Neuropathic Foot is extremely vulnerable
Any injury to neuropathic foot if remained unnoticed lead to extreme foot problems due to decreased circulation and inability to heal faster (due to continuously weakening immune system) requiring adequate body weight distribution and extreme cushioning beneath the foot. Such conditions can affect 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes. On the other hand, an unnoticed wound, blister or cut might become infected due to poor blood supply that can lead to gangrene. Such foot wounds should be treated immediately to prevent aggravation of disease. During such treat sensitive foot should be provided with organic gel layer with extra cushioning and massaging impact.
Observe carefully big toe (tip), middle and little toes (base), heel base, foot edge line and ball of the foot for any blistering, calluses, infections, swelling, redness and discoloration/ broken / ingrown nails.
Feet should be washed, sponged and dried out by blotting especially between toes followed by moisturizing (except between toes).
Cut neither too short nor less, straight with filing of edges. Protect injured toe nail with Gel Toe Cap.
Use loose fit Medigel Miracle Diabetic Gel Socks for diabetic foot; Sports Gel Socks for sport’s and persons under training; heel care socks for high heelers.
For daily care socks, use right fit, optimally tight elastic band to hold (not so tight to reduce circulation) and change daily. Use Lifestyle socks to add gel cushioning preventing daily stress to build up. Wear socks in night if felt cold.
Right size shoes (should be cleaned carefully prior to use) and also add arch if you have progressive flat foot.
A continuously sweat feet is not a disease however common to many and bacterial growth causes unpleasant odor, keep your feet hygiene to prevent such nail problems and athlete’s foot (rashes and eczema).
a. Wash carefully your foot with soap daily and change socks daily, preferable socks
b. Nylon socks in plastic shoes is not recommended
c. Drying of feet is essential and avoid stressful conditions
d. Deodorize the shoes with spray
Dos' for foot care
(a) Check your sugar levels under control; (b) Get your feet periodically checked; (c) Check for any abnormality and; (d) Perform the steps as given above
Don'ts for foot care
(a) Quit smoking as it reduces circulation to foot; (b) Never self-treat foot ailments
Keep your sugar level under control and medications to provide symptomatic care is essential. Examination of your legs and foots carefully along with weight management, apply lotions if the feet are dry (however keeping it wet is not advisable). Be in touch with Podiatrist for regular examination of dry skin (ulcers), blisters, corns and calluses, cracked heels, bunion, ingrown toe nails, hammer toes, overlapping toes, plantar warts, charcot foot, heel (hind)/ ankle pains, irritation between toes (due to associated fungal growth (Athlete’s foot), if untreated could be infectious; foot pains. Medigel Diabetic Care products including Diabetic Gel Socks, Diabetic Insoles & Toe Spreader (Finger Separator) are recommended to provide preventive Organic Gel Technology care to your neuropathic foot.
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A state in which skin of foot is dried and might crack if not hydrated properly is dry foot. It is often observed in case of diabetics, Athlete's foot, psoriasis, eczema, thyroid disease etc.
Diabetics are likely to experience cracked heels because damage to nerves in the feet from uncontrolled blood sugars can cause dry skin. During the winter months, however, anyone can have dry, cracked heels. Regularly taking long, very hot baths and showers can also exacerbate this condition.
Soak the feet in warm water to soften the dead skin. Wet the pumice stone or foot file with warm water. Gently rub the pumice stone or foot file over the dead skin or callus. Use circular motions with a pumice stone and gentle back-and-forth motions with a foot file.
Foot damage is often caused by poor circulation and nerve damage. Both of these conditions can be caused by high blood sugar levels over time. Although some people soak their feet in Epsom salt baths, this home remedy isn't recommended for people with diabetes. Soaking your feet may raise your risk of foot problems.
If you are suffering from diabetes and dry foot, use diabetic insole/ socks, toe separator and cokum foot cream; however, if you are not suffering from diabetes, use universal insole (or insoles without any fabric top) and cokum foot cream to do massage on daily basis.
Dancing induces hallux limitus (in ability to reach demi-pointe on toes restricting it to ball of foot) progresses to hallux rigidus; hallux valgus; fractures; Plantar fasciitis; Sesamoiditis (02 small bones of forefoot not connected to any other bone in the body at big toe get inflamed and painful); Metatarsalgia; Achilles tendinitis; Trigger Toe (especially in ballet dancers affecting FHL tendon of ankle and is painful when ballet dancers goes flat); Posterior and Anterior Impingement (dancer’s heel- bump behind / top of the ankle induced compression of soft tissues); Lateral Ankle Sprain (sprain in lateral side of ankle); Shin Splints; Stress fracture (repeated load induced tear); adolescent anterior knee pain (chronic pain in centre and front of knee with dull ache knee cap); knee hyperextension; kneecap misalignment; ligament tears; Osteoarthritis; trochanteric bursitis in hip area; Iliacus tendinitis (pain in front of hip area); spinal pains including low back strain and spasm; Spondylolysis; Spondylolithesis; Herniated Disc; Sacroiliac Joint Sprain; overarching of back; shoulder dislocation and; tennis elbow and wrist dislocation etc.
Some of the important preventive measures include:
It is recommended to use heel care socks (or also referred as heel with strap), it covers the heel with strap thereby preventing any stress on heel as well as edges including achilles and ankles, that are primarily stressed during dancing. Foot comforter can also be used during in house training to prevent any injury. Further, daily exercise of foot with hard gel ball (10-15 min) is recommended, is possible twice a day for the dancer to relax their foot muscles. In case there is pain, use of hot and cold therapy (using hot/cold pack or cold pack) is recommended. Always add small amount of foot perfume in day time, enhancing your mood. Prior to sleeping, after washing and drying your feet with warm water, use Cokum foot cream to give massage, it will induce sleep and keep your feet in best health and shape.
Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking. It can occur for a variety of reasons. You might have naturally dry skin. But even if your skin tends to be oily, you can develop dry skin from time to time. Dry skin can affect any part of your body.
Use Deep Moisturizers to seal over your skin to prevent escape of water
Use of Humidifiers in extreme dry conditions is a good choice
The choice of fabric with respect to climatic condition will ensure that evaporation is controlled.
Cokum Body Butter & Cokum Foot Creams are major products recommended to manage dry skin.