Dry skin leads to cracks which can allow bacteria to enter through the skin, which should be the body’s impenetrable barrier. This is a common cause of infection in the foot and infections here tend to run deeper due to the way tissue under the skin at the heel pad is organised into columns.
Dryness will affect most diabetics eventually as nerve disturbances can cause the sweat glands to stop functioning normally. It should be noted that soaking your feet in water will make them more dry. Urea products are recommended to treat the dry skin. Discuss the strength required with your podiatrist. Avoid chemist lines with a greasy base as they fail to penetrate the skin well making them less effective and could cause falls.
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