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Healthy Foot Tip 4: Diabetes

Today is part four of a new blog series called Healthy Feet Tips. In this series, I’ll be writing on several issues that plague our poor aching feet.  On average, depending on your mobility, we take 5,000 daily steps, we stand for long periods of time, and we often wear ill fitting footwear. What I’d like to share with you today is how we can give our feet some tender loving care.  Today’s topic is about diabetes.

When you have diabetes, you are susceptible to many foot ailments which include:

  • Foot ulcers and infections;
  • Calluses;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Dry cracked skin.

Take time every day to practice proper foot health:

  • Wash, dray and moisture your feet every day, avoiding putting lotion between your toes;
  • Exercise is important but don’t over complicate things. It’s just a matter of moving around, doing gentle walks and wearing good shoes.
  • Do not walk barefoot anywhere, whether at home or outside;
  • Prop your feet up when sitting, and avoid crossing your legs
  • Stop smoking.

Consider bathing your feet in this easy-to-make foot soak remedy for chapped feet, and to enhance your overall sense of well-being.

Supplies needed:

  • 1 cup dry oatmeal;
  • 1 cup freshly mashed papaya;
  • 1 teaspoon honey;
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salts;
  • ½ cup olive oil;
  • ½ litre whole milk;
  • 2 drops essential oil of almond;
  • 2 drops essential oil of tea tree;
  • Emollient cream, such as Shea or cocoa butter;
  • Foot Basin;
  • Pumice Stone;
  • 2 Warm towels.

 Part 1 – Make the exfoliating scrub:

In a large mixing bowl, combine ½ cup oatmeal, ½ cup papaya, honey, 1 tablespoon Epsom salts, and roughly ¼ cup olive oil.  Set aside for use after the soak which is next..

 Part 2 – Making the foot soak

Heat a ½ litre of whole milk, a little water and the rest of the olive oil to a comfortable temperature.  Pour the mixture into the foot basin and add ½ cup of oatmeal, ½ cup of papaya, 1 tablespoon Epsom salts, and a few drops of almond and tea tree oils. Soak your feet in the milk for approximately 20 minutes.

Then, massage your ankles with the exfoliating scrub, rubbing vigorously over chapped areas.  Return your feet to the basin and soak for another 5 minutes.

Using a cotton swab, apply tea tree oil on distressed areas and then moisturize your feet with Shea or cocoa butter.  Wrap feet in warm towels for 5 minutes so that the moisture is fully absorbed.

Have questions? Simply reach out to me at Step Forward to Better Health.

Image used: “Cracked,” Taken on April 21, 2014 by JF PasturczakCC by 2.0


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