Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Record
- Take blood pressure 3 times, at least 1 minute apart
- Write down lowest 2 readings
- Take blood pressure twice a day, ideally in the morning and evening
- Take blood pressure for 4 days
Diabetic At Home Foot Check -Ipswich Touch Test/ Touch The Toes Test
This test helps you feel for sensation changes in your feet.
You can do the test at home to check the sensitivity (or feeling) in your feet. Sensitivity is one way in which your body alerts you to other problems.
Pain or throbbing tells you when you’ve hurt yourself. In the case of feet, pain can happen because of a burn, blister, cut, ulcer or even problems with your shoes. Because you feel it, you can act quickly and get the right treatment.
Why you should do the test
If you have diabetes and lose some feeling in your feet, you may not feel that you’ve been hurt. That could mean it’s not treated quickly enough which could lead to serious infections or ulcers. In the worst cases, it leads to amputation.
Maybe you know that you have less sensation in some parts of your feet? In this case, you need to check your feet every day by looking over them.
How to do the test
It’s quick and easy to do. But you need someone there to help who’ll touch your toes and write down the results. Tell them it’ll only take a couple of minutes.
For the test and other information please visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications/feet/touch-the-toes
Information taken from www.diabetes.org.uk