If you have diabetes, you may well suffer from dry feet – causing the skin to peel and crack. It is a common symptom of diabetes, and happens because the nerves that control the oil and moisture in your feet no longer work properly.
There are several things that you can do to ensure and maintain healthy skin on your feet. Here are our 5 top tips…
1. Wash And Dry Carefully
Wash your feet with a mild, neutral soap and warm (not hot) water and rinse well. Dry them attentively, including between your toes. Treat your feet with care and be gentle while you are washing them. Skin which isn’t dried properly can develop conditions such as athlete’s foot – which can become a lot more serious when you have diabetes.
2. Use A Moisturising Lotion
There are many moisturising lotions available for diabetic skin, and your podiatrist will be able to recommend one. The lotion will keep your skin soft and moist. Don’t put the lotion between your toes, as extra moisture there can lead to infection.
3. Keep Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated can help. When your body is healthy and well hydrated, you will see improvements in your skin too. It is recommended that you drink between 1.6-2 litres of water a day.
4. Think Carefully About Your Shoe Choices
People with diabetes are advised not to walk around barefoot, because small cuts and abrasions can lead to far more serious conditions. However, your feet won’t be happy spending all of their time stuffed into shoes. Consider footwear that allows your feet to breathe.
5. See Your Podiatrist Regularly
If you have diabetes, you should see your podiatrist on a weekly basis – and you can always book another appointment if you are particularly worried about your dry feet. Podiatrists are specially trained in diabetic foot care and will be able to help with any issues. Check your feet each day and tell your podiatrist about anything you have noticed – for example, a sore that won’t heal or any signs of redness or swelling.
Diabetes And Dry Feet? Here’s What You Shouldn’t Do…
Advice for dry skin on feet often includes using harsh chemicals or metal files to remove it. If you have diabetes – or suspect that you might – you should avoid these. Any small cuts or abrasions can easily develop into much more serious conditions in a person with diabetes.
Persistent dry skin can also lead to infections, so always make sure that you raise any concerns with your podiatrist. Keeping your feet healthy is vital – and your podiatrist is here to help.At Northwich Foot Clinic, our team of experienced podiatrists are adept at treating dry feet caused by diabetes. We provide tailored care packages that will meet your individual needs, and we are audited and accredited by the College of Podiatry. To book your first appointment, use our simple online booking form or call us on 01606 45077.