Home Care for Sensation Loss
Your doctor has detected a critical loss of sensation in your feet. The finding represents a “loss of protective threshold,” meaning your feet no longer have enough sensation to protect you from problems such as foot ulcers, serious infection, and disfiguring joint dislocation, call Charcot Joints. Because of this critical finding, you must now use the sensation in your finger tips, your eyesight, and a heightened awareness of prevention as substitutes for the failing sensation in your feet. Please follow these instructions, so that you can prevent the serious complications mentioned above.
Follow the shoe recommendations given to you by your doctor. You may be prescribed custom-made shoes, if the doctor feels you need extra protection. If you do not receive these special shoes:
If your doctor has prescribed custom-made shoes
Never go barefoot. This includes inside the house.
Socks should be worn with shoes at all times because they reduce friction, provide insulation, reduce soiling of the foot, and absorb perspiration.
Avoid exposing your feet to temperature extremes.
Do not attempt to treat corns, calluses, toenails, or other foot problems yourself, unless specifically directed by your doctor.
You must inspect your feet every night. This will be the only way for you to catch developing problems early, so that serious problems can be prevented.
If you do have any breaks in the skin, whether it be from an ulceration, ingrown, toenail, recent but or scrape, callus or corn treatment, blister, heel crack, or surgery, be observant for the signs of infection. If you do think you have an infection, take your temperature and call your doctor immediately. Do not take any old antibiotics that you may have in the medicine cabinet before seeing the doctor.