Foot Care for Diabetics

 Blending Podiatry and Pedicures

elderly-man--w-pedicureWhen you have diabetes, any injury to your feet is a major concern, and an open invitation for wounds and infections. Wounds often come from decreased sensation in the extremities, known as diabetic neuropathy. Due to the lack of pain, these open wounds often go unnoticed and untreated. This greatly increases the risk infection.

An infection can lead to higher blood sugars and higher blood sugars can interfere with the healing process, leading to potential poor healing wounds and even amputation if you are a diabetic. People with poor circulation arthritis and skin issues are also at risk for similar issues with their feet. This means you need to take extra care of your feet and avoid injury.  Podiatry (foot care) for people with diabetes is one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management. The podiatry physician has an integral part in your healthcare.

For the most part people with diabetes are entirely unaware that they need to take special care of their feet and should visit a podiatrist at once, if a problem occurs. Diabetes can cause life-threatening complications where foot wounds and infections are common. Extra-thick skin, curved nails, or circulation problems require diabetics to forgo a pedicure at a regular nail salon and should have their nails trimmed at a podiatrist’s office.

The concept of blending podiatry and pedicures is catching on. Many patients are too embarrassed to show their feet or too afraid to get a wound or infection so they never had the experience of a pedicure. Now nail technicians can recommend a safe place with sterile packed instruments to refer their diabetic and at risk clients to a mediped spa where the relationship can benefit everyone – the doctor, the tech, and especially the client.

For people that never pampered themselves with a pedicure, they are finding pedicures are not just for cosmetic, they are for therapeutic and medical purpose to help prevent nail disease and nail disorders. A proper pedicure will help alleviate foot problems and give your feet the extra care and protection needed by removing dead skin, dirt, including exfoliating to remove any bacterial infection, and a relaxing reflexology like massage is also performed. Having a pedicure can ensure that their feet are clean and hydrated, which is important when you are managing diabetes.

 

 

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