People with diabetes have a lot to worry about when it comes to their feet. Practicing good diabetic foot care is important, but this doesn’t have to mean you need to give up things you love, like having a pedicure every now and then. However, you do need to take a few extra precautions that others may not normally think about.
For instance, it’s a good idea to see your doctor first to make sure that your disease is under control and that your neuropathy hasn’t progressed. If you don’t have feeling in your feet you could sustain an injury and not even know it. If you are going to a regular salon that doesn’t specialize in diabetic pedicures you should opt out of having anything sharp near your feet. This means avoid having your cuticles cut and your nails trimmed. Make sure all the tools and footbaths being used are sterilized thoroughly, or bring your own.
Don’t give up the things you love; just be smart about it. Call Dr. Mitchell Wachtel at (978) 794-8406 to schedule an appointment in our Lowell, MA office for any questions or concerns you might have about your feet.