There is a direct correlation between noticing a diabetic foot problem and seeking treatment for it. The sooner a problem, such as a diabetic foot ulcer, is identified and treated, the better the chance is that it will be effectively treated and healed quickly. Time and time again, I see my Houston patients wait weeks, months, and even years, to have their foot treated with results that range from slow healing to disastrous loss of limb.
I always recommend that my patients with diabetes perform a self-inspection of their feet every night. This is a quick, 30 second look at the bottom and top of their feet, as well as between their toes. What you need to look for is anything that wasn't their the night before...areas of redness, bleeding, pus, cracking or anything that doesn't look right. The good news is that if you do find something, you know it is not more than a day old. Just pick up the phone, call our Houston podiatry office, and say "I am diabetic and I think I have a problem." We'll get you in the same day.
When it comes to my patients with diabetes, I'd rather you call and it be nothing than have you wait and it become a major problem. If you see something on your foot that you think may be a problem, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate appointment.