From Scituate, Massachusetts, USA:
Is it all right for someone with type 2 diabetes to soak the feet in epsom salts at the end of the day?
Soaking the feet is not recommended for people with diabetes unless a special therapeutic soak is used for a specific problem. Soaks can cause the skin to get very dry and crack, which becomes an easy entry point for infection. It is recommended that you pat your feet dry with a towel after bathing and apply lotion on the top and bottom of your feet, but not between your toes. Make sure that you inspect your feet daily after bathing and report any redness, paleness, swelling or sores to a podiatrist. I don't know why you were soaking in epsom salts, but if it is because you are having some discomfort in your feet, perhaps you should see a podiatrist now.
Original posting 3 Nov 2003
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