Pedicures Not Ideal for Diabetic Foot Health
In an article by Centre Daily, Dr. Christina L. Rowe believes if someone is affected by neuropathy, there may be a loss of sensation to the feet. As a result, neuropathic patients might miss something as small as a nail technician’s cut or burn.
This could be serious, as even a minor injury or burn could develop into an infection which could form down the line. Dr. Rowe believes it is best for patients with neuropathy to avoid pedicures altogether as there are natural products which can help and be classified as a safe alternative, essentially saving the patient’s foot in the long run.
The American Diabetes Association describes symptoms of peripheral neuropathy as including a tingling sensation, pain, numbness or weakness in the hands and feet.
Being diabetic makes you especially susceptible to foot problems like ulcers and nerve damage. For instructions about diabetic foot care, talk to podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can help you manage your foot and ankle conditions.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
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