Look for red flags while inspecting your feet

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If you have diabetes, we tell you all the time to inspect your feet daily. What does this mean? Are there things that should catch your attention? At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, we’ve got answers, and we’re hoping you can create a checklist for your daily foot inspection. Prevention is always the first step in avoiding issues. 

Here are a few things to spot and treat during your daily check. The full list is here. 

Swelling and Redness

  • If you’ve noticed swelling that wasn’t there days prior, take notice — particularly if one foot is more swollen than the other. Swelling could be a result of circulation issues or infection.

  • Red means “stop.” If your feet or toes are red, you may be in the early stages of an ingrown toenail or an infected toenail.

Blisters

  • Blisters form in moist areas that encounter friction. These round pockets are filled with fluid and can become an infected wound if left untreated.

  • Keep an eye out for blisters on the bottom of your feet or in between toes.

  • If you think you have a blister, do not attempt to pop or drain the blister at home.  

Cuts or scratches

  • If you notice a cut or a scratch, begin proper treatment immediately by cleaning the area to prevent infection. Avoid bandages that are too tight on the skin.

  • For patients with diabetes, the chances for a diabetic ulcer increase with delayed treatment. If you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, it is very important to catch cuts or scratches in an early stage. 

Don’t ignore the red flags. If you need a second opinion, let us take a look. We’re here to answer your questions and provide treatment if necessary. To our neighbors in the North Houston area, contact us at one of the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. We are a board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114.