The American Diabetes Association now recommends that patients have at least one Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE) per year to identify high-risk foot conditions often prevalent in patients with diabetes.
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it's at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror.
The CDFE is a comprehensive, visually compelling exam that was developed to identify, monitor and thus prevent complications to your feet. Pressure readings are taken of your feet, allowing you to see and discuss any at-risk conditions and pressure points that may be evident.
The CDFE includes a review of your nerve supply, blood supply, skin & nails and foot structure systems. The results of your CDFE will be the basis of the necessary preventative care recommendations for you to take in order to avoid health-threatening complications related to your diabetes. The CDFE also assesses whether you qualify to receive appropriate offloading and care solutions with therapeutic shoes provided through Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program. Non-Medicare insurance carriers may also cover the exam.
Avoid foot ulcerations, infections and even the very real possibility of amputation with regularly scheduled evaluations of your feet and wearing appropriate shoes and inserts. A daily home inspection of your feet, will always be critical to avoiding serious foot complications.
If you experience neuropathy (loss of feeling) in your feet due to diabetes or another condition, or if you have diabetes but not been seen by your podiatrist recently, it is important for you to schedule a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam at your earliest convenience.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.