Foot problems are very common in people with diabetes and can lead to serious complications. As always, prevention is the best medicine. A good daily foot care regimen will help keep your feet healthy. Start by assembling a foot care kit containing nail clippers, nail file, lotion, a pumice stone and a non-breakable hand mirror. Having everything you need in one place makes it easier to follow this foot care routine every day:
- Wash your feet in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap. Don’t soak your feet, as this can dry your skin.
- While your feet are still wet, use a pumice stone to keep calluses under control.
- Dry your feet carefully, especially between your toes.
- Thoroughly check your feet and between your toes to make sure there are no cuts, cracks, ingrown toenails, blisters, etc. Use a hand mirror to see the bottom of your feet, or ask someone else to check them for you.
- Clean cuts or scratches with mild soap and water, and cover with a dry dressing suitable for sensitive skin.
- Trim your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges. Don’t cut the nails too short.
- Apply un-perfumed Flexitol Heel Balm to your heels and soles. Wipe off excess lotion that is not absorbed. Don’t put lotion between your toes, as the excessive moisture can promote infection.
- Wear fresh clean socks and well-fitting shoes every day. Whenever possible, wear white socks – if you have a cut or sore, the drainage will be easy to see.
Flexitol Heel Balm’s unique formula contains 25% chemically synthesized Urea in a highly concentrated, moisturizing and emollient base to soften dry, cracked heels and feet. The combination of emollient ingredients actively replenishes moisture deep below the surface of the skin, promoting a visibly healthier skin in just three days application. In addition to its use for dry and cracked heels, Flexitol Heel Balm can be applied daily as a preventative moisturizer to help you keep your feet soft, smooth and supple and avoid painful cracks and dryness which can lead to more serious issues.
Flexitol Blistop Blister Prevention Spray is also an excellent product to help prevent blisters from forming. People with diabetes are less likely to feel a foot injury like a blister and these can quickly become infected, potentially leading to serious complications. About 60 to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes.
Flexitol is extremely effective in the treatment of very dry and cracked skin on the heels and balls of the feet, and is often recommended to patients by health professionals including dermatologists, chiropodists and diabetes educators.
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