The ringing in of the New Year is always a time for resolutions, and many people look for ways to make adjustments to their health. Popular focus areas include the stomach, legs, and arms, often leaving the feet neglected. However, with their rich network of bones, muscles, and blood vessels, the feet and ankles can be the sources of discomfort. In 2017, get in the habit of performing regular foot self-examinations!
What is the best way to examine my feet?
Whenever possible, use your own eyes and hands to look over and feel all of the surfaces of your feet and ankles, making sure to check in between each toe. If you need help accessing a certain part of your foot, ask a friend or family member, or use a handheld mirror.
What should I look for?
· Swelling, especially if you have not noticed it before, it has increased since the last time you checked, or it is only on one foot.
· Redness, as this may be a sign of too much pressure in that area, decreased circulation, infection, or a rash.
· Blisters, which commonly appear when there is friction or a pressure ulcer is in the early stages of formation.
· Cuts, scratches, or bleeding, because these breaks in the skin can become infected.
· Nail problems, as the nails can be prone to fungal infections, and may cut into the surrounding nail bed if they are not trimmed straight across.
Although people of all ages can benefit from self-exams, individuals with poor circulation or neuropathies, like diabetics, should perform them even more frequently. After all, no one knows your feet better than you! If you notice anything out of the ordinary, the doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are here to help. With six offices in the North Houston area, they can provide both surgical and non-surgical solutions for all of the above foot and ankle conditions, in addition to heel pain, bunions, and much more. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (281) 444-4114 with any questions or to request an appointment!