In the case of diabetes, dry skin is especially concerning. Sure, cracks and fissures increase the risk of infection (which is bad enough on its own), but skin breakdown from calluses can lead to dangerous diabetic foot ulcers!
No matter if you have existing condition like diabetes or not, it’s a smart idea to use simple prevention measures to keep you safe from harm.
Sensible prevention steps include:
- Limit the time and temperatures of your baths or showers. Long, hot showers or soaks strips the moisture from your body.
- Wear shoes and socks that wick moisture and allow your feet to breathe. We’ve discussed specific socks that our office favors on the blog before, but it is worth mentioning again that moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes go a long way toward keeping your feet properly moisturized. (Not too much, not too little!)
- Moisturize after bathing or showering. With regards to moisturizers, choose products made from natural fats, instead of petroleum ingredients. Urea cream and shea butter lotions are kinds we strongly recommend. These kinds of moisturizers are long-lasting, unlike the petroleum-based ones you should apply every couple of hours.
To accompany that last dry skin prevention measure, let’s go back to the earlier question about why there isn’t a “National Foot Massage Day.”
Since no one else has formally staked a claim to this noble cause, we’re going to start! Here is our official proclamation:
“Whereas your feet are incredibly hardworking and deserve some extra care and attention, we declare every third Friday of the month to henceforth be known as ‘National Foot Massage Day (of the Month).’ On this day, you and a spouse, loved one, or friend (of your choosing) shall take turns giving each other a foot massage.
When it is your turn to receive the massage, you are hereby instructed to relax, take your mind off of any stressful matters, and just enjoy the 5-10 minutes of pure bliss.
Upon your turn to give the massage, you are hereby instructed to use an appropriate moisturizer, really work the thumbs, and look over your spouse/loved one/friend’s feet to make sure there are no abnormal spots or discolorations. Performing an inspection can potentially catch problems that could become bigger problems over time. Giving a quality foot massage (and inspection) is a serious responsibility, but we know you have it in you to perform a first-class job.”
If you have any questions about caring for your feet, National Foot Massage Day (of the Month), or need to schedule an appointment, simply give us a call at (317) 545-0505.