According to Diabetes Ireland, “people with diabetes have special reason to take good care of their
feet. Long-term high blood glucose levels may make feet susceptible to injury and infection. This is
because the protective sensation in the toes or feet – the ‘pain alarm system’ may slowly disappear
with long-term high blood glucose levels”.
Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes. It is estimated that up to
70% of diabetics will develop peripheral neuropathy. Though studies have shown that diabetes sufferers
who keep their blood sugar levels within the normal range have a smaller change of damaging their
With diabetes, the neuropathy is caused by chronically high blood sugar levels. It leads to numbness, loss
of sensation, and sometimes pain in the feet, legs, or hands. This can cause serious problems – the
damaged nerves may not convey messages of pain to the brain so a person could, for example, develop
an ulcer on his or her foot due to an ill-fitting shoe, and not be aware of it. The ulcer could become
infected before it is noticed.
Massage therapists and reflexologists have a very important role to play in prevention and early
intervention for their diabetic clients. For diabetics, where particular attention needs to be paid to the
feet, you can give a valuable service by
inspecting them for any changes – cold or dark spots, bruises, redness, cracks, any little cuts or grazes
that could develop into sores and become infected.
The benefits of massage therapy for diabetics can range from:
- Lowering and maintaining blood sugar levels
- Improving blood circulation
- Stimulating the lymph system which removes toxins
- Reducing stress, which in turn lowers blood sugar levels
Reducing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (pins & needles sensation)
Self-care is an essential element for diabetics, or at the very least, having a family member or care-giver
check feet on a daily basis. This is particularly important for long-term diabetics. Here are some
suggestions for diabetic foot care:
- Always wear well-fitted shoes
- Socks should be seamless
- Have a daily foot care routine (inspecting the sole of the foot with a mirror if necessary)
- Check for cuts, grazes, bruises, cracked skin
- Shower or bathe feet daily (water not too hot)
- Do not soak for long (soaking can remove vital skin oils)
- Dry well and apply a moisturizing foot cream (but not between toes)
For diabetics, Pure Pro’s Peppermint Pedango Foot Cream is the perfect medium to finish off their daily
foot care routine. The ingredients are all natural, with essential oils of Peppermint, organic Lemongrass,
Eucalyptus and, of course, Tea Tree with it’s antiseptic and anti-fungal qualities. It also contains a small
amount of hand-pressed Arnica extract which flushes out toxins and improves blood circulation in the
feet – especially important for diabetics – as I’m sure you have gathered by now!
The Diabetes Ireland website is a great resource for your clients – here’s the link:
To find out more about Peppermint Pedango Foot Cream or to purchase click here .