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Foot spa ?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by mo1905, May 3, 2013.

  1. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Hi, I get very dry and cracked feet so I thought I'd buy a foot spa. Went on Argos website and found one, looked on details and there was written "not recommended for those with diabetes, varicose veins........."
    Anyone know why ? I thought it would help !
     
  2. WhitbyJet

    WhitbyJet · Well-Known Member

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    Its because us diabetics sometimes lose sensation in our extremities; if we have lost sensitivity to hot and cold, then a foot spa (or hot water bottle) can burn before we realize it has occurred.
    That, however, is for people who have in fact lost sensation in their feet; if you know that your feet are fine (make sure your doctor/nurse check your feet), then there's no reason not to use one.
     
  3. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Thanks for reply. That makes sense.
     
  4. WhitbyJet

    WhitbyJet · Well-Known Member

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    Mo, dont forget to use a good moisturiser/cream on your feet to prevent dry, hard and cracked skin.
     
  5. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Thanks, I do moisturise but still very dry. I use Dove ! Any idea of a better one ? I've tried the Scholl cracked foot stuff and not much luck.
     
  6. Sunshine_Kisses

    Sunshine_Kisses · Well-Known Member

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    I know it might sound odd, but I rub really generous amounts of coconut oil into my feet last thing at night, then sleep with socks on so it all gets absorbed... Seems to help - and you could probably use olive oil too :)


    Diagnosed Type 2, 22nd Feb 2013
    Hba1c 7.5
    Three month trial of managing through diet & exercise.
    Low carb, pescatarian
    Trying various supplements!
     
  7. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Thanks Sunshine. Never thought of using olive oil. Once a week enough ?
     
  8. WhitbyJet

    WhitbyJet · Well-Known Member

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    I use Body Butters from the Body Shop or Foot Cream from Lush, apply it thickly, put on a pair of socks and leave overnight, my feet are baby soft the next day, or try E45.
     
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    Sunshine_Kisses · Well-Known Member

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    If they're really bad then do it a few times a week - then once they're in good nick you can just do it once a week or fortnight - here's a link: http://www.mybeautyonline.com/homemade- ... -feet.html

    :)


    Diagnosed Type 2, 22nd Feb 2013
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    Three month trial of managing through diet & exercise.
    Low carb, pescatarian
    Trying various supplements!
     
  10. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Sunshine_Kisses · Well-Known Member

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    No probs! :)


    Diagnosed Type 2, 22nd Feb 2013
    Hba1c 7.5
    Three month trial of managing through diet & exercise - low-ish carb, pescatarian and attempting to become a runner ;-)
     
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    Sorry, am now having a hard time NOT picturing Mo1905 giving himself a pedicure & a nice shade of polish on his toenails!
     
  13. carty

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    I give my feet a VERY gentle rub with a pumice after washing and then a thin coat of vaseline seems to work wonders I put the vaseline on every day but only pumice about once a week .I have beautiful smooth tootsies :lol:
    CAROL
     
  14. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    mo
    Bernstein is against soaking diabetic feet as softening the skin might make it vulnerable to infection. I usually follow Bernstein, but not in this matter. I swim 3 times most weeks, and don't worry. I know I keep my blood glucose DOWN and have normal sensitivity in my feet.
    Hana
    PS if I ever develop neuropathy, I might think again.
     
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    I use a foot spa and add a little olive oil and lavendar to the water. I recently discovered Flexitol Heel Balm which is the best moisturiser I've ever tried

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  16. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Trust me, you would not like to see this lol !


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    I'll second that, after a week the feet are soft like a baby's :)
     
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