Diabetes Foot Care Guidelines
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet—even a small cut can produce serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes also reduces blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. As a result, you could develop a blister or a sore. This could lead to an infection or a non healing wound that could put you at risk for an amputation.
Its so important as a diabetic to look after your feet, below I look at the Best Diabetic Foot Cream Reviews.
1) CCS Foot Care Cream (This is my top spot)
Developed in Sweden, CCS’s professionally inspired formulation works with your body’s natural defences to condition skin. CCS Foot Care Cream is extremely effective in the control of dry and rough skin. It softens hard, dry skin helping to keep it soft, supple and helps prevent further problems developing.
- Lanolin Free
- Dermatologically tested
CCS Foot Cream is the proud winner of the best foot treat award from The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible by Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey, paperback £14.99 (Kyle Books).
Testers for the awards were impressed by the efficacy of the cream with one of them commenting: ‘The most effective foot cream I’ve ever used: deeply hydrating and the effects are cumulative and long-lasting.’*.
Initially apply twice daily to dry skin and then just massage into your feet as often as required. Consistent use will keep the skin on your feet soft, smooth and in good condition.
Available in a 60ml tube or in a larger 175ml tube. Also, available in a 1kg tub
Best foot cream I’ve ever used. I use this after I have a shower, especially if I’ve just used a pumice stone. Cream my feet, pop some socks on, maybe overnight, and voila soft feet! I don’t use it every day, as I’m usually asleep or rushing to work, but even after a few days you can still see and feel the results. I’ve tried lotions including cocoa butter and been no good, as I work on my feet all week.
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2) GLUCORX ALLPRESAN® DIABETIC FOAM CREAM INTENSIVE 10% UREA DRY AND SENSITIVE SKIN 300ML
Preventive treatment for dry, sensitive and parchment-like foot skin in patients with diabetes mellitus. For use on the whole foot, including between the toes and around wound edges
Allpresan® diabetic Foam Cream INTENSIVE is a medical device for the specific treatment of very dry to chapped skin in patients with diabetes mellitus. Its special properties also make it suitable for the treatment of wound edges. Allpresan® diabetic Foam Cream INTENSIVE promotes the healing process and supports recovery of the damaged skin barrier.
The specially designed active formula forms a breathable, two-dimensional protective coating. It strengthens the barrier function, protects against external impacts, and reduces mechanical stresses such as friction without impairing natural skin function.
The skin is optimally supplied with moisture, and Pentavitin® also guards against moisture loss. Relieves itching, counteracts pressure marks, and also helps to prevent calluses.
Use Mornings and evenings, apply an amount about the size of a hazelnut or walnut to the affected areas of the feet. Also, beneficial for use between the toes.
Allpresan® diabetic Foam Cream offers excellent convenience in use, since it is very easy to rub in. It can be applied very quickly without leaving behind an unpleasant greasy film. There is reduced risk of slipping, and you can put on your stockings – even compression stockings – immediately after use.
Shake well before each use, and hold the container upright when applying (please ensure the can is in the upright position and do not tilt during use!)
As a type 1 diabetic, I do have some hard skin on my foot and after getting numerous creams from my GP (none seemed to work as well as I would like) I saw this foam and decided to give it a go. LOVE IT! Been using it every morning and evening for the last 4 days so far and already my feet are smoother than they have ever been. Still, a few rough patches but I’m hoping after using this continuously, it will become markedly better. It absorbs really quickly into the skin as it is a foam rather than a cream. Does not leave your skin slimy and slippery like other creams can. The only thing is the smell is not particularly nice, it’s not disgusting but as it is not fragranced with anything nice, it does smell medicinal, but it is not overpowering. Just wash your hands after.
Where to Buy: Amazon
3) Flexitol 500g Moisturising Foot Cream
Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream is enriched with Vitamin E, and contains 10% Urea, in a rich and highly concentrated base, to soften and hydrate very dry skin. This gentle, rapidly absorbed formula is suitable for use by those prone to very dry feet and legs.
Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream keeps skin smooth, silky and intensely nourished, helping to restore skin to its natural appearance. Use as part of your daily routine to hydrate very dry feet and legs.
“Although your feet are out of sight, you should treat them as though they were still on display. Feet can dry out during the winter, leading to cracked heels and peeling skin.
All of our products contain Urea; a major constituent of the skin’s natural moisturising factor, which improves hydration by increasing the water uptake from dermis. For those whose skin lacks a natural moisturising factor, a product containing Urea can be used to replicate the hydration process.
- Enhances the skin’s ability to retain water
- Reduces water loss from the skin
- Improves the amount of water the skin can hold
Leaves feet feeling very soft and smooth. This large container is very cost effective and lasts ages. The pump mechanism takes a bit of getting used to but once you realise how hard to press you can use it quite efficiently. I not only used this on my feet but on my legs also, as at the time of using I had very dry skin on my legs, it left them smooth and soft by the next day.
This cream comes in a massive 500g bottle and gives great value for money.
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4) Flexitol 500g Heel Balm
Flexitol Heel Balm 500g combines the latest ingredients in skin care clinically proven to have skin nourishing properties. This highly efficacious formulation also contains 25% Urea in addition to active ingredients designed to deeply penetrate into feet for optimal moisturisation and hydration. Non greasy, enriched with pro vitamin B5, vitamin E and L-Arginine and free from SLS and parabens. Suitable for adults and children over 12 years and suitable for diabetics. Flexitol Heel Balm 500g combines the latest ingredients in skin care clinically proven to have skin nourishing properties.
Treating with Heel Balm
Dry and cracked heels and feet can be relatively simple to overcome if treated properly. Apply Flexitol Heel balm to the affected areas once or twice daily. Flexitol Heel Balm is highly effective and medically proven to hydrate dry, cracked heels with visible results after just one day. Once cracked heels have been restored, maintain rehydrated skin with Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream. Suitable for everyday use on rough, dry skin on feet and legs.
Within 2 days my cracked painful heels were gone, My heels were so bad I was getting my socks caught on the dry cracked skin every morning when I put them on. Also, when my heels were at there very worst they would often bleed, because of my diabetes I would use a liquid plaster coating to protect them from getting infected.
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5) Diprobase Eczema Dry Skin Emolient Cream, 500g
Diprobase has been treating dry skin and eczema for over 30 years. It works by creating a barrier on the skin that helps lock moisture in and keep irritants out.
Diprobase can be used on dry skin and eczema patches all over the body, every day. It is suitable for all ages.
Regularly using an emollient like Diprobase helps keep dry skin hydrated and reduce the frequency of eczema flare-ups.
- Suitable for everyday use – as often as required
- Use Diprobase® Cream to protect skin before taking a bath and to hydrate skin after showering
- Use as a soap substitute for cleansing and moisturising
- Comes in 3 formats: Lotion (for everyday moisturisation and as a skin cleanser) / Cream (for soothing dry skin and eczema) / Ointment (for very dry skin and eczema)
I have had this Diprobase cream prescribed to me by my Doctor in the past and it really helped my dry, sore skin problem. It is quite greasy and was easy to use. My skin condition has returned and as it is hard getting an appointment at the Drs surgery I was pleased to find it available online.
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My Top Tips For Good Diabetic Foot Health
To avoid serious foot problems that could result in losing a toe, foot or leg, follow these guidelines.
Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or nail problems. Use a magnifying mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your doctor if you notice anything.
Bathe feet in lukewarm, never hot, water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. Use only lukewarm water—the temperature you would use on a newborn baby.
Be gentle when bathing your feet. Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting and carefully dry between the toes.
Moisturize your feet but not between your toes. Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But don’t moisturize between the toes—that could encourage a fungal infection.
Cut nails carefully. Cut them straight across and file the edges. Don’t cut nails too short, as this could lead to ingrown toenails. If you have concerns about your nails, consult your doctor.
Never treat corns or calluses yourself. No “bathroom surgery” or medicated pads. Visit your doctor for appropriate treatment.
Wear clean, dry socks. Change them daily.
Consider socks made specifically for patients living with diabetes. These socks have extra cushioning, do not have elastic tops, are higher than the ankle and are made from fibers that wick moisture away from the skin.
Wear socks to bed. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. Never use a heating pad or a hot water bottle.
Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. Remember, your feet may not be able to feel a pebble or other foreign object, so always inspect your shoes before putting them on.
Keep your feet warm and dry. Don’t let your feet get wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in winter.
Consider using an antiperspirant on the soles of your feet. This is helpful if you have excessive sweating of the feet.
Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! Always wear shoes or slippers. You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.
Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Do not smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.
Get periodic foot exams. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis can help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.
If you have any questions or would like to leave a review on any of the creams, please do so below.
Garry (Type 1)