I am gestational diabetic and my heels are very hard one is even cracked, it's very itchy and pains when I walk, what can I do?

There may be various causes for cracked and itchy heels. They may also be the result of other internal medical conditions. However, one of the most common causes for cracked, itchy and painful heels is dry skin which lack moisture. This can happen when the feet are neglected and not taken care of by proper washing, cleaning and moisturizing. This is why pedicures are important.

Pedicures keep the feet healthy by removing dead skin and feet calluses and preventing nail conditions like ingrown toenails. However, diabetics are advised not to get a pedicure because although pedicures can cure rough heels, they also make the feet susceptible to injuries, which could be dangerous.

Diabetics should see a podiatrist who can prescribe a made-to-order pedicure. However, most women can’t resist the lure of a pedicure. Diabetic women who can’t do without a pedicure must follow some simple steps mentioned below.

Pick a clean and hygienic salon. Personally check if sanitation of foot tubs and pedicure tools are taken care of after each pedicure.
  • You can even buy and use your own tools at home or in a salon. Stainless steel tools are easier to clean and are a lot more hygienic than wooden tools.
  • Let the salon know that you are diabetic and they need to be extra gentle and more precautious. Precautions can include checking the water temperature (90-95 degrees Fahrenheit may be safe), not using razors and not using lotion between toes.
  • Don’t shave within 48 hours prior to taking a pedicure.
Another common possible cause for cracked, itchy heels is a condition called Athlete's Foot which is a kind of fungal infection. Symptoms include itching or burning in the feet and toes, scratchy blisters and extremely dry, cracked and peeling skin.

Home remedies to treat this condition are as follows:

  • Keep toes and feet dry
  • Wear cotton or wool socks
  • Always wear washed socks and change them twice a day if the feet are sweaty
  • Wear open shoes, preferably made of vinyl or rubber.
  • Don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.  Doing this will give the shoes time to air.
  • Use an over-the-counter antifungal ointment or a powder

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-and-pedicures/MY00537
  2. http://www.apma.org/Learn/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2243
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/athletes-foot/DS00317/DSECTION=symptoms

answered by A S

Before bed, rub olive oil into your dry, cracked feet. Do not rinse. Then, put a cozy pair of socks on and go to sleep. Your feet will drink in the moisture and feel much better by morning

answered by C

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