How often Should Anyone Check Feet Or Legs???

By Beverlydolls Latest Reply 2011-03-09 03:46:32 -0600
Started 2011-03-02 00:10:22 -0600

How often Should Anyone Check Feet Or Legs???? I been checking seem like all the time… I would like to know what do u all do??? Thanks for reading and replies backs… love hearing everyones ideas…

47 replies

jayabee52 2011-03-08 21:09:57 -0600 Report

Here's an article just posted today in the News Articles section here on DC about what can happen if you don't check your feet regularly:

Beverlydolls 2011-03-08 21:55:01 -0600 Report

i saw the title of it and i couldnt watch it… just the thoughts about it make my feet hurt anyways… lol

jayabee52 2011-03-09 03:34:16 -0600 Report

I just tried it and the video worked fine for me. You know you need to click the link to take you where the video is on Diabetes News hound.

WendyFR 2011-03-08 21:04:16 -0600 Report

pretty much what everyone is saying, checking it anytime throughout the day, especially if they are aching or if I'm just taking off my shoes and socks.

GabbyPA 2011-03-04 05:52:22 -0600 Report

I check my feet every day. Usually as I am getting dressed or after my shower. I give them a good once over with my eyes and my hands to see if there are tender spots. I often give them a second check at night, but I will be honest and admit that one gets skipped when I am really tired.

I also have a very neat device that checks the temperature of my feet. This is to help prevent or alert me to possible foot issues that are happening under my skin that I can't see. I earned this thermometer from and had it sent to me for free. I love it.

Beverlydolls 2011-03-04 05:58:08 -0600 Report

Gabby.. Thanks so much for your reply.. I had to check that out!! I would love to get one… Thanks again…

GabbyPA 2011-03-07 21:50:06 -0600 Report

I really like mine and don't understand why more doctor offices don't use them. My doctor was kind of freaked out when I brought it in one time to show him. He doesn't think it really tells me anything. I used it on my husbands fee when he had cellucitus. As his foot healed, we kept an eye on the temp difference between the two as the colors began to look the same. There was still a lot of stuff going on inside. It is a good tool to have.

Beverlydolls 2011-03-08 06:01:29 -0600 Report

I cant wait to get mine… :) i got all the points for it over a day doing the video's and i should get it any time… i hope at least… lol Thanks so much for the site

GabbyPA 2011-03-08 07:43:18 -0600 Report

Let us know how you like it and how you use it. I use mine in the mornings and on my hubby to keep an eye on things. It is a wonderful tool to have.

jayabee52 2011-03-03 14:16:36 -0600 Report

I try to check mine in the morning when I get up or when I take my shoes or slippers off when I go to bed. Of course all I have to do is take my socks off and raise my feet to look at them in my mirrored closet doors. Since my feet are so hypersensitive, I'm usually aware of a problem, but like to do a visual inspection. Before I had mirrored closet doors, I used a hand mirror to look at them.

Gemm 2011-03-03 11:13:23 -0600 Report

I agree with others on checking whenever you think of it. Our doctor told my husband and I both that we should do that but also to make it part of our bed-time preparation routine to check both our feet and our legs every night before we go to bed. I've also read in several different publications and studies that a daily check is recommended for all diabetics, and especially for those whose diabetes has progressed to where they need insulin or have any stage of neuropathy with it as even the smallest scrape, splinter etc that you may not feel can develop into a major problem before it's noticed otherwise. I've had to do that for several years as I've had peripheral neuropathy for several years, even before being diagnosed diabetic while I was still considered a "critical" hypoglycemic.

My husband's father had such a cut on one of his toes. It was left untreated and developed gangrene and he had to have amputation on that leg 2 xs as the 1st one didn't heal properly and again developed gangrene. He died a couple months after the last one and doctors told the family it could have been prevented had he taken care of his diabetes 1st and 2nd had the cut on his toe properly treated.

I know it's often difficult to find gratitude in a situation like my father-in-law's but I have found some. His example has been the main reason that my husband has taken some better care of his diabetes since being diagnosed but more so now that he's been put on insulin. He has decided that he doesn't want to end up like his father did so he is really doing his best now to take good care of himself and is also more interested in my diabetes and how well I am taking care of myself.


kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 01:10:27 -0600 Report

Check feet often, keep them from getting cracked open, I was told not to walk in your own house barefooted. Make sure toes are dried very good, do not put lotion between your toes, there is a web site you can order socks from, and they are good for 25 washings to help keep moisture in your feet while you are sleeping. Cut nails straight across, keep eyes open for foot fungus, and toenail fungus. Always, take a pair of flip flops to shower in, if you are staying at a motel, or a friends house. Those are the only feet you have, take very good care of them. Best wishes.

Beverlydolls 2011-03-03 05:06:51 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for your reply..I need to get more socks… i got some from dollar store here that has diabetic socks…

kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 09:36:53 -0600 Report

Wow- I will have to look into that. I just spent 8 dollars on 2 pair, there is a website, that has very good deals on them. I will send you 2 sites, one is more variety, and one is less expensive, they beat Walmart prices.

pixsidust 2011-03-08 09:32:09 -0600 Report

The Dollar Tree in St louis has Diabetic socks for $1 dollar a pair. I bought them even before I knew I was diabetic because they are comfortable. They have the moisture footies for the same price. I wear croc knock offs which are cushy rubber. I sometimes will squirt lotion in them and wear them around the house and my feet get moisturized.
I am not sure exactly how you are checking your feet so I have to ask you more about that.

jayabee52 2011-03-08 14:18:37 -0600 Report

And if you're stiff like me, you need to use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet, cause I can no longer twist my foot so I can easily see the bottom.

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Bunny Cakes 2011-03-02 20:54:50 -0600 Report

I have really dry skin on my feet unless I keep lotion on them so I check my feet over twice a day once in the morning and once before bed because that is the time I use to put lotion on them.

Some night though I have my fiance do it for me if it's been a long day and I need a good foot rub with the lotion time.

If I had lost feeling I would probably check even more often because I worry like that.

Armourer 2011-03-02 18:48:49 -0600 Report

I understand the why of checking, but feel this is pretty useless. Important in older age. My feet on the bottom are numb on both feet, outside three toes are numb and outside two fingers on both hands. Told not to walk around barefoot or in stockings, but I do. So to answer the question, about once a month. The advice on checking when you dry your feet is good.

PetiePal 2011-03-02 12:53:26 -0600 Report

The older you are the more often. Also depends on how far along any (if) complications you have.

Keddiekilowatt 2011-03-02 11:27:19 -0600 Report

I check in the morning and when I go to bed. I was told to check daily for cuts and such, but also for swelling.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 01:14:15 -0600 Report

I have lots of swelling, since November 2010, It could have been a reaction to meds at first, but I kept changing pain medications, allergic reactions. It hurts to walk, they swell so bad. They are swollen now, I haven't taken my pain medicine in about 4 days, my shoes don't want to go on, it's crazy.

Keddiekilowatt 2011-03-03 09:09:14 -0600 Report

My doctor is checking swelling because it can be a sign for congestive heart failure as well as other circulation problems. If you haven't told your doctor yet about your swelling and pain, please do. Don't guess what is causing it …find out what is causing it.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 09:48:38 -0600 Report

Thank you so much, my feet hate me right now, I don't add salt to anything. I know sea salt is better for us. I want to clean up, but my feet don't want me to move, the nurse practioner says, walk, I told her, "I can't walk with my feet like this." I can have 1 Lasix two times a week, because fluid pills spike our blood sugar for about 4 hours. I haven't taken any codeine this week, I am in terrible pain, but I really want to see if that is what is causing swelling, new doctors don't spend the quality time with a patient, well, I know one that will. My hands are swollen, too- Can't get rings on. I do have high blood pressure, have for years- heart cath shows little build up.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 09:54:26 -0600 Report

Thank you very much. Trying to find out something from this office by the phone is like pulling teeth, they are so mixed up. I am suppose to see her in April. I am going to mention it at my diabetes class, b/c it's on the 11th, and that lady is a P.A., just works in one of the different offices. My last class, and it will be all about food. She wants me down to 1,400 calories a day, and my carbs should be this 30- breakfast 15-snack- 30 lunch, 15 snack, 45 for supper, 15 snack. Or I can change the 45 to breakfast, and use 30 for supper. I am so hungry.

Keddiekilowatt 2011-03-03 10:11:43 -0600 Report

Don't delay long to get answers for your swelling and pain. I know eating less can be hard, but keep in mind that if you get your wieght down both your heart and diabetes will improve. Good luck.

Roy531 2011-03-02 06:08:27 -0600 Report

I check mine every night after I take my shower, seems like a good time for me, have to dry my feet so check them at the same time.

MAYS 2011-03-02 01:44:48 -0600 Report

You can use a mirror to examine the bottom of your feet, and in between your toes.
Look for cuts, breaks in the skin, redness, bruises and blisters.
Have someone touch the bottom of your feet lightly to see if you can feel it.
(A nylon mono filament can be used to do this)