Foot Temperature to Prevent Ulcers?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2010-12-09 17:27:26 -0600
Started 2008-09-24 04:49:34 -0500

I read a little blurb about a special infared thermometer to measure foot temps. If there is a rise of more than 4 degrees F, they recommend visitng a doctor to check for foot ulcers.
Have any of you hear of this or done this?

13 replies

ram63 2010-12-09 17:27:26 -0600 Report

I've had leg ulcers before, but no foot ulcers. I check them daily to keep from having any problems.

Tj12761 2009-02-13 19:49:34 -0600 Report

When my husband was in the acute phase of Charcot, the center where he was treated always used the infrared thermometers to check the foot temperatures. They checked both feet and several locations (about 10) over both feet.

Sheryl 2009-01-26 22:16:21 -0600 Report

This discussion has died but I did want to update that my sister-in-law was able to save her leg.
Her doctors said they weren't sure if the treatment they decided to do on her would even work. They are thrilled with her progress. The MRSA infection is finally gone also.
It was operated on twice which has left a 3 inch hole in her heel…they expect a full recovery now. Eventually they will do skin graphs with pig skin to cover the hole.
All this because of a blister on her heel.
So please everyone, watch your feet carefully.

GabbyPA 2008-11-14 08:23:32 -0600 Report

Amy posted a great discussion on an interactive website geared toward education of diabetes.

I say this to tell you that on that site you can earn points and one of the things you can get is a foot thermometer. It is not hard to earn enough points at all. I have ordered mine already, and I am also getting a new meter, lancets, extend bars and A1c home test kits. There is a lot, and it is growing so go and check it out.

MilkMan - 19807
MilkMan - 19807 2008-09-28 08:11:00 -0500 Report

I haven't had Foot Ulcers, but I have had Ulcers on my lower legs.
The first time it happened I spent 2 weeks in the hospital taking IV Antibiotics and needed Home health for about a month longer caring for the wound site.
After two more short hospital stays with leg ulcers I have been ulcer free(This was in 2005).

Goddess 2008-09-26 03:51:14 -0500 Report

It depends on the individual and the podiatrist. I have heard it said yes and no.

caspersmama 2008-09-28 06:52:18 -0500 Report

My doctor says no to pedicures, because of the bacteria problems at some shops and because they do not cut your toenails properly.

GabbyPA 2008-09-28 06:58:13 -0500 Report

That is good to know. I have been thinking about getting one for myself. So I guess I will save the $$ and just use my little foot bath with epsome salts.

vgarrison 2008-09-26 02:11:59 -0500 Report

I just really started to check my feet. I do this once before bed…but I never wear shoes in the house, so when I get home and take off my shoes, before I put on my slippers I check my feet. I have always had rough scaly feet. Does anyone on here get a pedicure on a regular basis?? I normally go once a month or so, but I have heard that pedicures can be outlawed. Anyone know about this??

Goddess 2008-09-24 23:38:27 -0500 Report

I have never heard of this. I have had foot ulcers on the very side of my heels. They were a little over the size of a quarter. Thank God I got to them before they got worse.

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