Foot Care And My Healthcare Team

Health care provider taking care of feet Regular foot examination can help you and your healthcare provider to identify potential problems and manage them in a timely way. This can prevent or delay any complications.

Have your bare feet checked by your doctor at least once a year. Your doctor will be checking for neuropathy and loss of blood flow.

Take your socks off at every diabetes-related visit to your doctor and ask him or her to inspect your feet.

You should also visit your doctor when:

  • You have swelling, warmth, redness, or pain in your legs or feet
  • You have any corns, calluses, in-grown toenails, warts, or slivers. These can also be treated by a foot care specialist, but you should not try to treat them yourself.
  • You have wounds. Depending on the severity of the wounds, you and your healthcare provider should discuss how frequently you should have foot exams.

(Adapted from the Canadian Association of Wound Care.)
In addition to seeing your doctor, you should also visit a foot care specialist when:

  • You have swelling and feel numbness, weakness and redness in your foot or feet
  • There are blisters or a rash on your foot or feet
  • There is a change in color, appearance of feet, skin or toenails
  • The skin is cracked, scaling, peeling or bleeding
  • There is a new ulceration

Someone taking care of feet