The first time you come to our Diabetic Foot Clinic, you will be met by a registered nurse with expertise in helping diabetic patients requiring foot care. The nurse will coordinate your screening, in preparation for your appointment with the doctor.
Initially we will record your height and weight, review your past and current medical problems and talk with you about any foot concerns. We will also review your medications, so be sure to bring a list of all medications you are taking.
It’s also important to bring with you all the shoes you wear often – both in the house and outside. Bring along all insoles, orthotics or leg braces that you have purchased or that have been made for you.
A comprehensive screening examination will be performed to look for any ulcers or blisters, unusual bony prominences or deformities on your feet. We will ask about any areas of the feet that have caused problems in the past.
The pulses on the top of your foot, and the side of your foot near the ankle, will be measured. We may use other devices to assess circulation in your feet and legs.
The sensation in your feet will be tested to determine if you might injure your feet without feeling it.
Your footwear and socks will be evaluated carefully, along with the status of nails, corns and calluses on your feet.
We will watch you walk, and use a special instrument that measures pressures under your feet while you are walking. X-rays may be taken of your feet.
This initial screening exam gives us a clear idea of your risk of foot injury and your needs for prevention. Your doctor will discuss the findings with you in detail.
Afterward, if you have wound care or footwear needs, Diabetic Foot Clinic staff will be on hand to begin treatment, schedule follow-up appointments, and arrange referrals to other physicians if necessary.