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Foot cream

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by stephaniemcd13, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. stephaniemcd13

    stephaniemcd13 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I am a T1 diabetic and have been for 7 years now. I know foot care is essential. However I never apply any creams and I would like to start as my feet have become very dry. I wondered of anyone had strong opinions on which is a good cream please? Also is it worth paying to see a chiropodist?
     
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    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Pipp Type 2 · Moderator
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Be careful of tea tree oil on bare skin, it can cause dermatitis if the skin is sensitised to certain medication etc.

    I know this for fact, as it causes me to break out in it.
     
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    hankjam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    smc4761 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was at podiatrist a few months ago, I have quite hard skin and dry skin. She told me to try Childs Farm mosituriser, which I get at Sainnsburys. OMG within a month you would have thought you were looking at 2 different feet. What a difference.

    My son also suffers from dematitis and it has helped considerably with this

    It is for babies and sensitive skin but is amazing stuff

    https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-...06&gclid=CImd_f6VuOACFQxhGwod2XQOhQ&gclsrc=ds
     
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  9. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. Just small quantities should be applied as it is strong stuff. The oil is already “diluted” within the cream itself. Just a thin application is all that is necessary.

    “Care Tea Tree Oil Cream 25g. Care Tea Tree Oil Cream is a non greasy cream with a wide variety of uses, but is best known for its excellent antiseptic properties. It can be used for the relief of minor cuts, scratches, grazes, rashes, bites, nappy rash and other minor skin irritations.”
     
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    I asked a podiatrist what she thought the best cream was - she said no big deal, just make sure that you use it regularly.
    I would avoid anything with lanolin in it (eg E45 cream) cos sometimes folk get sensitised to the lanolin.
    Flexitol heal balm is good, as is epaderm, Allpresan diabetic foot cream is an aerosol that can be used on broken skin, and is good.
    They can be a bit expensive; would the GP can prescribe something?
    Best wishes
     
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    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Child’s Farm for me too. Use it as a body moisturiser also.
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    @Antechinus is a podiatrist so maybe he can advise.
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, this is the moisturiser I use on my feet (and all over) in the mornings after my shower.

    Just before going to bed I massage my feet with the cheapest thick body cream that I can find which is usually 89p from Home Bargains. (I can't use the thick stuff during the day as it makes my feet slippery in my shoes.)
     
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    hankjam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    My Podman suggests a high urea content is a good thing... not sure why but happy to follow his guidance.
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Ah. Think I have got that. It links up to something I have been told before and our member @Antechinus mentioned. With diabetes the oils generated inside the skin cease to function so this no longer happens. The urea seems to follow along these lines:

    “The urea is then excreted by the kidneys in the urine. Urea is also excreted through sweat, and regular healthy skin has a small amount of urea on the very outer layer. Urea in cosmetics, however, is man-made in the laboratory. Same chemical formula, just synthetically made.”

    Seems to fit together.

    So our feet cease to receive the urea on the outer skin, so it dries up.
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Nice one @hankjam
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Maybe we should just wee on our feet.... or maybe not.;)
     
  19. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Easily done. :D

    Probably accounts for smelly feet syndrome. (the urea sweat that is)
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Contains 10% urea, evidently.
     
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