While nothing replaces regular podiatric checkups, you can play a big role in keeping your feet healthy by performing periodic self checks. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we find that patients who examine their feet are more likely to catch foot conditions in their earliest stages. This greatly increases the odds of a less invasive and more successful treatment. Here are 4 checkpoints to be alert to:
- Are you in pain? Sudden intense pain is usually an obvious an alert that something is wrong with your feet or ankles. Sometimes, however, pain can be intermittent or only occur with certain activities. If you are experiencing any consistent pain, however intense or minor, it warrants a call to our Edmond or Norman office for an evaluation by our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, A. Bil Buksh. Whether it’s soreness, aching, burning, pinching or throbbing, pain is never normal and requires medical attention.
- Can you feel that? Using an object with a dull end, such as an eraser on a pencil, go over your whole foot—top, bottom and sides and notice if the sensation is equal in all areas. Loss of sensation in part or all of your foot can be a sign of diabetes or nerve problems.
- How does your skin look? Bumps, bruises, blisters, corns, rashes, swelling or discolored spots can all be signs of a problem either on the surface of the skin, such as athlete’s foot, or a more systemic problem such as psoriasis or diabetes.
- How’s your balance? Can you stick your arms out with your eyes closed and stand on one foot for some period of time without losing your balance? Are you tripping or stumbling more often? Balance issues can signal several different disorders. You should also check for range of motion in your toes, feet and ankles and make sure there is no pain or stiffness in normal movement.
If you are in the habit of regularly inspecting your feet, you will have a much more accurate idea of what’s normal and be able to let the foot doctor know precisely if there are changes or abnormalities which can help protect the health of your feet. If you are unsure of anything you find during a self check, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment by calling: 405-285-7408 to have it evaluated.