In general, it’s safe to get manicures or pedicures at a spa or nail salon if you have diabetes that’s well-controlled, says Fred Williams, MD.
Keeping this in view, how do diabetics pedicure their feet?
Here are six do’s and don’ts for properly pedicuring a diabetic feet.
- Do ask every client if they’re diabetic. …
- Don’t soak the feet for more than five minutes. …
- Do let the products do the work. …
- Don’t cut or push back the cuticle. …
- Do use moisturizing products with urea and anti-microbial agents.
Furthermore, how do diabetics cut their toenails?
Cut toenails after bathing, when they are soft. Trim them straight across, then smooth with a nail file. Avoid cutting into the corners of toes. Don’t let the corners of your toenails grow into the skin.
Should diabetics wear flip flops?
Steer clear of sandals, flip–flops, or other open-toe shoes. Straps can put pressure on parts of your foot, leading to sores and blisters. Open-toe shoes can make you prone to injuries like cuts. It’s also easier for gravel and small stones to get inside them.
Peripheral neuropathy, numbness, tingling and/or pain in the lower extremities can complicate your diabetes treatments. In addition, poor circulation can lead to diabetic leg sores, swelling and difficulty healing of any open skin area.
Although a nice, rounded cut is often preferred over a square clipping, diabetics must be careful making curved clips. Cutting too far into the corners of your toenails can lead to the formation of ingrown nails, oftentimes leading to an infection.
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t have a tattoo, but before deciding to have one done you must be well and ensure that your diabetes is well controlled. High blood sugar levels, for example, can complicate the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
Pedicure problems can happen to anyone, but if you have type 2 diabetes, you need to be especially careful about protecting your feet. An infection can raise your blood sugar levels, which, in turn, can interfere with proper healing and increase your risk of serious complications like ulcers or even amputation.
Vinegar is also not appropriate for treating wounds on the foot. People who have diabetes should avoid using vinegar for foot problems. Although diabetes can cause a range of foot conditions, including warts and athlete’s foot, these will often require specialist care.
Numbness or tingling can be present with many different physical conditions. Examples include peripheral neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. Emotional conditions like anxiety disorders or panic attacks may also cause physical symptoms such as these.
Nail clipping or cutting requires an order from the nurse. DO NOT cut or clip nails if skin around them is reddened, swollen or showing other signs of infection. DO NOT clip toenails. 2.
The first toenail change you’ll notice in diabetic patients is likely to be discoloration. Most have some yellowing of the nails, though the shade and involvement can vary. Discoloring may start at the distal edge (tip), and run all the way to the root of the nail bed.
Myth: People with diabetes can’t cut their own toenails
Not true: the general advice on toenail cutting applies to everyone. If you have diabetes you should keep your nails healthy by cutting them to the shape of the end of your toes. Don’t cut them straight across, curved down the sides, or too short.
Signs of Diabetic Foot Problems
- Changes in skin color.
- Changes in skin temperature.
- Swelling in the foot or ankle.
- Pain in the legs.
- Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal or are draining.
- Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
- Corns or calluses.
- Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.