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A 37-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens in a diabetic foot exam?

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Dr. Ernest Isaacson
Podiatry 21 years experience
Miracles: Well, maybe not visible ones. The doctor will examine your skin for any cuts, nail problems or growths, evaluate your circulation, test your sensation and muscle strength. He or she will also educate you on proper foot care, the importance of daily foot inspections and well fitting shoes. If you are diabetic and have not been to a podiatrist you should go as soon as you can.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
A few things: A detailed medical history is needed, so expect to be complete in that part of your forms. A good luck at your circulatory and neurologic status of your feet is performed to assess possible peripheral vascular disease and/or neuropathy. Examination for foot deformities that might lead to shoe fit issues and ulceration is done. And care provided for nails, corns and calluses is done.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Several checks.: Your doctor will check your pulses and the blood flow to the tips of your toes. They'll look for open wounds, calluses, or areas of redness that might be a future problem. They'll check your sensation (this is not painful), and your range of motion in the major foot joints. Usually they'll talk to you about daily foot care tips as well.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Foot Examination: The feet are carefully inspected for any signs of current or potential problems. During a foot exam four general categories or areas are evaluated by the examiner (neurologic, orthopedic, dermatologic, and vascular).

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Please help! what happens in a diabetic foot exam?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
A few things: In a diabetic foot examination, the nerves/sensation, foot pulses, and foot structure is evaluated to assess the potential for complications. Depending on your diabetic status, this is performed at the least annually, but might be recommended more often if poor circulation, neuropathy, or a history of prior sores or amputation exists. The goals of the diabetic foot exam is to prevent problems.

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