Diabetes Foot Exam

From John Crowley 2008-04-08 04:25:26 -0500 21 Comments

One in four people with diabetes will develop foot problems that require treatment. You can develop different types of foot problems, but all can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Richard A. Jackson, M. D., of the Joslin Clinic at the Joslin Diabetes Center, explains regular foot exams are important to people with diabetes. Learn more about Joslin's Foot Center at http://www.joslin.org/care/foot_care.html

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21 replies

micsha 2014-07-06 16:56:14 -0500 Report

BTW, I also had to quit smoking when I was in the hospital and I'm going on 2-1/2 years now.

I see my podiatrist every 2-4 months. I can't examine my foot since I can't bend my knee so I depend on him to check it.

micsha 2014-07-06 16:51:16 -0500 Report

I am newly diagnosed but I have been going to a podiatrist for over a year because I had a knee sarcoma and the doctors wrapped a leg muscle over the knee so I could have movement, but cutting the nerves has left me with some neuropathy in the leg. I could no longer cut my nails on that foot because I cannot reach it. My podiatrist says I have PVD BUT my ortho/onc doc stated I have good pulses. So i guess you can say I'm a little ahead of the game with foot checking. :)

funnygirl98 2014-06-05 20:13:21 -0500 Report

I recommend anyone who is diabetic to watch this short video… very informative for those who are newly diagnosed diabetics.

Degibu 2012-01-26 07:44:45 -0600 Report

Very good video. One more thing that's extremely important is that diabetics should NOT do is cut their own toe nails and NOT get pedicures at a salon! Even the slightest nick with a clipper or, God forbid, a manicurist scraping dead skin off your feet with that razor could result in cellulitis, which is dangerous in a healthy person, but in a diabetic can take months to heal even with the strongest antibiotics. Knowing that women, myself included, want their nails polished, that's fine. But let a foot specialist cut your nails, then put on your own polish at home. Better safe than sorry.

Miminv 2011-02-26 15:20:54 -0600 Report

This is a great video for everyone to see. I did not know that the doctor should be checking my feet with the instrument that checks if your feet are going numb or not. I kept telling my doctor that I was feeling tingling and small stabbing pains in my feet every so often. He replied that it can be fixed when and if it gets worse. 7 or so years of this, I had a four surgeries and at the end my feet were 10 times worse. I stopped smoking and within a week I was climbing the walls because nothing I did would stop the pain in my feet. I went to my doctor again he checked my feet for the first time gave me a 1mg of gabapenten and set a appointment for a neurologist. Two weeks later and almost insane from the pain the neurologist puts me on 2800mg of gabapenten.
YES I got rid of the so called doctor that never tested my feet until the end. It was one of the first of rude awakenings that there are some good and some bad in every aspect of people you know and meet.
Make sure your feet are tested and looked at. I can no longer work and the neuropathy is now in my hands. And yes my A1C in normal.

MAYS 2010-06-22 21:44:48 -0500 Report

Your comment and recommendation of this video are both greatly appreciated.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-06-22 21:11:02 -0500 Report

It was very good information for the feet. I already had neuropathy from polio when I became a diabetic. So I have to have my feet checked by my husband every couple of days. I recommend that every one watch this video.

Hinboyz3 2009-12-05 14:35:48 -0600 Report

A very helpful video, I never thought about the feet in that way. I check my daily and I pay close attention to them. Thank you for the good information every diabetic should know!!

colt_fan 2009-06-03 08:42:27 -0500 Report

No nonsense on this video. I have had an amputation. It's nothing to dismiss as something that's not a big deal, because it is.

Kathy Cook
Kathy Cook 2009-01-13 22:57:41 -0600 Report

This was good reinforcement. I definitely intend to get my feet checked every year. In fact I did so this afternoon (Tuesday)

midget 2008-10-09 12:44:29 -0500 Report

very good information and yes i do check my feet every nite before i go to bed.

paula47 2008-05-01 14:05:18 -0500 Report


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