Diabetic Foot Care

By DIABETES HEALTH TIPS Latest Reply 2014-07-05 18:15:08 -0500
Started 2014-06-28 11:18:37 -0500

Hello my name is Monica with type 2 diabetes. I want to know what is the best way to take care of my feet. The heels of my feet are really rough and dry what products can I use to soften my rough heels without causing any harm to my feet.

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DIABETES HEALTH TIPS 2014-06-29 10:05:03 -0500 Report

I am thankful to you all for your advice and responses…I'm loving this site!!! Any advice on your daily foods…Well my weakness is sweets and I do tend to not eat what I suppose to eat or drink at times,but I am getting better at trying to eat healthier. I do get discourage because not only do I have T2 diabetes,I have high blood pressure,and high cholesterol and I often question what to eat… it gets hard at times.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-05 18:15:08 -0500 Report

I look at it this way. How much do you value your health and your life if you were to put a price tag on it? If you value it more than anything you will eat healthier. When people say they are trying to eat healthier to me means they do it when they choose to do so which could be once or twice a week. You should speak with a diabetes educator and a registered dietitian.

I now have high blood pressure and my cholesterol went up. I have adjusted my meal plan. Eating properly and managing your diabetes is hard because you choose to make it hard. I am T2 and because I value my health and life, I chose not to make it hard and knuckled down and change my entire lifestyle. Now my blood sugar is under very good control.

haoleboy 2014-06-29 15:42:03 -0500 Report

Managing your "ABC's" (A1c, Blood pressure, Cholesterol) is common for a lot of type 2 diabetics … certainly is for me.
For me the 'secret' has been exercise and eating a high fiber low carb diet. Doing that I have managed to get the A1c to 5.8 (still taking Metformin 500 mg 2x daily), go from 20 mg Lisinopril to 5 mg (hope to be off them soon) and maintain normal blood pressure, get off Pravachol and maintain excellent cholesterol numbers.
Once you get the diet worked out and get into a routine it's not that bad and the rewards are certainly worth it. Despite some fairly major complications I am in the best health of my life and I feel great.
It's certainly not easy … but you can do it!


debimzadi 2014-06-28 22:32:51 -0500 Report

I have always had trouble with dry skin. My feet have been particularly bad. I've used a callous shaver for years (since my podiatrist taught me how). I was diagnosed T2 about 6 months ago. I have continued my normal routine.

Reading this makes me wonder if I should do something different.

Type1Lou 2014-06-28 18:18:45 -0500 Report

A pharmacist had recommended an OTC body lotion called Amlactin which worked quite well. Also, as diabetics, we are cautioned to never go barefoot, and some also deem wearing sandals questionable, but, living in Florida, I have trouble giving up the sandals.

Pegsy 2014-06-28 14:36:12 -0500 Report

I need this info too. My dietician said NO pedicures at the salon. I wonder if using a pumice stone is OK.

jayabee52 2014-06-28 16:06:34 -0500 Report

the best idea would be speaking to a foot Dr about it.

I doubt however, that a pumice stone would go deep enough to get you into any real trouble

jayabee52 2014-06-28 13:53:14 -0500 Report

Howdy Monica

What NOT to do is as important to know as what to do. Don't under any circumstances use a blade or rasp (like a "Pediegg") to your foot. You could cut too deep and cause an injury or even cause an infection. Use the foot cremes suggested by the others. It may seem to take too long to get that callused heel softened, but it would be better than dealing with a wound.

Me? I just use regular lotion from a 99 cent store.

God's best to you and yours
James Baker

neverlowbg 2014-06-28 11:30:29 -0500 Report

Not as expensive as a wound on the foot I use it too someone suggested it here a while back when I asked and it has worked great

kimfing 2014-06-28 15:32:10 -0500 Report

I love this stuff. Also use gold bond body lotion for diabetics. Very true about it being expensive than a wound!

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