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COMPREHENSIVE DIABETIC FOOT EXAM

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Dr. Clements is trained in Forefoot surgery and General Podiatric Medicine. She has lectured internationally on the subject of the diabetic foot care and amputation prevention.

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Your Guide to a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam at Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center

Living with diabetes means taking extra care of your feet. Due to the high risk of foot-related complications associated with diabetes, such as neuropathy (nerve damage) and peripheral artery disease (poor circulation), a comprehensive diabetic foot exam is essential. At Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center, our specialized diabetic foot exams are designed to detect early signs of foot problems, preventing complications and maintaining optimal foot health.

Understanding the Importance of a Diabetic Foot Exam

A diabetic foot exam is crucial for:

  • Early detection of neuropathy, which can lead to loss of feeling in your feet.
  • Identifying changes in foot structure and skin, including dryness, calluses, and ulcers.
  • Monitoring for signs of poor circulation and infection, which diabetes patients are particularly prone to.
  • Creating a baseline for future exams to detect changes over time.

What to Expect During Your Diabetic Foot Exam

  • Visual Inspection: Your foot specialist will inspect your feet for any skin changes, ulcers, calluses, or infections. We also look for structural abnormalities that could affect your gait and lead to complications.
  • Sensation Test: Using a monofilament wire, we’ll check your feet for loss of sensation. This simple test can detect neuropathy before it becomes severe.
  • Pulse Check: By feeling the pulses in your feet, we can assess the blood flow and detect signs of peripheral artery disease.
  • Reflex Testing: Reflexes in your feet and ankles are checked to assess the health of the nerves.
  • Pressure Points Evaluation: Identifying high-pressure areas on your feet helps in preventing ulcers by recommending appropriate footwear or orthotics.
  • Comprehensive Discussion and Care Plan: After the exam, we’ll discuss the findings and recommend a personalized care plan. This may include foot care education, footwear recommendations, and follow-up schedules.

Maintaining Healthy Feet with Diabetes

  • Regular Inspections: Check your feet daily for any cuts, blisters, redness, or swelling.
  • Proper Footwear: Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes to reduce the risk of foot injuries.
  • Keep Feet Clean and Moisturized: Wash your feet daily and apply moisturizer to prevent dry skin and cracks.
  • Avoid Going Barefoot: Even at home, wearing shoes can protect your feet from injuries.
  • Control Blood Sugar Levels: Managing your diabetes effectively is key to preventing foot complications.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I have a diabetic foot exam?

A: At least once a year, or more frequently if you have a history of foot problems or your doctor recommends it.

Q: How often should I have a diabetic foot exam?

A: At least once a year, or more frequently if you have a history of foot problems or your doctor recommends it.

Q: Can diabetic foot problems be prevented?

A: Many diabetic foot complications can be prevented with regular care and monitoring, appropriate footwear, and managing your diabetes.

Q: Can diabetic foot problems be prevented?

A: Many diabetic foot complications can be prevented with regular care and monitoring, appropriate footwear, and managing your diabetes.

Q: Why choose Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center for my diabetic foot care?

A: Our specialists are experienced in diabetic foot care, offering comprehensive exams, personalized care plans, and the latest treatments to keep your feet healthy.

Q: Why choose Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center for my diabetic foot care?

A: Our specialists are experienced in diabetic foot care, offering comprehensive exams, personalized care plans, and the latest treatments to keep your feet healthy.

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Take the first step towards pain-free living by scheduling an appointment with Flat Shoals Foot And Ankle Center. Contact us today to book your appointment and embark on your journey to optimal foot and ankle health.

 

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