Foot Care

By TsalagiLenape Latest Reply 2011-10-17 06:37:35 -0500
Started 2011-10-13 07:40:27 -0500

A friend of mine Lady L has been told not to use epson salts with warm water to help the pain in her feet. She is taking perkocepts for awhile now. She also has been told not to put lotion or anything else on her feet. I am confused on that as well. You see I thought if you used epsom salts with warm water to ease the aches and pains of your feet. To dry thoroughly afterwards. My Mom did this for many years. Mainly for the broken ankle she got from working in 1981. Plus I used to use Baby Magic lotion on her feet to massage them after walking too long shopping. I personally use cocoa butter and vicks vapor rub on occasion. The latter helps with the callouses and keeping my feet mainly from cracks and etc. My podiatrist told me to use the vicks for this reason. So what can I tell my friend? She has no internet access right now so any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Also she doesnt have a podiatrist either as of now hope to change that. Thank you

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pixsidust 2011-10-14 20:56:37 -0500 Report

Salts of any kind period. Epsom, bath, table salt…
soften the skin and of course lotion them up.
Soak and lotion away!

kiltimagh 2011-10-14 10:11:23 -0500 Report

My podiatrist sells DPM cream which is made by Doak Dermatologics. I also use Heel Tastic that I get from Sally's Beauty Supply on rough and cracked heels. I apply it at night and wear socks to bed. If I am faithful, I am pleased with the results.

jayabee52 2011-10-13 15:39:16 -0500 Report

My podiatrist recommended the use of Vicks Vaporub to combat fungus on the feet.

As a Certified Nurse Aide I was instructed in the care of people with diabetes. We were told to dry between the toes thoroughly, and NEVER to put lotion of any kind between toes to prevent fungus or bacteria to grow there.

I had not heard of the ban on the use of epson saltsroe PWDs.


GabbyPA 2011-10-13 08:54:28 -0500 Report

There are 100's of things we are advised to do in this. I used to use Epsom salts, but my podiatrist recommended that I use Listerine instead. It kills the germs that can cause stinky, not really. But it does kill the germs that tend to cause fungus in the nails. I was told the Epsoms can dry out my soles, but I have to say I still use them from time to time. Nothing soothes my feet more.

To keep my soles soft and supple, I use a heel balm after and I also use Lamisil on my toe nails, as I am prone to fungus on my big toes. The Lamisil I do use between my toes, but only after they have been dried carefully.

These things have helped me a lot. I used to have dry cracked heels and now I have nice looking feet, except for my Godzilla toenails that are a constant battle. I tell you, once you have had a surgery on nails, it is impossible to get them to look good again. Oh well, I wear closed toe shoes, so I guess no one will know. LOL

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-13 11:14:22 -0500 Report

Having worked an a dairy farm I found "Udderly Smooth Udder Cream" is a great moisturizing cream, not greasy like most balms, years ago when my dad was confined to bed he ended up with a bed sore, when the Doctor saw how fast it healed with this cream he had the nursing home start buying it for others in the home

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