What is the right foot cream for a diabetic to use?

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Houston podiatrist treats dry skin on feet from diabetesThere are so many creams available in the pharmacy, the choices can be daunting. Add to that, manufacturers who market creams specifically for the diabetic foot. Many of these creams, however, are the same general use cream, but repackaged for the diabetic and significantly marked up.

 

There is no "best" cream for a diabetic to use. It is important for you to use a cream to maintain the health of your skin and to avoid dry, cracked skin which can lead to an infection.  My favorite commercially available creams are Cetaphil and Eucerin. I also carry Foot Miracle cream in my Houston podiatry office which many of my patients, diabetic and non-diabetic alike, prefer.

 

In situations where your foot is particularly dry, or if the skin is cracked, you will need a creme that is stronger. In these cases, I recommend a creme with Urea or Lactic Acid to better soften the skin. While these used to be covered as a prescription product, most insurance companies have stopped providing this benefit. For this reason, we carry two Urea creams, Gormel creme (20% urea) and Kera-42 creme (42% urea).

 

No matter what cream you use, the most important thing is to use it at least daily. If you stop applying the cream, your feet will return to their previously dry condition. Apply cream to the top and bottom of your feet and rub it in so it disappears. You should NOT, however, put cream between your toes. If you have dry skin between your toes, Dr. Andrew Schneider can recommend an alternative that is safe for you to use. If you are unsure what cream is the best choice to use, contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists to receive recommendations.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.