It’s National Foot Health Month and our goal at DM Foot & Ankle is to keep you informed about the health of your feet. Here are the four main areas of the feet that are evaluated during your foot exam.
Dermatologic: We look at the overall temperature, texture, and color of the skin. The nails are checked for fungus or ingrown toenails, and the skin is checked for any abnormalities such as warts or other growths.
Vascular: The foot and ankle have two main pulses which we check to ensure there is good circulation to the feet and toes. We also evaluate the veins and check for any abnormal swelling.
Neurologic: We check if the sensation in the feet is normal. In conditions such as diabetes, many times the nerves are not functioning properly.
Musculoskeletal: This portion includes examining the bones, joints, and range of motion. During a foot assessment, the doctor may watch you walk or stand.
X-rays give more information about your feet including arch structure, the severity of bone structure issues such as bunions, and if there are any spurs or arthritis present.
It is important to keep your feet healthy and functioning because a quarter of your body’s bones are in your feet. If they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body. Be sure to get your feet checked out if you are experiencing any type of pain as this could be a sign of a bigger problem.
At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, our focus is to keep you informed and your feet healthy and happy!