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How often should I have a foot exam if I am over 50 with diabetes and why?

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Foot problems are common with diabetes, so you and your doctor need to stay on top of your foot health. You should carefully wash, dry, and inspect your feet at home every day. Nerve damage in your feet and legs can keep you from noticing when you hurt yourself. Your doctor will want to check them at each office visit.

People with diabetes also may have blood flow problems, which makes it harder for foot wounds to heal. A tiny cut, sore, or blister could grow into a foot ulcer that’s tricky to treat. If it gets severely infected, your foot or leg may need to be removed.

From: Getting Older? Get These Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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