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Whether you feel you have nice feet or not, your feet are an important part of your life. My grandmother used to tell me that my feet were my foundation. As you know, if the foundation cracks or collapses the whole building is in trouble.
I have calloused feet and decided recently it would be nice to try having a pedicure. I had never had one before and now I can say I have had three. With the first pedicure my feet looked great and I enjoyed the experience.
With the second, the manicurist cut the skin on the side of my big toe and it became infected. Being vain and enjoying the looks of having pretty coral painted toenails when I wear my sandals, I tried another pedicure and the manicurist clipped my skin again and drew blood.
If you have diabetes, this is not a good thing. What's a person to do?
At my previous employment as a diabetes educator, we instructed our patients to never get a pedicure. Realistically, I don't know how many people follow this advice.
When you have diabetes, any injury to your feet is a major concern. An injury is an open invitation for an infection. An infection can lead to higher blood sugars and higher blood sugars can interfere with the healing process, which can lead to ulcers and potential amputation. This means you need to take good care of your feet and avoid injury.
Here are some recommendations for individuals who decide to go ahead and have a pedicure. This was taken from an article about pedicures in the "Diabetes Forecast" October 2008 issue.
Your thoughts? Is it worth the risk?
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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When I injured my leg and could not bend the knee to take care of my feet, I began searching for a pedicure salon. Most use the fancy chairs, but as I was unable to bend the knee, I could not use them. I found a pedicurist in my neighborhood who uses a bucket. Helen uses a new plastic bag to line the bucket for each customer. I purchased a new set of all the tools she uses, and bring them for each appointment.
Helen has ever cut me, and works for 15 solid minutes on all of my calluses - with the razor if I want, but more with the pumice.
When I see Helen, I get 45 minutes of foot care, and painted toenails. She charges $20. When I went to the doctor, I got 5 minutes of callous care only,for $50.
A pedicure has become an important part of my health care routine.
Oh Ms Nancy, you are so on point. I got cut on the side of my big toe and blood shot every where. Then the owner had the nerve to say "if you go to doctor, don't come back here". Moreover, expected me to pay for the service. I was outraged. Needless to say, I never went back. It took weeks for this to heal. Later I found out that those handheld peelers were banned in the State of GA.
I never sought anything legal. I was just glad that my toe healed.
So sorry you had such a tramatic experience!
You have done some homework but I would add look for a CMP ( Certified Master Pedicurist) when looking for foot care services for a diabetic.
A CMP is a professional who has advanced training in skin and nail issues related to disorders and diseases that effect the foot, such as diabetes.
Not only are they licensed but they are highly skilled and hold themselves to strict sanitation standards.
I have taken a pedicure course, advanced pedicure, Infection Control, then went onto skin & nail pathology diabetic foot syndrome . It was an amazing course and so many people could learn from it. my clients (half of them diabetics)love their pedicures and having their feet taking care of . And I think if you take the time have the schooling, and have the right set up , the correct tools and listen to your client, nothing should go wrong.
this is what I took, look into it... North American School of Podology
I have artificial knees and arthritis and it is extremely difficult to do my own toes.
As a therapist I was trained that diabetes is a contra-indication for pedicures. I personally would not take that risk? It's not worth it for the client,or the clinic and its insurance policy.
I love pedicures but honestly can only get them like once a year and I keep up with them after that by doing home pedicures. When I do go, even before I became diabetic I always cut my own nails before I go. I have a thing with people cutting my nails lol
I've been getting pedicures since about 9 months after I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It has been the best!!!!! My feet feel better, (haven't had any problems with cracking feet and never have), and I feel better. The sea salt scrub on the legs helps so much. I highly recommend getting one on a regular basis.
I just found out that I"am pre-diabetic no salons can nick you. I never thought
Of all these things trying to get as much information on things now I know
Pedicure&manicure. Shouldn't"t done thank you for your advice
Hi everybody! I'm 65 yrs old and I've had Type 1 diabetes for 54 yrs. I can't reach or see well enough to do my own toenails, so I do get pedicures regularly. It took me a while to decide on a salon...some that I checked out refused to take me when I told them I was a diabetic (I guess they're afraid of lawsuits) so I stopped telling people that I'm a diabetic. I don't want to say I've been "lucky" so far because I don't believe in luck, so let's just say the Universe has been with me. My doctor checks me feet on every visit and all is Aok up til now.
I absolutely love your website - Thanks for creating it. See ya at the beach......
I have been a foot care nurse for almost 20 years. I now have a nonprofit organization, The Coastside Footcare Alliance, located in Half Moon Bay, CA, where I will be providing free medically oriented preventive foot care services, nail trimming and callus reduction, at least one day a month to start. As I get more nurses trained, the hours can be expanded.
Most nurses in this country are not aware that we can ( and SHOULD ) be providing this potentially limb and life saving service to our patients.I The buck has to stop somewhere.. and that somewhere should be in the hands of a certified foot care nurse!
I'm a senior citizen on Medicare, with Kaiser. You can schedule with the podiatry Dept. to get your toenails cut correctly.
I visited the site, www.westerilize.com, and found categories for MNT (Medical Nail Technician), but there was no listed under any state. This would have been a good resource if there was anyone listed. I live in DC and I am going to check out a salon in Silver Spring, MD that offers Medically/Diabetic Foot Pedicure.
I am a diabetic and I go to a salon for pedicures and have never had a problem. I go to Smooth Operator's in Cranston, RI and the place is immaculate! My nail tech does a great job and my feet feel so much better when I leave there.
I used Sally Hansen's Pedicure In A Minute to get the dead skin off my feet. Anyone can help you with this and it has a built in moisturizing so your feet feel silky after.
For thick nails, I use Nonyx Nail Gel. It takes some time, put it on twice a day, but it sure does keep my nails from getting thicker.
It's important to keep the dead skin off your feet, however you do it.
I recommend my patients if they decide to get a pedicure to go early in the morning or late in the evening and not to go during rush hour (sanitation process 15-20minutes). Also to bring their own equipment and inform them that she/he has diabetes. Keep an eye on the work and if something bothers you let them know, don't be afraid; after all your paying for a service is not free.
I have had diabetes for a long time now (15 years) and I have an occasional pedicure. I would have them more often but I'm afraid of infection. Recently, I learned that beauty schools that offer pedicures practice strict state-mandated sanitation methods. In addition, they don't cut the cuticle or the nail, they file the nail and push back the cuticle. Does anyone have experience with beauty school pedicures?
I give myself pedicures. After showering, I use the pumice, rub in lotion, then put on socks. I never go barefoot either.
I really need a pedicure as my nails are in terrible condition. As I'm calling around asking "Do you offer a diabetic pedicure." I don't know what to expect. One salon told me they autoclave their instruments, another that they soak everything in alcohol before and after. I asked about foot soaking as I've been told not to soak my feet, but wasn't sure what the specifications should be.
So thank you, because now I know what questions to ask and what to look for.
I practiced podiatry for 41 years (4 years in the US Army) and I have seen many cases of paronychia generated out of careless salons. I would suggest seeing a podiatrist for any nail problem when your not sure if a salon should be taking care of it. As of yet, I have not seen a podiatric practitioner who paints the nails, however. There can be problems with the nails in individuals who insist on keeping polish on 24/7-365. Both toe nails and finger nails need to be open to the air for a few weeks several times a year.
I have used salons and have always informed them that I am a Diebetic...recently I have developed splitting and peeling of the top layer on both my big toes this has been going on for about 3 months.Any suggestions bout this!
black garlic helping regulate blood sugar
anyone sick of diabetes , they can try it ,will be their great helper
I go to a reputable salon that sterilizes equipment. I have informed them I have diabetes so they can be extra careful. I feel I am at less risk of gutting cut at the salon than if I cut my nails myself. And, I am vain and like the way my feet look when done :-) However, if I felt there was a risk to my health, I would not do it.
The main issue with lotion between the toes is: if there is a glob of lotion between the toes there is a moist and dark enviroment for bacteria and fungus to grow.
I am Type 2 Diabetic managed by diet and exercise. I also have neuropathy in my feet. I see a Podiatrist every 6 weeks . He tells me of numerous problems going to a nail salon. Since they dont use sterilized tools for each person, and that the tubs used for soaking are never cleaned completely, so bacteria is growing there.Beware!
I do not understand the problem medical professionals are creating about putting lotion between the toes when a person has diabetes.
The skin need lotion all over to prevent chaping, drying and feeling horrible!
Please explain this to me.
I have been a diabetic for 27 years, now on a pump. I have a pedicure every 3 months. I find that the cracked skin can also lead to bleeding and sore feet, not to mention ingrown nails. I have never been nicked on my feet, however, I did get a nick on my cuticle with a manicure recently and it took weeks to heal. It's all good now.
I'm diabetic and I've been getting "free" visits to a podiatrist every two months from my insurance plan. I would suggest avoiding salons and manicurists, and going to podiatrists. They sterilize their tools and know about foot problems and diseases, far more than a salon manicurist ever would.
I am not diabetic but I know people who are, I am an older man who likes pedicures mainly because I cannot always reach my feet long enough to clip the nails properly and had bad ingrown nails when I was young. Painting is not required, but the foot care (bath, leg massage, heated massage chair) is worth the looks I get and men don't know what they are missing. I have intorduced pedicures to my diabetic friends one of whom is an older woman who had never experienced this even though she became diabetic a number of years ago. She said it is the most wonderful thing, along with going to a spa that has healing pools where you can do some gentle moving like water-robics which is a low-impact exercise. Care, care, and care are the most important aspects of treatment by yourself or another. Find a salon that you examine and feel comfortable with, have a friend go with you perhaps. Communicate with the practicioner, if language is a problem make sure they understand, or find someone who does. The benefits of this are worth the effort to be sure you are safe. My friends sense of self-worth, feeling beautiful and cared-for is a big part of her health. Be beautiful, be careful, be happy.
To Debbie:I am not aware of any state that has advance licensing for Manicurists or Nail Technicians. There are certification programs or additional training you can take. One I am aware of is www.westerilize.com. They have programs for (ANT) Advanced Nail Technician and (MNT) Medical Nail Technician.
Individuals can also go to this web-site to locate Salons or Nail Technicians in their area who use Autoclave Sterilization. They should still check the Nail Technician out on their own but this is a good place to start.
I have been in the beauty industry since 1980 and a licensed Nail Technician since 1993.
Autoclave sterilization provides the only guarantee that an implement will not transfer disease.Look for salons that use one.
I was very surprised that you did not recommended PEDICURES for DIABETIC care.
The definition of pedicure is care for the feet.(see below)Foot care is a very important part of diabetic care.Properly trained Nail Technicians can greatly help diabetics.Many of my clients had problems, because they were unable or unaware how to properly care for their feet.It is as important to do your research on a Nail Technician as it is for any other service provider.Esp.when your health is involved. You do not seek out the cheapest Doctor or Dentist.Do not look for the cheapest pedicure.A Nail Technician is licensed and trained to preform these services.
ped·i·cure1:a.Cosmetic care of the feet and toenails.
b.A cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails.
pedicure:(Medicine) professional treatment of the feet,either by a medical expert or a cosmetician
[via French from Latin p?s foot + cur?re to care for]
pedicure:care of the feet,either in a cosmetic or medical sense.—pedicurist, n.
See also:Feet and Legs
Noun1 pedicurepedicure-professional care for the feet and toenails
beauty treatment-enhancement of someone's personal beauty
care,tending,attention,aid-the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something;"no medical care was required"
Verb 1.pedicure-care for one's feet by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
I've been diabetic for 12 years and insulin taking for almost 2.
I started getting pedicures and find them to be very beneficial - when done correctly with no accidental cuts.
The removal of the layers of dead skin did a lot to improve the circulation and warmth of my feet - as well as keeping the nails trim dramatically reduced my foot odor.
Of particular concern to me is the thickening of the nails making it hard for me to trim them - as well as having ingrown nails on both big toes - the regular pedicures seem to be keeping these under control.
some 10-12 years ago i read in prevention magazine that vicks vaporub would smooth out and make disappear callouses and dead skin on the feet. desperate, i tried it. IT WORKS!!!! it also heals the cracks in the sides of my fingers during dry winters, even if the cracks are bleeding.
DEBBIE, sorry I am not aware of any specialized training for manicurists to be certified in caring for diabetic clients.
I am a licensed manicurist and am very interested in getting certified or any specialized training for diabetic and geriatric pedicures, is there anything and if not, what do I have to do to offer these classes to help others also, I am renting my space and the owner did not like the sign I put up saying diabetic and geriatric pedicures because he said I have no training on this and it is a liability for him also. well, I beg to differ, I am licensed to do pedicures and have checked out online training on this and also talked to podiatrists but they also say there is no certification. I am also a diabetic myself so I do know something about this problem. Please help me
I'm 26 years old and love wearing flip flops in the summer. Last year, I saw a podiatrist due to plantar fasciitis. He advised me not to have pedicures since I am a Type 2 diabetic. A few days later, I decided to cut my own nails. I developed a hangnail, then an infection. I had to have part of my nail removed. Now it doens't look the same. I wish I would have went to a nail salon (like I always did). I never had a problem when they did my pedicures. Needless to say, I don't wear flip flops or open-toe shoes anymore.
I have never heard of not having a pedicure. I am type 2, and feel that getting a pedicure helps me watch out for my feet better. I have an excellent spa, and have never had any problems.
I have type2 Diabetes and get peticures every 2 month in the summer at the same salon for 7 years,never had a problem.Making sure the person doing your nails understands you have Diabetes and explaining how dangerous a nick can be is the most important thing.My person is very careful and the place is sanitary,I love having pretty nails in sandals.
I cannot bend over long enough to give myself a pedicure.(COPD in addition to diabetes) I go to a nail salon about every 3 to 4 weeks. The tecnition who does my toes is aware than I am diabetic and is very careful when she works on my feet and nails. I find that having the same person doing my pedicures every time is a great advantage to the health of my feet as she know me and my health concerns. Besides a pedicure is a GREAT stress reliever.
Betty In Griffin
Nancy and Peggy, Lotion between toes yes that is not good it cause infection and germ track into then pours of your skin. Mt suggestion is use Tea Tree Oil is great or Dr G's Bacteria Lotion. It has Benzalkonium Chloride and it is a topic bacteria cleanser.
Diabetic people need to be very careful where they get there pedicures at. I have specialize in Geriatric, diabetic, ingrown and fungus toenails for 24 years. I was training at UTHSCSA. I worked with many Podiatrist in my life. I advise many Manicurist NOT to trim cuticle and trim toenails straight across and NOT too short, not rounded even if they are ingrown. Use Hydrodrogen perixode 3% and ingrown nail file gentley. pack ingrown with very little cotton. The apply ice pack for 5 minutes. Advise them gallon warm water to 1/8 cup peroxide 3%.
I have a toenail clinic that 70% of them are diabetic and they are ingrown.
If you are a manicurist learn first then practice. take care of your feet, my slogon is....
If your feet are not becoming to you, you should be coming to me!
Sincerely Deena G Blythe
I love having a pedicure. If they are very careful, it can be useful I feel in keeping a check on your feet. I also have neuropathy and although it's sometimes difficult to have someone mess with my feet, in the long run, it's a good thing. I have not had any bad experiences with pedicures. Am I crazy to have them?
i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 4 years ago. i was told over 20 years ago i was a borderline diabetic.when i went to the classes i was told no such thing as a borderline diabetic .for years i rubbed sandpaper on the bottom of my feet. can,t do that anymore. i have been tested and have neuropathy. i go to a podiatrist every 6or 8 weeks .she trims my nails only no soak or rubbing at all. she cuts excess dry skin off with a razor. my insurance pays up to 250.00 a year . i have been told i probably had diabetes 24 years ago when my skin looked like someone put their cigarette out on me all over my body they would never heal . my question is can too high #12.9 or too low 2.7 when i first get up# can it change your behavior almost like diareah of the mouth .i don,t eat when i first get up that doesn,t help .in canada you can,t drive a car under 5.6 .i say whatever comes into my mouth. i have gained a lot of weight.i just started a new doctor.my old one retired.
I have juvenile diabetes and most times its in good control. I have had it now since 16 yrs old and now I am 43. I started getting pedicures now that my sons (15 and 17) are self reliant when they want to be. A amatuer at the pedicure pampering, I allowed the scrub on the sole of my feet.Please avoid or advise pedicurist not to scrub and to only do heel. I would cringe while she scrubbed. A natural exfoliating rub at home is better. I use minerals from the Dead Sea sold mostly in herbal spas or as are in malls as small vendors. While feeling good that day, the days after the nerves on the sole of my feet were killing me. Tingling and uncomfortable shot pains all over. My Endocrinologist warned against the scrubbing/exfoliating. Ugh. The toenail trim was not so trimmed. Don't trim too short and dont keep to long. I understand some women like a little nail on their toes but for diabetics that pressure on nail in shoes-sneakers, pantyhose or tights is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. our immediate reaction is to takes shoes off but as soon as shoes are back on that slight pressure all day long on your toenail doesnt help. Trim but trim carefully. Our feet are really sensative so though the pressure may not be too noticeable or may seem slight, its the continued slight pressure that eventually becomes more and more noticeable and painful. As soon as you trim the nails, the pressure is relieved
My husband has horrendous callouses on his feet. He's not diabetic, but probably pre-diabetic. Finding it hard to bend over to get to the bottom of his feet, I'd like to be able to help him doctor his callouses. But, I really don't know what to do. And he is having a burning sensation on the edge of one that covers the ball of his foot. Pls HELP!
The issue with the lotion between the toes is related to moisture between the toes, which can promote bacteria growth. If you dry well between the toes after a shower or applying lotion, it is a non issue.
I was shocked when I read this article.
I am a diabetic and have had manicures and pedicures for decades and never experienced the problems you outline.
Any pedicurist who "cuts the skin", or tries to remove cuticles, is not a qualified professional.
Nobody should be using "wooden sticks" as instruments that need to be sterilized.
Razors should not be a problem in the hands of a professional pedicurist, or podriatrist. I go to both several times a year and they use a razor to remove callouses every visit, without incident.
Naturally, like any other service, the consumer should only deal with trained professionals in a reputable establishment, and be willing to pay the price they charge for their expertise.
I can't believe an RN would advise any patient never to get a pedicure.
This is sheer ignorance!
I wish someone would tell me why diabetics are not supposed to lotion between the toes?
I have been having pedicures for years. But now, as a diabetic, I prefer to have my pedicure done ONLY by my podiatrist (foot doctor). It is more expensive, but so much safer!xf7aNk
Low blood sugars every day is too often. Please check with your doctor. It sounds like the diabetes medication should be adjusted down or even discontinued. With type 2 diabetes and weight loss you may be able to manage the diabetes with diet and exercise alone.
Re: The wonders of the pedicure for diabetics. I live in the South where your feet are always on display and your toes "are" painted. I too had heard of the horrors of a pedicure but,they do them now without the use of the cutting tools. They simply use a couple of different types of pumice stones and after 2 or three pedicures in a short distance apart, they look and feel like silk. The trick at home to keep them looking nice is to use the foot pumice tool that somes on a paddle shaped piece of wood.(This is available at most drug stores and of course WM). The other is a good rub with shea butter after a shower or bath. My feet used to be a close second to a porcupine and now they are like silk. The BIG TRICK is to remember to use the creamy butters after every shower or bath. Amazing how nice to have pretty feet.
My husband has lost weight and has really been watching his diet after a heart attach six months ago. His blood level is prone to really bottom out almost everyday. I can't find any info on low blood sugar.
This is excellent information for those who want pretty feet. It is too risky for the diabetics and even for those who do not have diabetes. I have heard horror stories about infections that grew to such proportion walking became a problem so why take the risk? It is better to be pretty inside ourselves anyway rather than just being pretty on the outside.
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