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What to Look for in a Foot Self-Exam

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The Fall Community Yard Sale in Lancaster, SC, is almost here! Head down to the Lancaster School District parking lot between 7 AM and noon on Saturday, September 6, and have a good look around. It’s a chance to get rid of some of that stuff in your attic, and find some new treasures while you’re there!

You might know how to spot a good deal when you see one, but do you know what to look for during a diabetic foot self-exam? When you have diabetes, checking your feet daily as part of a home care routine is essential to avoiding problems that can turn into dangerous complications. However, you have to know what to look for first! Here’s a checklist:

Keep your eyes peeled for any changes in skin color—red can mean irritation or overheating, while blue or black can indicate bruising or blood flow problems. Another sign of irritation can be patches of skin without hair. Look for any breaks in the skin as well, in addition to blisters, calluses, and corns - all indicators that your shoes are causing friction. Also, watch out for dry, cracking skin as well as peeling that can be a symptom of athlete’s foot. Don’t forget your toenails - make sure they are not ingrown or infected. Finally, if you spy a sore that is not healing, call Carolina Podiatry Group immediately. Early treatment gives you the best chance of avoiding serious consequences.

For those with diabetes, a foot self-exam should be performed every day to ensure you stay in good health. For other diabetic home care tips, stop by Carolina Podiatry Group in SC, call us in Lancaster at (803) 285-1411, or dial our number in Fort Mill at (803) 548-FEET. You might just see us at the yard sale, too. Hey, it’s hard to pass up a good bargain!

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