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Why can't diabetics put lotion between their toes?

You just need to be careful what type of lotion you use. You dont want anything that can promote fungal or bacterial growth. I have had type 1 for over 38 years and my feet are doing great. I go agaist what most use I use olive oil on my legs and feet. Just keep everything clean and keep a close eye on them

My Anut and Gramps have diabetes but they neva said they couldn't put loytion btween their toes.

Rainierbay S
this is instructed you to avoid certain types of foot complications

Laura H
You can rub lotion on and between your toes, but you cannot put on excessive amounts, you have to make sure that you get it rubbed in really well and that your toes and feet are dry and not wet from the lotion.

My dad is diabetic and he has never heard of this. I do know they have to be careful when they cut their toenails etc. Diabetics have poor blood circulation and they are prone to feet problem because of this. But I've never heard anything about lotion

Lotion in between toes can cause the toes to rub against each other. When this happens sores or ulcers can occur. For a diabetic this can cause infections to occur, which is a big no no for them.

Sores or ulcers that aren't treated and become infected can lead to bone and/or blood infections. Amuputation may need to be done if not caught in time.

ANGELEYE;;;;;;;; thanks for the useful information.

CALBEE;;;;;;;;;;;;; thanks for asking.

Diabetics are prone to skin infections, especially with yeasts. Lotion is often contaminated with yeast spores as you dispense it. Also, the increased moisture it leaves between the toes could encourage colonization with a fungus. This does not mean that diabetics should not have foot care. Proper foot care can prevent the infections that can lead to amputations of the toes or of the foot itself. A diabetic should examine the foot daily, using a mirror, if they can't reach down that far. They need to keep the skin of the foot clean, dry and supple. Moisturisers can be used on the outside of the foot and heel, but not left between the toes. Treat any foot wounds immediately by cleaning them and keeping them dry. Consult a podiatrist for any problems or non-healing wounds.

Quite honestly, I've never heard that before.

There is no reason I know not to put lotion between the toes. The problem with diabetics and feet is that they can have nerve damage + poor blood supply which makes them more prone to ulcers on their feet which don't heal (diabetes means healing is impaired as well) - if their feet weren't dried properly this might be a contributor - maybe this is where the lotion myth comes from. But basically a diabetic should keep their feet:

Moisturised (so they dont crack)
And seen by a podiatrist/doctor if problems occur

I am a diabetic and I viewed a tutorial on foot care. Here is the link. It clearly states on this .gov health site that you should not put lotion between the toes. When the tutorial loads, go down the list to Foot Care and it will tell you midway through that you should not use lotion between your toes.

Hope this helps!

Because if it doesn't dry the moisture can cause nasty sores that take a longgggggggggggg time to heal. The skin between the toes needs to be kept clean and dry at all times.

Diabetics have such poor circulation in their feet, that their feet cannot ward-off infection. Any bruise, any cut, or any fungal infection becomes a very serious matter -- possibly life or death.

Lotion between the toes just makes a better place for bacteria and fungus to grow, increasing the risk of infection.


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