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Can epsom salts be used for diabetic foot soak?
Thank you for contacting us. IPFH does not diagnose or make treatment recommendations on line. Typically, epsom salt soaks are not recommended for people with diabetes. The primary reason is that such soaks can dry out the feet. When the skin is dry it is more vulnerable to cracking and chafing, which can lead to skin lesions and wounds, which if not properly attended to can lead to ulcerations. Also, people with diabetic neuropathy can lose the perspiration reflex, which can dry the feet even more. As a result, they may have to use lotions to help keep the skin moist. It certainly is desirable to keep your feet clean when you have diabetes, and you should wash them regularly, taking care to dry them thoroughly - especially between the toes where residual moisture can promote microbe growth and possible infections. It's very important to take good care of your feet when you have diabetes, so we would encourage you to consult your primary care physician or a foot health professional for more information about washing your feet and general foot care. You can also learn more at our page on Daily Foot Care for People with Diabetes.