I always talk to my patients with diabetes about the importance of staying on top of their foot health with regular checkups and inspections. Now, a recent study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research has revealed a new tool in the fight against diabetic foot ulcers; according to researchers, monitoring skin temperature of the feet can help keep these dangerous sores at bay.
According to the study, higher skin temperature on one foot as compared to the other can actually predict where an ulcer is about to develop, since temperature increase is one of the markers of potentially-dangerous foot inflammation. When researchers asked patients to keep track of their foot temperature at home, just like they monitor their blood sugar levels, they seem to have had increased success in preventing ulcers.
In Podiatry Today, Dr. David Armstrong, who directs the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, said, "It looks like the data suggest that checking temperature is maybe one of the most valuable tools in our combined arsenal for prevention."
When I see diabetic patients in my Houston podiatrist office, I always emphasize the importance of preventative care in maintaining their foot health, offering them suggestions for critical home inspections and monitoring in between visits at Tanglewood Foot Specialists. If you have diabetes in Houston, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today to begin taking proactive steps to protect your feet.