Diabetes is a condition that introduces a whole set of new problems that affects a person’s life. It could give rise to poor blood circulation, blood clots, thinning of the skin, and insensitivity in the lower extremities. When pedicure is administered to a person with diabetes, a number of special precautions need to be taken.
Since the client’s skin could be thinner than normal, any kind of scrubbing needs to be avoided altogether. Abrasives could tear and damage the skin, increasing the risk of infection.
The temperature of the water should be lukewarm to prevent the possibility of damaging the skin. Some persons could have low sensitivity in their limbs, and may not be able to feel the heat of the water. Using lukewarm water is therefore advised for patients with diabetes.
All kinds of implements that can cut or nip the skin need to be avoided. Since cuts can take a long time to heal for a diabetic, most sharp implements are never used on them. Even a foot file is used very sparingly, when required to smoothen rough edges on calluses.
Deep massaging should also be avoided as patients could have blood clots on their limbs. Exerting pressure on the limbs during a massage can dislodge the clots and cause problems. Excessive pressure could also tear the skin sometimes. Therefore, deep massage is not recommended for persons with diabetes.
A number of instruments used for pedicure come in single-use versions. These instruments can be specifically used for diabetic clients and disposed off after a single use. Items like buffers, files, and footbath liners come in single-use versions. These can be effectively used for patients with this condition. The risk of infection spreading from one client to another could be totally avoided.
However, there are some other metal instruments that cannot be discarded after every use. A better option would be to have one personal pedicure kit per client. Each personal kit should be used only on a specific client and stored away until their next visit. It should never be used on another patient. Most of these kits cost just about fifteen dollars and can be afforded by every client. However, each kit needs to be properly sanitized after use, even though it is reserved exclusively for a single person’s use.
If these precautions are taken for each client, there is no reason why people with diabetes cannot enjoy the same kind of pampering for their feet that other people take for granted.