I see a lot of diabetic patients and have to check their feet regularly.  Sometimes they are on the exam table with their shoes on and I realize they need them off.  In this situation I make a point to help them take off their shoes and socks before the exam, and help them put them back on after the exam.

I feel like this is a reminder to me that I am serving the patient.  I am there for them - not the reverse.  It is my way of acting like Christ did when he washed his disciples' feet.  It isn't clean and isn't always pleasant, but it is humble and I think it builds trust.

Yesterday I had finished with a foot exam on a patient and started to help her put on her socks.

"I can do that," she said to me.

"No, that's all right.  I am good at putting on socks.  I do it every day."

She looked over at the sandals on my feet - the ones I wear nearly every day - and laughed, "I don't think I have ever seen you wearing socks."