foot self-exam

Everyone knows the importance of physical self-examinations in catching serious health issues early before they progress into dangerous maladies. The same physical, self-exam is highly encouraged by podiatrists to catch serious foot health problems.

Foot self-exam is simple and can be done by anybody in a matter of minutes. It involves visually examining the feet, looking for unusual growths or abnormalities. Finally, you need to touch and feel each foot. When examining your feet, it is necessary to look over the whole foot including in between the toes. Applying pressure to areas of your feet will also help you to locate pain spots and feel abnormal bone growths. Here are some common things to look for during self-foot examination.

Swelling

swollen foot

Swelling may be an indication of several things from an infection, a sprained, broken or fractured bone to issues with the lymph, nerves or blood circulation andΒ flow. Ensure you take note if the swelling has increased and whether it is affecting one of both feet.

Blisters

Blisters are generally due to excessive pressure, friction, irritation, and use. It is advisable not to prick the blisters unless by a foot care specialist since they can leave scars and cause infections if pricked and not care for.

Bad-Looking Nails

Your nails may be crooked, yellow, chipped or curving under into the nail. At times you may see blood and bruise under the nail. Fungal infections make the nails look gross and also decrease the proper protection power of your nails. This leads to infections affecting other parts of your toe.

Scratches, Bleeding, or Cuts

Cuts may harm and can bleed uncontrollably. Scratches, bleeding, and cuts can be an indication of an injury to the surface of your skin. This may be due to a fall where your foot is scratched or rubbing of your feet against the inside of your shoe. If scratches and cuts are not treated, bleeding can continue, and the risk of infections can increase.cut on foot

Redness

This is usually associated with poor circulation, excessive pressure, an infection or a rush. Check out for redness on your feet during the foot examination.

Foot examination is usually simple. It is thus advisable that you check your feet at least once every day. People with diabetes, neuropathy and poor circulation need to check their feet multiple times per day. A self-foot examination can help you to tangibly and visually notice anything potentially wrong with the feet.