Safer Pedicure Tips for Diabetic Patients

What’s more relaxing than a foot bath and pedicure? It’s a refreshing experience even for people with diabetes! If you have diabetes, you know that your feet and feet can be affected by it in a number of ways, including,

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Neuropathy
  • Ulcers
  • Thick toe nails and more

Diabetes can reduce blood circulation and damage the nerves to the feet. By taking proper care of your feet with a regular pedicure , foot problems can be avoided.

Here we’ve listed a few pedicure safety tips for diabetics to reduce infection risks and enjoy a more pleasant experience.

  • Consult your doctor prior to your nail appointment, if you currently have any infections, cuts, or open sores on your legs, feet, or toenails.
  • Avoid shaving your legs for a day or two before your pedicure as it can leave tiny nicks in your skin which increases the chances of infection.
  • Choose a salon that is clean and follows impeccable sanitation and sterilization procedures. Make sure that the foot baths, clippers, and other tools are cleaned and disinfected between customers.
  • Schedule a morning appointment so that you are one of the first customers.
  • Request for a CMP nail technician, they can customize their nail services and be very gentle and avoid doing anything that can scratch or injure the skin.
  • Skip any nail services that can injure your skin, and avoid any sharp instruments on your skin or under your toenails.
  • Ask the nail technician to be very gentle as vigorous scrubbing can easily scratch or leave microscopic tears in the skin, making you more susceptible to infection.
  • Daily foot care for diabetics.
  • Check your feet daily for signs of swelling, redness or heat – these may be signs of infection.
  • Wash your feet daily and dry well between the toes.
  • Ask your CMP about products that will prevent the problematic moisture between your toes.
  • Ask your CMP about moisturizing products designed for dry skin, especially cracked heels but not between the toes.
  • Never go barefoot.
  • Avoid injury by wearing well-fitting, protective shoes – do not wear open-toed shoes.
  • Keep toenails trimmed. Cut toenails along the shape of the toe and file rough edges.