Epsom Salts

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-12-18 00:27:48 -0600
Started 2008-12-12 14:24:36 -0600

I have always soaked my feet in warm water with epsom salts. I read today that we are NEVER to use epsom salts. Does anyone know why?

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gmm11 2015-12-18 00:27:48 -0600 Report

Diabetes: Steps for Foot-Washing - Topic Overview

Because you have diabetes, you need to wash your feet carefully each day. Post this list of proper foot-washing steps in your bathroom.

Wash and dry your feet

Use warm (not hot) water. Check the water temperature with your wrists, not your feet. You can soak your feet for about 10 minutes if you want to.
Wash all areas of your feet, especially the underside of your toes and between them. Use a mild soap.
Pat your feet dry. Don't rub the skin on your feet.
Dry carefully between your toes. If the skin on your feet stays moist, bacteria or a fungus can grow, which can lead to infection.
After washing

Apply lanolin or other moisturizing skin cream to keep the skin on your feet soft and to prevent calluses and cracks. But do not put the cream between your toes.
Clean underneath your toenails carefully. Do not use a sharp object to clean underneath your toenails. If you can't see well, have someone do this for you or have your foot specialist do it regularly.
Trim and file your toenails straight across. Trimming them straight across instead of rounding them will help prevent ingrown toenails. Use a nail clipper, not scissors. Use an emery board to smooth the edges. Do not use a sharp-pointed file or stick to clean around the nail. If you can't see well or if your nails are thick, split, or yellowed, have them trimmed by your doctor or a foot specialist (podiatrist).
Use a pumice stone to prevent calluses only if your doctor has shown you how to use it properly.
Put on clean socks daily.
Do not use strong antiseptic soaps, chemicals (such as Epsom salt; iodine; or corn, callus, or wart removers), or perfumed skin lotions on your feet.
Do not cut or pick at the skin (cuticles) around your toenails.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

2008-12-13 15:18:31 -0600 Report

Thank you for this posting. This is new information to me, so I will make sure not to use Epsom salts. I would never have given this a second thought.

GabbyPA 2008-12-12 17:29:18 -0600 Report

I have a nice foot bath and I always used epsom salts because my podiatrist told me to. Now that was before diabetes and neuropathy...I figured it might have to do with drying out my skin. I wonder if something from Aveeno would be good. The moisture from the oats works great on my skin.

The Tide idea is intersting, but Tide makes me break out in a rash. What do you think is in it that works, and could I get it in another source?

Anonymous 2008-12-12 17:41:14 -0600 Report

Tide breaks me out too. I like the Aveeno idea.

BeckyJ 2008-12-13 08:14:48 -0600 Report

I have heard this one previously. I too am allergic to Tide so I tried it with Purex…worked great at softening the calluses and cracked heels I get. I asked the nurse before trying and she said it sounded okay but that Epsom salt was a no no due to drying out the feet. I have also tried the Aveno and it works ok but the Purex worked better. Try either…it feels wonderful and is very relaxing. I use it on the nights when I can't sleep well. Be careful about the temp, not too hot, and amout of detergent…I just used a small dollop. You can also try adding some tea tree oil if you only use a drop or so.

GabbyPA 2008-12-13 08:19:51 -0600 Report

That sounds great. I like the idea of tea tree oil. I wonder if some mint would be refreshing as well. I didn't think about doing oils. Thanks!

Anonymous 2008-12-13 09:37:42 -0600 Report

Yes Gabby, have you ever noticed alot of the foot stuff is peppermint or some mint flavored. Good idea. I do not understand the detergent but I use Purex all the time, so I will try it.

Anonymous 2008-12-12 15:41:00 -0600 Report

Last year for Christmas my husband got me a Foot Bubble Soaker. You fill with warm water, can add bubble bath, turn it on. It is like a jacuzzi bath for your feet. I love it because I can no longer take a bath just showers and it feels so good all the bubbles and the vibrsting and on the bottom are little nubs you can rub over to get the blood flowing in your feet. the more problems I get with neuropathy it really feels good. He got it a Wal Mart but I do not know for how much.

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Meridian - 26751 2008-12-12 15:33:16 -0600 Report

Epsom Salts may desensitize your feet and dry them out. My doctor has me soak mine in warm water with a bit of Tide detergent. It really feels good and works wonders on softening calluses

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-12 15:20:01 -0600 Report

I was told too never soak my feet in epsom salt. They always say to wash with warm water and examine my feet everyday and make sure I dry them well. Make sure I dry between all my toes.
The reason for using the warm water is so if you have neuropathy you can't burn our feet. Thats is the only reason I could think of for the warm water…Debe

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