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Foot Care Tips
Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
Everyone knows (or learns fast) that foot care is very important with diabetes.
  • How do you take care of your feet?
  • Do you go to a podiatrist for nail clipping and exams? How often?
  • How often do you examine your own feet?
  • What do you look for?
  • What products do you use on your feet?

Share your tips so we can make a good resource for everyone!
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An_202430 responded:
What are your hints for taking care of your feet when you can't reach them? Need help triming toenails and applying lotion.
conniesgirl1 replied to An_202430's response:
If you're on Medicare,it pays for a podiatrist to clip your nails for you--IF you're diabetic.The Dr.Leonard catalogs often carry a tool that helps put lotion on back,feet,etc. where you can't reach.
MarshaHoward responded:
Question: How safe is a pedicure from a licensed individual?
geml2002 replied to An_202430's response:
Don't laugh, but I raise the toilet seat, put a towel over the edge, prop my foot on the towel and clip my nails.

I sit in a chair, put a squirt of lotion on the top and side of each foot and then rub my feet together. The lotion on the top of my right foot is used for the bottom of my left foot. And after the lotion is on the bottom of my left foot, I use that to put lotion on the top of my right foot.
tigwylan replied to MarshaHoward's response:
Safe as anything you may do as it depends if you have a good individual that sanitizes their tools properly etc.
xring responded:
1. While in the shower, I thoroughly wash feet, then dry thoroughly & sometimes use an anti fungal. I also use a toenail-specific trimmer.

2. No. Several months ago, I did have a complimentary podiatrist exam that was offered at my diabetes class & my regular endocrinologist examined my feet last year.

3. Maybe once/week or so.

4. Cracks, excessive calluses, anything that looks like infection.

5. None, except being very picky about shoe comfort.
phototaker responded:
I take really good care of my feet.

The only person, other than me, who touches them is my nail person. I "only" have her cut, buff, and polish my toenails. I don't use the foot bath at any place...too dangerous for diabetes.

I just use lotions on my feet, after I shower.

I don't walk barefoot outside.

I actually talked to a diabetic woman at a party yesterday that had a foot pedicure in Mexico and ended up getting a bacterial infection, a really dangerous, bad one. Her doctor said she could have lost her foot. You have to be VERY CAREFUL, and not use certain footbaths at salons. My gal uses a plain tub of soapy water that she washes out each time with disinfectant. I actually don't even have her do that, maybe once or twice a year, and just has her do my toenails only when she does my other nails.
betaquartz responded:
I wash feet in the shower, and after the shower while the toe nails are softer clip myself on the edge of the bed and then clean cuticles and any other areas. I also check between the toes for any abnormalities and use an anti fungal if needed. I check the bottom of the feet for cuts, bruising, and cracking. I don't have any problems with any of it. I always wear clean socks, and use special socks for hiking and other strenuous exercise that wicks moisture. I also like socks that have an arch support band in them, seems to help when o my feet for a long time. Good shoes are my biggest sin. I am constantly buying good shoes for walking, hiking, and rotate the wear on them. I also like to have arch support in the shoes to take less pressure off of the heal. Take good care of your feet, they support all the rest of you!
krhudson replied to MarshaHoward's response:
Only go to a Podiatrist for trimming and you may be able to find a Podiatrist with a nail shop on site. I have found that to be the best way for Pedicure since I am Diabetic and I worry about sterile tools being used. My Podiatrist uses pre packaged sterilized tools and I have no worries about infection. Nail shops to me can be careless.

krhudson replied to geml2002's response:
I have a good laugh for everybody. I can laugh now but not when it happened. I put my foot up on the toilet seat rather quick and it may have been slightly damp and it slipped in the toilet and I fell into my wall by the toilet and had to have the wall repaired through to the sheetrock. My foot and ankle survived with out any problem. My foot went all the way to the hole at the end of the bowl :-(. It all happened so fast and I could not believe it. Everybody, take advice from me, keep the toilet seat top down when drying or lotioning feet.

This is why I question my diagnosis of Osterperosis, if their was ever a time for broken shattered bones in the lower back and hip, this would have been that time. This was when I weighed 20 more pounds than now and my balance was not great.

DisHammerhand responded:
1. I wear shoes more often now. I used to be the barefoot queen.

2. No.

3. Most days.

4. Anything out of the ordinary. I watch injuries closely. I got some blisters on my feet the other day because I walked my four miles at a much faster clip than usual. They're mending fine. Since I'm in remission, I don't think I'm at risk for foot problems though I am more attentive to them than I used to be.

5. Just soap.
phototaker responded:
I just read this article about the little machines that use UV rays to dry the nails on your hands and feet. Did you know that these may cause skin cancer on hands and feet if you use them once or twice a month at the nail salon? Geez...what next?
timber312 responded:

Before I go to bed at night I lather on foot lotion and put on thin short short socks. Feet feel soft and smooth in the morning.
healthfulleuia replied to phototaker's response:
I understand that metal tubs (stainless steel) are the safest, since they can be sterilized (literally). It might be a good idea to either ask your nail person to switch to one - or better still, take your own in with you for your foot bath when you do one. Taking your own manicure tools is a good idea as well - cleaning and sterilizing them at home between uses.

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