healthcare team will inform you of your results and the extent to which you are at risk of foot disease. These are some examples:
- Low – no danger or a callus with no additional issues.
- Moderate – one symptom indicating a foot condition, such as numbness or a change in foot form.
- High – several signs of foot disease, including a prior ulcer or amputation.
Your healthcare expert may also inform you that your level of foot trouble is active. This suggests you have severe foot issues, such as a spreading infection or ulcer, and you should be receiving treatment for them right now.
You’ll be given information that describes your risk level and is told what you need to do next. For example, if you have moderate or high arches, you will be directed to the foot protection team, where a foot expert will see you.
A podiatrist, doctor, or nurse can do an annual foot check.
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