Diabetics, hand and foot care

By DonnaM Latest Reply 2009-10-23 09:26:14 -0500
Started 2009-10-22 18:17:01 -0500

Manicures & Pedicures, is it safe for Diabetics to go to salons or better off going to Podiatrist?

7 replies

MarineMomX2 2009-10-23 09:26:14 -0500 Report

I've been using the same salon for a number of years and when I became diabetic I told them right off. They gave me my own set of tools they use when I come in and keep them in a numbered box and used on no one else. They sanitize them before I leave and then again when I come back in. The woman who does my pedicure has been so helpful to me. She notices changes on my feet sometime before I do and she's helped the 'ingrown' problem I have regularly. One thing particular is to never let them use the razor/blade on your feet. The stone is safer, you certainly don't want any added cuts. I've never been to a podiatrist, but probably should one day. However, I know the danger of an unhealed wound. My mom had one for years that never would heal. What's important is to communicate with the people who you have perform this service and keep yourself aware in the changes that occur to your feet and hands. We all should be doing that.

ptsparkle 2009-10-22 20:50:21 -0500 Report

I would choose a podiatrist over a salon, unless you have heard good thing about it. Most salons should be safe for pedicures. I would ask if the clippers are sterilized. The podiatrist will trim, but you won't get the whole salon service. But, he can check for any problems you might not know about.

Judimar 2009-10-23 03:48:17 -0500 Report


If you go to a salon please inform them that you are diabetic. As far as sanitization goes, any equipment used on a person should be sanitized and disinfected after each use. They do this by placing the instruments in barbicide or alcohol.

Check the salon out and be sure you are comfortable with whomever is doing the service.

I think that my doctor advises me to go to a podiatrist once a year. I am sure this will vary with each person and the condition of their feet etc.

Please understand that going to a salon is a nice option if you want a pampering.. they usually trim the nails and file them and then give you a very nice massage. Also understand that you will get varying opinions in this threads… in the end you will have to make your own decisions on this. Trust yourself and your instincts.

Good luck!


PS They will also polish the nails (optional) and may even push the cuticles back and trim them up as well.. I do believe this is optional… so if you aren't comfortable with them doing so let them know.

lipsie 2009-10-22 20:34:16 -0500 Report

I have heard both ways. But the salons do have to pass inspections I am sure so I dunno. I don't do it, but I just can't afford it really I guess is why I never tried. But going to a Podiatrist is good cuz they can make sure you are safe n sound. I sure do that myself…have to get shots in the feet sometimes too. Good luck! Sheila

tomrrrrrgh 2009-10-22 20:28:04 -0500 Report

Nothing works as well on my feeet as plain old vaseline. Without doing this my feet crack so bad I can hardly walk.

Harlen 2009-10-22 18:47:56 -0500 Report

I know I am a man but I like getting my feet done lol I havent had any problems with doing it I like my feet lol

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-10-22 19:47:59 -0500 Report

I never had a manicure or pedicure, but I use a foot scrub to get rid of dry skin plus use gold bond lotion to get them
moistoureized. Dan

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