I am diabetic. How often should I check my feet?

Every day. People with diabetes are often at increased risk for developing foot problems, and this is certainly true if they have poor circulation, nerve damage or neuropathy, or conditions such as corns/calluses, bunions, hammertoes, and other foot deformities. We tell every patient with diabetes that he/she must carefully inspect his/her feet every single day. This includes the top and bottom of the feet, and the areas between the toes. It’s important to look for any open wounds or sores, cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, drainage, and warmth. If any of these occur, it’s important to call us right away (586-298-1585), as these could indicate that an infection or ulceration has developed. If not properly treated, foot/leg ulcers or infection could result in serious problems such as amputation, which can often be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment.