Most women would agree that getting a pedicure is one of the greatest ways to relax and be pampered. Even some men would also attest to this luxury experience. Having your nails done doesn’t just mean getting your nails painted. With it, consumers also receive a thorough soaking, lengthy massage, and detailed scrub with scented soaps, lotions and oils. If you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other forms of peripheral neuropathy, this experience may not be as wonderful as it sounds. However, it can be incredibly soothing if you set up the proper precautions!
At US Neuropathy Centers, our providers give patients the tools they need to live normal lives while managing their peripheral neuropathy condition. People with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy. If you struggle with nerve pain and foot complications, consult with US Neuropathy Centers to develop strategies that can relieve nerve pain, manage peripheral neuropathy symptoms, and prevent foot complications from developing or worsening.
People who suffer with diabetes are more susceptible to foot infections and wounds. Going to a spa for a pedicure is risky for these individuals because a sterile environment is not always guaranteed. Within a spa, small tubs are filled with water that could be infected with bacteria and fungus if not sterilized properly. This can present a health risk for people living with diabetic neuropathy, as hygiene is imperative for proper foot management.
If you have foot problems or nerve pain associated with your diabetic neuropathy, talk to a nail technician. Communicate your needs to correlate your foot care with your pedicure experience. Ensure that the tub is clean and filled with fresh water. If you have callouses, bunions, or ulcers, speak with the nail technician about the best ways to handle and groom the nails while cleaning these areas. The skin on your feet may be more fragile if you have neuropathy, so it is important to communicate this concern to the staff.
Poor hygiene can lead to toe fungus and bacterial infections of the feet. To reduce the risk of infection, do not shave your legs for two days prior to your pedicure. In doing so, you will decrease the chance of getting any cuts or nicks on your skin that could open up for bacteria to get in.
If you struggle with foot problems, numb feet, or infections, you should consider nerve treatment before putting your feet at risk for further damage. Foot complications are a serious concern for people who suffer with diabetic neuropathy. Talk to your US Neuropathy Centers physician about ways to manage your nerve pain and safe strategies to improve the health of your feet.
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at any of our US Neuropathy Centers locations. With offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, our neuropathy experts are easily accessible and here to help.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018