Another thing that they might look for on a routine diabetic foot exam is any signs of a deformity. If you have a deformity in your foot, then that can increase pressure points, which can put you at greater risk, especially if you have neuropathy, that's the loss of feeling. Or the vascular disease and all three of those things can come together kind of in, if you will, a sinister synergy to create problems. So they might be moving your toes around, moving your ankle around just to see what the range of motion is like if there are any limitations or or contractures there. That's another thing that can be done.

Doctor Profile

David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD

Podiatric Surgeon

  • Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
  • Founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con) – the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world

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