Patients with diabetes have a high risk for developing dry feet for a couple reasons. One reason is nerve damage, which can prevent skin from remaining soft and moist. Poor blood circulation is another reason that dry skin can occur. Preventing dry skin is important because when your skin becomes dry, it can form cracks which allow germs to enter into the foot and cause infection. It is important to pay attention to your feet, especially if you have diabetes, in order to prevent dryness that which leads to more serious foot problems.
Below are some simple tips that can be used daily to prevent dry feet:
- Clean your feet carefully. It’s crucial to keep feet clean to prevent fungal conditions from developing. However, if you have diabetes, make sure you shower and cleanse in warm water as hot water can cause feet to dry out. Keep your bathing to once a day to avoid natural foot oils from being dried out. A soap that includes moisturizer can also beneficial for maintaining moist and soft feet.
- Avoid too much exfoliation. It is okay to use a washcloth to clean your feet while bathing, but be sure to use it gently. Also, pat your feet dry instead of rubbing them dry to help keep moisture intact.
- Moisturize! Generously apply rich moisturizing cream to your feet after washing. If you suffer from extremely dry feet, try using oil before putting on moisturizer. However, do not leave too much moisturizer. The spaces between your toes should still be dry so that fungus cannot grow easily.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated. Occasionally running a humidifier in your home can also help maintain moisture.
If you have diabetes remember that dry feet can be a common occurrence. Follow these tips to maintain moisturized feet to prevent further foot problems from happening to you! Want more tips to keep feet soft and healthy? Give our office a call today! If you don’t see improvement by using these solutions, be sure to call our office to set up an appointment to consult with Dr. Danciger about further treatment or more serious health conditions.