dry feet

By tazz9040 Latest Reply 2013-09-26 10:04:22 -0500
Started 2011-04-11 10:03:03 -0500

ive been noticing my feet are really getting really dry and flaky and i have a callos on one of my feet been taking care of my feet the best way i can and my toe nails are really hard and brittle i have neropathy dnt knw if that was the correct spelling i take meds for that ive been a diabetic for close to a year now what methods can i use to take care of my feet …any suggestions

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thiruvelan 2013-09-21 23:25:10 -0500 Report

I replied to this very old discussion year 2011. Because, if you still have this problem, it will be helpful. Additionally, someone with the same problem comes across this discussion may get some benefit.

Dry feet, numbness, tingling all are common among diabetes. These are all due to the nutrient shortage to the foot due to high blood-glucose level in blood.

I have put a video in youtube named "Improve health by foot tapping" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bellx1z_sXE

In your case, you have toe nails are hard and brittle. Thus, you should not tap your foot forcefully; instead, do it gently for few days. If you find improvement, then you can continue doing with improved force in steps. On the other hand, if you feel any negatives stop doing it immediately. Additionally, if you have any severe spinal problem or arthritis, then you should not do forceful tapping, do it gently.

Hope, it may help you.

GabbyPA 2013-09-24 20:08:22 -0500 Report

this is very interesting. Thank you for the video on how to do it. I just might have to try this tonight before I go to bed. Thanks

thiruvelan 2013-09-24 21:29:07 -0500 Report

Please share your experience, whether it helps you are not.

GabbyPA 2013-09-25 17:43:42 -0500 Report

Last night I did it before going to bed and my feet tingled, but not in the usual way. I slept well. I will try it again tonight to see what happens.

GabbyPA 2013-09-26 10:04:22 -0500 Report

It worked again tonight. I think I will keep this up for a month and see how it goes. Two days doesn't tell me too much.

thiruvelan 2013-09-25 18:49:19 -0500 Report

Continue doing it, I am sure it will help you. Once you get sound sleep then it helps your body to provide enough time to heal your entire system. As well as your tingling will disappear for sometime. I am hypertension and thus I too have been tingling feeling, particularly during sleep. Foot tapping at least help relief temporarily from uneasiness. My Best Wishes for your Health.

Miss Kristin
Miss Kristin 2011-04-16 22:16:24 -0500 Report

Hello All,
I have found that anything with alpha hydroxy in it works wonders! I bought, what is called, AmLactin moisturizing body lotion. It has a multiplex skin moisturizing system… It is AMAZING!!! It was a bit pricy for me, but that is because I support my good friend, and local pharmacist, at HealthMart. :-) I'm sure you could find it at a decent price somewhere else, maybe Wal-Mart, or Walgreen's. I know there are a few lotions out there that have that ingredient in them. I have also found that, for tired, hurting feet, a soak with Epsom salt and hot water works wonders! Foot massage might help with the neuropathy, to get the blood circulating in the feet, or some reflexology, or pressure points. You can find charts on google (reflexology charts) and http://www.reflexologycharts.org/ and http://www.ehow.com is my favorite website, it has everything. I hope this helps a bit. I know it is frustrating finding something that works. Every individual is different. All I know is, try and try again. You can't give up and give in. Diabetes can be overcome, you don't have to let it overcome you. Yes, it is an icky disease that has disgruntled many, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Love, and Peace of Mind to All, and for me, there is always Aspercreme! LOL!!! Good Luck to All.

GabbyPA 2011-04-18 07:35:04 -0500 Report

Foot massages help a lot. My hubby does them for me every once in a while and it works wonders for me. They always feel so much better. A little TLC can go a long way.

tabby9146 2011-04-13 10:33:59 -0500 Report

hope you find something that works quickly. I hope you have seen or will see a podiatrist about it. My problem isn't that bad, but I do have slightly cracked heels and a callus. I use Avon footworks, callus cream, overnight renewing cream, and cracked heel relief cream, among others, they have a whole line of great foot creams and soaks, foot masks, I sell it so I love the discount I get, but it isn't expensive at all, maybe for some on here who don't have it too bad, I know it will work but have to apply everyday.

Sidehack 2011-04-12 07:23:19 -0500 Report

Keep an eye on that callous! That is how my diabetic ulcers begin. Get diabetic shoes to help cut down on the pressure points on your feet. Once an ulcer begins, you'll find that "wound management" is very time consuming; with frequent visits to a podiatrist.

RAYT721 2011-04-11 15:58:43 -0500 Report

Although your doctor/medical team is best to put in the loop on some of your problems and side effects, I just want to give a "thumbs up" to a product called HEELTASTIC (available at Walgreens, for example). It is wonderful for dry heels and skin (feet, elbows, etc). Amazing results instantly!!! (note: your opinions and/or experiences may vary) but my wife and I are sold on the product.

edvel54 2011-04-11 14:16:29 -0500 Report

I use Vaseline once a week at night. Just smear it all over your feet and put on a pair of socks, and to bed.

Mizzgreenjeanz 2011-04-12 15:02:23 -0500 Report

I have done this for years! They make a new Vaseline with cocoa butter in it and it's awesome. I smother my feet in it every night before bed and rarely have issues!

Somoca 2011-04-13 20:48:38 -0500 Report

This is what I do. I find that if I don't do it at least every other night, my skin will dry like the sierra desert.

CJMATLI 2011-04-11 14:15:42 -0500 Report

For all the problems with your feet, talk to your Dr about neuropathy. I waited to long to talk to my Dr. about foot problems. Now living with peripheral neuropathy in arms, hands, legs, and feet. getting worse day after day Next step bye bye feet.

GabbyPA 2011-04-11 14:18:41 -0500 Report

You don't have to think that way. You can take better care of them and if your levels are in better control, you will help with the damage a HUGE amount. Also, like James and I, try Alpha Lipoic Acid. It takes time, but it seems to be helping. Don't give up on your feet.

moora 2011-04-11 16:06:33 -0500 Report

I recently found a product in Costco called Diabetic health pack, which has all the supplements needed for diabetic health in one packet. i started taking once packet day for the last month. One of the pill in that packet is alpha lipoic acid. Try that.

Pynetree 2011-04-12 21:27:32 -0500 Report

I've been taking these multi-vitamin and minerals in a Diabetic Health Pack for couple years. And when I'm off them, all my skin is drier, and the foot and leg cramps come back at nite…I'm convinced it's the minerals in these suppliments that keep things balanced.

GabbyPA 2011-04-15 05:58:32 -0500 Report

It's not a multi vitamin, but a packet of different supplements. It is called the Diabetes health pack and I believe it is made by Nature Made. I am not sure about that. It comes in a large box and has 30 individual packets inside.

Somoca 2011-04-13 20:50:48 -0500 Report

Is there anywhere else I can get this Diabetic Health Pack? I do not have a membership at Costco.

GabbyPA 2011-04-14 12:17:03 -0500 Report

I got mine at Walgreens in the vitamin section. It comes in a box with packets for daily use. Right now it is about $15 per box. Used to be a lot less. But Walgreens will have BOGO's every now and then and getting two for one is a great deal.

moora 2011-04-13 07:26:28 -0500 Report

That is encouraging. i just started only a month ago. Didn;t know it existed. I do find a lot of difference in my blood sugar numbers.

GabbyPA 2011-04-12 21:36:48 -0500 Report

I used to use them, but the store I got them at was so sporadic in having them it made me nuts. Perhaps I should try again. I did like that is was all in one.

Pynetree 2011-04-13 22:13:07 -0500 Report

Now I find that my CVS and RiteAid carry a brand of them..I usually only buy them when they are BOGO items.

Dixiemom 2011-04-11 14:12:27 -0500 Report

So, I gather thIs is a common problem for diabetcs of all ages? I noticed this happening to my feet. My grandaughter suggested Cerva (sp) and it has helped. I did have my toenails cut last year by a podiatrist's nurse and she did a horrible job so my husband started cutting them We have A FRIEND WHO IS A PODIATRIST BUT SHE LIVES IN aL. i HAD HER CUT THEM THE LAST TIME i WAS THERE AND IT WAS A TOTALLY BEDTTER JOB. nOW IT WILL PAY TO VISIT THERE MORE OFTEN. I try to lotion my feet every morning. I switch between rhe Cere=ave and Bath & Bodyworks Just for Feet with Shea butter or Eucerin.

Pynetree 2011-04-13 22:17:47 -0500 Report

We had to switch Podiatrists last year, and this new guy does it himself…and a nice job too..I told him I'm bringing nail polish to next visit, and getting him to complete the pedicure! It is the only reason I stick to his every 3 months schedual of appts.

GabbyPA 2011-04-11 14:16:21 -0500 Report

The balm from Bath and Body is great too! I just don't get out to the mall to buy it as easily. That really works great if you have cracked heels. When I was first diagnosed, my feet were in really bad shape. I love how they are now (minus the pain) but they look and feel so much better because I take care of them. I still cut my own nails, but have considered having the podiatrist do them. It is $45 for the visit to do that, but it might be worth it as a "treat" to have them done.

GabbyPA 2011-04-11 13:40:15 -0500 Report

I use a balm called Flexitol that helps with the souls of my feet being dry and keeps them supple.

Like James, I am also taking Alpha Lipoic Acid for the burning that is in my feet and it seems to be helping. I have been taking it for about a month now.

As for your nails, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist to evaluate if your nail changes are due to fungus. Only my big toe nails are prone to this kind of fungus and he has recommended several topical OTC for me to try. I had it so bad one time that I had him remove the entire nail so I could grow a new healthier one. It worked wonders.

winzree 2011-04-13 19:54:08 -0500 Report

i'm thinking of having my big toenail removed also due to the fungus…i'm so scared cause of the pain…i'm sure he gave you an injection right into the toe…am i correct?

GabbyPA 2011-04-13 20:00:59 -0500 Report

That was the best thing I ever did. You get a shot of pain killer in your toe and you don't feel a thing. Mine was tender for a few days and I had to keep my foot elevated for the first 24 hours or so and try to keep off of it as much as possible, but it was worth it 100% The new nail grew back pink and thin and wonderful. I keep an anti-fungal lotion and use it after I soak. I need to use it every day, but so far (and it has been at least 4 years) my nail is still pink and thin. No more Godzilla nails. LOL

jayabee52 2011-04-11 13:42:47 -0500 Report

My podiatrist recommended using Vicks Vapo-rub. Put it on and wear socks all night. Haven't tried it yet though.

Dixiemom 2011-04-11 14:16:14 -0500 Report

I also heard that if you are coughing due to a cold to put Vicks on your feet and cover with socks before going to bed and you wont cough. My son tried it and said he had a good nites sleep. It's amazing how some of the old home remedies are making a comeback.

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-04-11 13:53:34 -0500 Report

Herbalist use peppermint oil too

Mizzgreenjeanz 2011-04-12 15:06:07 -0500 Report

There's a foot care product available at most drug stores and target and walmart…Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub (Peppermint & Plum) and it's great…it has the peppermint oil in it.

GabbyPA 2011-04-11 13:48:53 -0500 Report

I have something similar. It is called Biofreeze and it works well. But I found I have to have my feet soft first before I put that on because it makes my feet feel swollen if I don't.

GabbyPA 2011-04-11 14:00:31 -0500 Report

It isn't. They don't actually swell up, but they feel like they are. The wonders of the confusing signals our nerves send to our brains. So I put some balm on and I am usually good.

jayabee52 2011-04-11 13:29:45 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC Tazz!
Yes mine has been like that too! Do you have a podistrist (a Dr who cares for feet)? It would be helpful to your feet and toenails to find one.

One way of taking care of your feet is to use a lotion on them. That softens the dry skin. It matters little what kind of lotion you use. ( I generally use the least expensive i can find.)

But, be sure to NOT put the lotion between toes. It is usually moist there already and the extra moisture from the lotion may cause bacterial or fungus growth.

Also make sure to thoroughly dry between your toes, for the same reason.

Diabetic neuropathy is a pain (quite literally for me). Tell your Dr about it. S/He'll probably prescribe Gabapentin (aka "Neurontin") to try to take the pain away or at least mask it. They say it takes a while to build up in your system to work., so don't be discouraged if it doesn't work right away. I pray it works for you. It has not for me after 3-4 yrs.

I am now on an antidepressant "Nortryptaline" to mask the pain. That's not working well for me either.

I am now taking a suppliment ALA (Alpha Linolic Acid) to try to reduce the burning. This needs time to build up in my system too.

The BEST thing you can do for your neuropathy is to keep your BG#s in a good range. At least then it won't get worse.

Blessings to you and yours Tazz


Dixiemom 2011-04-11 14:18:32 -0500 Report

I take Cymbalta for the pain and burning in my feet. I tried neurontin and that didn't work. I've been on this for a year and sazo far so good.