August 4


Diabetes: How to Perform ‘Touch The Toes’ Test at Home

By Gabriela

August 4, 2022

Diabetes can lead to many peripheral medical issues, especially in those who have difficulty following an exercise regimen and a healthy diet. Why is that? It is like that both exercise and diet are vital in maintaining the control of blood sugar.

A common side-effect is neuropathy. Neuropathy is actually one type of nerve damage. Furthermore, if it is not treated suitably, it might cause severe complications.

As a matter of fact, even minor injuries, and cuts might cause much more significant issues if they are not suitably treated.

Furthermore, not checking our feet on a daily basis, such as inspecting for cuts, sores, and blisters might give space for issues to become worse. Also, there may be a problem, and we might not be aware of it.

Importance of Sensitivity

Sensitivity is important when it comes to treating this issue. Sensitivity is a vital way in which our body can actually alert us to potential issues. In fact, sensations such as throbbing and sharp pain might show possible damage to a specific part of our body.

When it comes to the feet, the pain might be because of a cut, burn, or blister. In case the sensation is impaired we might not realize when small damage has occurred. And in case the damage is left untreated, there is an increased risk of infection.

If we are aware that we have impaired sensitivity, we will need to depend more on visual checking on a regular basis for signs like swelling and discoloration. Bear in mind that the impaired sensation itself doesn’t lead to ulceration and infection.

How to Prevent Diabetic Neuropathy

However, there is a simple way to prevent diabetic neuropathy. Such a way is the following test which people can make at home. Ever heard about the “Touch the Toes Test”?

This test is easy and fast. It is created to assess the sensitivity in the feet. The best thing about this test is that people can do it at home.

However, they should bear in mind that they will need someone such as a relative, friend, or loved one to do this test. Bear in mind that the test is not a substitute for the annual foot check by the doctor.

Watch the video below and learn how to make this test at home. Remember, for everything prevention is the key.


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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