No Soaking Diabetic Feet

It’s not uncommon to hear our diabetic patients tell us that they like to soak their feet at the end of a long day. It’s understandable why they would want to do this, as diabetes can cause feet to become dry and cracked. Unfortunately a long soak in hot water can actually lead to dryer feet! Hot water, especially water with epsom salts, can strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture, often leaving the feet more dry than before the soak.


We recommend all of our diabetic patients instead apply a moisturizing lotion at the end of the day. Applying a good moisturizing lotion and then putting on clean cotton socks cotton (socks help to hold the moisture in) and elevating the feet will do a much better job of moisturizing the sink than soaking ever will. Make sure to not moisturize between the toes though, as this can promote fungus growth in these areas, such as athlete's foot. The secondary benefit of this is that diabetics can inspect their feet daily while moisturizing, so they can spot any small cuts or scrapes, a danger to diabetic feet.


This daily moisturizing routine will help dry cracked feet to heal over time. Along with regularly scheduled visits to a podiatrist, daily moisturizing is an essential part of any diabetic foot care routine. If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes you can trust the podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Associates to take the best care of your feet and ankle needs. With 18 locations in southeastern Georgia and coastal South Carolina there is an office near you with kind doctors and staff who are ready to help.

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