Diabetes and Feet
What does diabetes and feet have in common? Well I could show you some feet that are being worn by diabetics and I know you would cringe! I did when I saw them.
When diabetes becomes your disease, your skin goes through some major changes. It becomes desolate, dry, arrid, almost looks like alligator skin. But diabetes and feet take the cake. Just take a look at a couple of these pictures…..uggh! yuck!
Here is a medical website where you can go and read the medical terminology, see some pictures, what podiatrists will do if the build up of hard dry skin has caused the good skin below all of the ugly and gross dried hard skin, to crack and leave sores. This is where diabetics run into trouble and then we have pictures of what happens when we don’t take care of our diabetic feet! Take Care of Your Feet
Unfortunately, with diabetes we are given a choice of taking good care of our feet or getting ugly, stinky, feet with dry cracked heels or worse. And unless you take notice and care for them, they can develop terrible sores that can get infected and if it becomes very bad, can lead to an amputations.
wounds can turn quickly to infection and infection can turn quickly into amputation; do not mess around if you find a sore on your foot or something just doesn’t feel right! diabetes and feet just don’t mix! take care of them, you only get two and they have to last you!
Fixing Dry and Cracked Heels
Fixing cracked heels may take some time but before you start grinding away at them, it is really important to have your doctor take a look. Unfortunately with type 2 diabetes, many people develop neuropathy. Simply, there are sores that cannot be felt by the diabetic so you may not know that you even have a sore or especially if you cannot see them; you don’t even know the sores are there.
Once you get clearance from your doctor and he tells you that your dry and cracked heels have no hidden sores (some cracks get very bad and develop deep sores), then you should be able to start working on them slowly and gently; only if your doctor says you can do it on your own.
As is the case above, when your heels have so much hardened dead skin around them, you may want to have a specialist remove some of it before you begin to pamper your feet on your own.
Hopefully you have your diabetic diet down to a science and now you will be working on both, your diabetes and feet at the same time.
The best way to start working on those dry, cracked heels is to soak them. The best way to do that is in a foot bath or foot spa or when you take a bath. While you are soaking your feet, you will notice that the skin will begin to turn white and mushy. It is easiest to remove at this time.
Using a podiatry tool like a foot scraper on one side and a large emery board on the other side, using the scraping tool around the heel area, gently scrape off the white mushy dead skin. After removing as much of this dead material from around the heel as you can, you can then use an orange stick and clean around the tips of your toes and under the nail beds. DO NOT EVER CUT ANYTHING ON YOUR OWN.
Rinse and Repeat until you get rid of the old dead skin that is easily removed. Dry your feet well and moisturize them. There are special socks for diabetics too and keeping your feet warm and dry is the best thing you can do for them. Keep up this daily care and soon you will have feet you can show off. I believe that keeping feet clean and dry and moisturized will over time, take care of any ugly problem that you may be fighting for.
Diabetes and Feet and Fungus too?
If your nail beds have become discolored with white discolored spots, or there are black spots under the nail on the nail bed, and it looks like you are pulling out chunks of skin as you clean from under the nail, chances are you could have a nail fungus. A look at the pictures here can confirm this for you.
But as always, there are other foot problems that might look like nail fungus; get it diagnosed first by your doctor! You may need to see a specialist; they are called Podiatrists. These docs specialize in the feet.
If you suspect a nail fungus, DO NOT TAKE AN INGESTIBLE medication for it. There have been proven deaths or worse resulting from the medications that are given to cure nail fungus. I don’t know how to explain this better to you.
A fungal nail infection could lead to more serious problems if you have diabetes or a weak immune system. Talk to your doctor about the best way to treat a nail infection if you have one of these problems. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-fungal-nail-infection
Here is a small booklet that you could purchase that will explain it better to you and it also has a recipe for a totally natural way to cure your fungus. It’s a recipe that will see your outcome as fresh, white and clear, but clean nails. CURE NAIL FUNGUS HERE >
Again DO NOT TAKE DIGESTIBLE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FOR NAIL FUNGUS. Please check; read up on what an antifungal medication can do to you if ingested. It surprises me that it is still on the market. In fact, I thought that I had a nail fungus once, and the doctor would not give me the medication for it. He said that there were too many bad side effects from it and after he told me what he had read and heard, I totally agree with him.
But of course, I am not a doctor, not even close. I am someone who has lived through using all kinds of expensive topical solutions that did nothing to help me get rid of nail fungus. I have used an Asian homeopathic concoction that got rid of the fungus once and for all.
I got my fungus at a pedicure salon that didn’t clean out the basin where the feet soak while sitting in one of their big fancy chairs that vibrated and heated your back and bum all at the same time. I spent at least a thousand bucks trying to get rid of it between doctors and medications they prescribed. Anti-fungal medications are very dangerous, so I’ve been told. Be sure that you are going to a reputable salon if paying for a pedicure these days. Check out the reviews. Check out the salon when you get there and watch them as they clean one of the chairs. Or, just ask how they clean the chair basins and what they use as disinfectant. Simple, but protect your feet! Diabetes is a big enough battle! You don’t need another battle because they refused to take their job seriously!
Caring For Diabetes and Feet Daily
Just as you care for your diabetic needs every single day; day in and day out, so should you care for the only two feet that you have.
Keeping your feet clean and dry every moment of your day is one big goal and one that will reap you huge rewards. You will agree with me that taking good care of your feet is well worth the work, especially after looking at a few pictures of feet that were not well cared for.
Clean, dry, and moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize some more. I found that Gold Bond Ultimate Hydrating Lotion, Diabetics Dry Skin Relief 18 oz (Pack of 2) works the best for me but you will decide which one works best probably after trying many different moisturizers.
If you haven’t tried Gold Bond Ultimate Hydrating Lotion, Diabetics Dry Skin Relief 18 oz (Pack of 2) yet, give it a try! It’s a little on the more expensive side but you use less and don’t have to use it as often. I like it because it really does sink into the skin and does not leave a greasy mess that soaks into your clothes leaving your feet and legs with no moisture after all the hard work of applying the lotion.
In fact, there are a few different things that you will need in order to begin caring for your feet daily. You won’t need all of everything and only you can decide what is going to work best for you and your feet. I even use one of the pedicure rasps to remove dead skin from my legs; but that’s my legs and not yours. I don’t recommend using a tool for something that it’s not made for.
Here are just a few items that I have accumulated over the years to work on my feet with.
All in one foot spa bath massager w/ heat, HF vibration, O2 bubbles, red light MS0809M
Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp (Foot File)
Electric Callus Remover and Shaver by Naturalico – Best Rechargeable Pedicure Foot Care File Tool – Remove Dead, Hard, Cracked Skin and Reduce Calluses on Feet in Just Seconds – Spa Like Results
Sunsbell®Stainless Steel Nail Cuticle Spoon Pusher Remover Nail Cut Tool Pedicure Manicure Set
SUPRENT 3 in 1 Foot File, Best Pedicure Tools for Removing Hard, Cracked, Dead Skin Cells, Professional Callus Remover for Both Professional and Home Use
Colossal Foot Rasp Foot File and Callus Remover. Best Foot Care Pedicure Metal Surface Tool to Remove Hard Skin. Can Be Used on Both Wet and Dry Feet, Surgical Grade Stainless Steel File.
Mr. Pumice Pumi Bar Purple – 4 Pumice Bars
Anself 10-in-1 Stainless Steel Manicure Pedicure Ear Pick Nail Clippers Set
Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt, Helps Soak Away Toenail Fungus , Athletes Foot & Stubborn Foot Odor – Softens Calluses & Soothes Sore Tired Feet -16 oz
O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet Foot Cream, 3.2 oz., Jar
Conair Foot Spa with Vibration
TOUCHBeauty AS-0601B Callus Shaver with 9 attachment Head, Professional Pedicure Foot File Tool,Electronic Foot Care Spa Set
Some of these items are duplicates and you won’t need all of them. But do not attempt to work on your feet with tools that weren’t meant to be used on your feet. And always soak your feet for ten to fifteen minutes first!
And I can tell you that there are callous removers out there that do not work. I was so mad when I spent $40 on one of those callous removers they advertise on the television and the minute you touch your foot with the spinning part of the tool, the pumice bar stops moving and it removes nothing. What a waste of money and time.
Thanks for coming by and taking an interest in healthy feet. To come through these diabetic inflictions and not be able to keep your feet has to be such a painful experience; I couldn’t imagine how a person must feel to lose the most useful limbs they have and not be able to walk anymore?
I pray for all of us diabetics that we all can become totally healed from this devastating affliction. Come back soon!