Always tell your nail technician or any spa-service provider that you have diabetes. This lets them know to use extra care while pampering you, even if you don’t feel anything is wrong.
Clients with diabetes often have special health challenges in addition to diabetes, such as heart disease, poor circulation, or nerve damage. So patients with diabetes who have nerve damage in their feet might not be able to feel pain during a pedicure. So they may be less able to give feedback to the technician.
Risky Nicks and Cuts
Because diabetes can cause poor blood flow to your limbs, it’s harder for white blood cells to reach small wounds so they can heal properly. If your nail technician nips your cuticle or rubs too roughly on your heel to remove dead skin, you can get a small wound that turns into a serious infection. Ingrown toenails may also lead to foot infections, so it’s important to keep your nails trimmed and filed. If your blood sugar isn't well-controlled, or if you have damage to your nerves (diabetic neuropathy), be careful when trimming your nails. You can cut your nails way too short, and can cut the soft tissue around your nails. Use caution with scissors or clippers, or using anything that can cut or lacerate your skin.
If you don’t feel comfortable trimming your own nails or going to a salon or spa, ask a podiatrist to do it instead.
Tips for Safe Spa Visits
Here are some safety tips for your next salon or spa visit: