PEDICURING A DIABETIC CLIENT
Caring for the feet is an important priority for the client with type 2 diabetes, but unfortunately a diabetic shouldn’t walk into just any salon and get any pedicure. Why? Because diabetics suffer from a number of complex issues that make the feet more susceptible to damage and infection. Impaired circulation and nerve damage issues are the biggest culprits. Without adequate blood flow, the skin on diabetic feet is typically dry, frail, prone to infection, and slow to heal—increasing the risk of ulcers and infection. This risk is further increased because chronically high blood sugar also can cause nerve damage, leaving many diabetics with a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy causes tingling and numbness, which means a diabetic may not even notice a rash or sore until it has ulcerated. Despite these risks, diabetics can (and should!) get regular pedicures to maintain foot health and prevent future skin issues. The key is providing the right pedicure treatment using diabetic-safe products and educated technicians. How? Here are six do’s and don’ts for properly pedicuring diabetic feet.
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