#DiabetesChat: Put Your Best Foot Forward This Summer (May 27, 2015)



We had great fun with Mr. Divabetic hosting our #DiabetesChat twitter chat event. Everyone who attended the event will have had their feet summerized by now. Are yours? Check out the transcript of the event below that we prepared for absentees. Check it out to learn what it takes to pamper and spoil your feet so you can (finally) throw your winter boots into storage and go parade in public with your sandals and flip flops!

Diabetes Influencer Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek definitely knows the secret to putting your best foot forward this summer!

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Event Transcript


mrdivabetic Tonight we’re talking about all the ways to keep your feet and happy for Summer #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic Our first question: Do you treat yourself to a pedicure? Spa pedicure? How often? #diabeteschat
vlovesfree @mrdivabetic I do. I like to do it myself 🙂 Maybe once every two weeks #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo Q1 What do you most dislike about your feet? #DiabetesChat
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo Q1 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic The fact they are so dry & snag my blackets #diabeteschat
primetimeparent @mrdivabetic pedicure! #DiabetesChat
laurenpincusrd A1: I dislike how dry and rough my get. I need a great foot cream- any recommendations? @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic people with diabetes can enjoy pedicures but it requires some pre-planning to keep the SAFE #diabeteschat
vlovesfree @mrdivabetic Q1 I try to whenever I have the time #diabeteschat
middlefairy Wish I could but I live in a rural area so no spas closeby
mrdivabetic First, be choosy! Don’t go to the first cheap nail salon you see #diabeteschat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A1 How dry and scaly they are. #DiabetesChat
rushelltuggle @CDiabetesInfo A1. My toes, lol, I have the Tuggle toes, as everyone in my family does. They are just funky, hehe! #DiabetesChat
cdiabetesinfo Save on diabetes supplies! Bayer test strips-available on Costco CMPP program. #DiabetesChat
mrdivabetic Your first priority should be to protect your feet not save money #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic An infection can raise your blood sugars and interfere with proper healing and increase your risk of serious complications #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo (S4L) Save for Later- Diabetes and Gout – #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic If you currently have any infections, cuts, or open sores on your legs, feet, or toenails, skip the salon #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo Great prices on NatureMade vitamins @Costco For people w/diabetes & prediabetes #DiabetesChat
mrdivabetic Avoid shaving your legs. having tiny nicks in your skin can increase the chance of infection. It’s fine to shave afterward. #diabeteschat
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo @DiabetesINFL A1: My dry skin. My heels are rough. #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo Q2 Is it okay to leave nail polish on for a long period of time? #DiabetesChat
laurenpincusrd A2: It’s always good to change nail polish to look at what’s going on underneath. Besides, the same color gets boring #diabeteschat #ad
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo A2: No. But I’m not sure why not. #diabeteschat
melinda74 @CDiabetesInfo A1 I was born w/o arms. use my feet for everything LOVE MY FEET #DiabetesChat
mrdivabetic Dry heals? Avoid doing anything that can scratch or injure the skin. Speak up if you don’t like what they’re doing! #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic Ask the technician not to cut nails too short, as this can encourage ingrown toenails and lead to infection. #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic Never allow the technician to cut your cuticles or use any sharp instruments on your skin or under your toenails. #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo @mrdivabetic what do you recommend for dry heels? #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo Save on a case of Glucerna® Shakes @Costco Helps minimize blood sugar spikes #DiabetesChat
lorishemek Diabetes does involve more planning than just diet.. check out our #DiabetesChat with @mrdivabetic tonight who is all about healthy nails!
mrdivabetic Invest in your own nail kit and bring it!. Play it safe and bring your own nail polish #diabeteschat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A2 Oh no your toenails need to breath! #DiabetesChat
mrdivabetic File, polish and gentle pampering are the keys to a Safe Pedicure #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo You can find more information about exercise and #glucose management on the @CDiabetesinfo website #DiabetesChat
doctorsoption If you’ve lost feeling in your feet, take temperatures each morning & compare spot to spot #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic Should you apply sunscreen to your feet? #diabeteschat
pinkhippo13 @mrdivabetic I do! #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo Q3 Is it okay to get a pedicure at a spa/nail salon if you have diabetes? #DiabetesChat
mrdivabetic Seems obvious to most of us that you would apply sunscreen to your feet but the truth most people don’t use it on their feet #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic It’s important to put sunscreen on your feet before you leave the house and to reapply especially if you are active #diabeteschat
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo A3: Yes, it is ok but make sure they know what they are doing. #diabeteschat
laurenpincusrd Beware of salon pedicures-You can’t be sure they’re sanitary & risky for diabetic feet. Infections & fungus, no thank you! #diabeteschat #ad
primetimeparent .@mrdivabetic I would say yes to sunscreen on the feet #DiabetesChat #bestfootforward
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic Q3 Yes, if you bring your own tools & always check ur feet afterwards #DiabetesChat
primetimeparent @mrdivabetic tan feet look so good with a pink pedi #DiabetesChat #bestfootforward
cdiabetesinfo CinSulin® water extract of cinnamon @Costco, supports healthy blood sugar levels! #DiabetesChat
mrdivabetic Is it okay to leave nail polish for a long period of time? #diabeteschat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A3 Yes as long as you’re careful and the place is clean with a good reputation #DiabetesChat
strongerthant1d Q2 Yup, do it all the time. Never have any problems. #diabeteschat
laurenpincusrd So true! People always forget to sunscreen the feet! #diabeteschat
mykidsloveme2 @mrdivabetic No, it’s not ok to leave nail polish on for a long period of time. #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo Q4 What types of nail polishes are best to use? #DiabetesChat
pat49770 @mrdivabetic No, you need to check the color of the nails now and then. #diabeteschat
strongerthant1d Q3 Yes, that is a myth that you cannot. I have done it many times and NEVER had any problems. I even did it last Saturday. #diabeteschat
snickerdoo2 I do monthly foot and hand checks the same time each onto I do my breast exam. Having a mother and grandmother die/ aware #diabeteschat
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic Q4 I’ve seen ones with tea green oil added. #DiabetesChat
mrdivabetic the longer you wear nail polish the more likely you are to dry out your nails #diabeteschat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A4 The best nail polishes to use are more natural ones and ones that let your nails breath #DiabetesChat
snickerdoo2 @CDiabetesInfo organic #DiabetesChat
Cdiabetesinfo Great prices on Weider® Red Yeast Rice Plus @Costco! Helps lower cholesterol: #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic When you remove nail polish that’s been left on too long, you’ll often see white spots, which means your nails are too dry #diabeteschat
mtl_shokhet Who hosts (asks questions) for #diabeteschat?
Cdiabetesinfo @MTL_Shokhet We do ! #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic GLAM MORE FEAR LESS: Give your nails a chance to breathe! #diabeteschat
pat49770 White spots means too dry. Ok. Note to self. #diabeteschat Thank you.
Cdiabetesinfo (S4L) How to Prevent Diabetes Foot Complications #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic Remove your nail polish when it starts chipping. Same goes for pedicures remove polish on your toes after two to three weeks #diabeteschat
snickerdoo2 @mrdivabetic I have no nail polish once a month for a week #DiabetesChat
cdiabetesinfo Q5 What are some smart feet treats? How can you keep rough/dry feet smooth in the winter? #DiabetesChat
laurenpincusrd A5: Keep feet hydrated with great cream, but on before bed and immediately put on socks to keep in moisture. #diabeteschat #ad
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic Q5 A nice pair of socks with lotion. #DiabetesChat
pat49770 @DiabetesINFL @mrdivabetic Massage them w/ lotion to keep the flow moving, I clip his nails because I think he clips too short #diabeteschat
cdiabetesinfo Free shipping on Costco KS Quit2 Gum! +tips to quit from a Costco pharmacist: #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic Keeping your dad’s blood sugars within a specific range can help reduce some nerve pain. Check with his doctor @melinda74 #diabeteschat
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo A5: Put lotion on and put socks on. It will keep your feet moisturized. #diabeteschat
melinda74 @CDiabetesInfo A5 always use lotion and KEEP feet dry #DiabetesChat
snickerdoo2 @CDiabetesInfo soak feet regularly and use a great moisturizer #DiabetesChat
Lorishemek Very important: “Invest in your own nail kit and bring it!. Play it safe and bring your own nail polish” via @mrdivabetic #DiabetesChat
strongerthant1d Q5 lotion is your best friend. #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic Great question: What types of nail polishes are best to use? #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo Q6 How can #diabetes affect your feet? #DiabetesChat
Laurenpincusrd A6: You may develop lack of sensation which is risky if you step on something and don’t know you have a cut. #diabeteschat #ad
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic Q6 Makes your feet very sensitive! Prone to injuries and infections too #DiabetesChat
snickerdoo2 @CDiabetesInfo poor circulation #DiabetesChat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A5 Using parafin wax, using foot butters and special socks to hold in moisture #DiabetesChat
Rushelltuggle @CDiabetesInfo A6. Numbness, tingling, swelling, cracking #DiabetesChat
snickerdoo2 The feet are so sensitive #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo Get a FREE TRUEresult blood glucose monitoring system @ Costco pharmacy today! #DiabetesChat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A6 It can cause you to lose circulation in your feet and harder to heal from cuts #DiabetesChat
strongerthant1d Q6 You could possibly develop neuropathy. #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic Many nail polishes are TOXIC! Colorful painted nails add a flash of style but wreak havoc on the environment & your health #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo Q7 Is it possible to catch a fungus walking around the pool? How to avoid?#DiabetesChat
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo A6: Yes, of course. It can cause simple cuts to turn to sores. It can also cause neuropathy. #diabeteschat
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A7 Yes! You gotta be careful, use sandals when walking around, in the shower too #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic Popular nail polishes contain ingredients including the “toxic trio,” formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate #diabeteschat
snickerdoo2 @CDiabetesInfo yes it is! Wear shies and clean feet thoroughly #diabeteschat @mrdivabetic
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo A7: Yes, anything is possible. Avoid by wearing shoes. #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo FREE OneTouch Ultra®2 or UltraMini® Meter from Costco Pharmacy! #DiabetesChat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A7 Yes very easily, always wear water shoes, sandals etc. #DiabetesChat
Cdiabetesinfo Q8 Do you apply sunscreen to your feet? #DiabetesChat
Laurenpincusrd A8: Always apply sunscreen to feet, even the bottoms if lying on your belly. Burnt feet are very painful 🙁 #diabeteschat #ad
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A8 Yes! You can get skin cancer even on your feet! Gotta becareful #DiabetesChat
pinkhippo13 @LaurenPincusRD Yes! I’ve seen a few pictures of cancer on the bottom of the feeet. Scary! #DiabetesChat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A8 Yes all the time #DiabetesChat
strongerthant1d Q7 Always wear flip flips while walking around at the pool. #diabeteschat
strongerthant1d Q8 If I remember yes. #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo (S4L) Researchers Make Skin Patch to Heal Diabetes Foot Ulcers #DiabetesChat
Cdiabetesinfo Save Money on Diabetes Medicines with the Costco Member Prescription Program #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic Look for companies that offer nail polishes that have signed a compact with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo Q9 What’s the best way to avoid bad smelling feet in the hot summer? #DiabetesChat
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic Q9 Try to wear open shoes! Air flow is important #DiabetesChat
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo A9: By keeping your feet dry, wearing open toe shoes and applying powder. #diabeteschat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A9 Wash them frequently and wear breathable shoes #DiabetesChat
Thorlos It’s critical to always measure feet & get right fitting w/ shoes whenever wearing Thorlos. Wear ur Thorlos when buying shoes #diabeteschat
melinda74 @CDiabetesInfo A9 keep feet dry #DiabetesChat
snickerdoo2 Keep feet clean and dry @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic GLAM MORE FEAR LESS Here’s some organic nail polishes: Scotch Naturals, Acquarella, Honeybee Gardens and Piggy Paint! #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo Costco KS OPTIFIBER Quickly dissolves in hot or cold beverages & soft foods: #DiabetesChat
strongerthant1d Q9 Make sure they are clean frequently and wear open toe shoes. #diabeteschat
Laurenpincusrd Piggy paint is awesome for girls and safe….#diabeteschat #ad
Cdiabetesinfo Q10 If you get a cut on your foot or toe, what is the best way to avoid an infection? #DiabetesChat
pinkhippo13 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic Q10 Clean it! Make sure you keep it try! Check it daily for signs of infection #DiabetesChat
mykidsloveme2 @CDiabetesInfo A10: Keep it clean, dry and covered. #diabeteschat
deelo880 @CDiabetesInfo @mrdivabetic A10 Treat it immediately, keep an eye on it and make sure it stays clean and dry #DiabetesChat
snickerdoo2 @CDiabetesInfo keep it sterile and dry #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic Chemicals in nail polish and hair spray may increase diabetes risk READ MORE #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo (S4L) Diabetes, Insulin, Foot Care, and Obesity #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic Next question: There’s nothing sweet about smelly feet, what can I do? #diabeteschat
pinkhippo13 @mrdivabetic I would think, wearing more open shoes #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic Believe it or not, the main cause is sweaty feet combined with wearing the same shoes every day! #diabeteschat
snickerdoo2 @mrdivabetic keep clean and dry #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic Your feet sweat into your shoes all day so they get damp and bacteria start to grow! #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic GOOD NEWS for SHOE LOVERS: The key to avoiding smelly feet is never to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row #diabeteschat
snickerdoo2 Change shoes often @mrdivabetic #diabeteschat
Joltdude @mrdivabetic Changing socks, shoes with ventilation, and even socks treated with some metals (silver and copper) can help #diabeteschat
Christyschomp Hello! A10: Keep would clean, dry and look out for signs of infection (redness, swelling). #DiabetesChat
Thorlos Questions about Thorlos Padded Socks? Call us toll free (888)846-7567 during reg bus hours for a friendly exchange #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic Yes, you can use a spray deodorant or antiperspirant on your feet #diabeteschat
strongerthant1d Q10 keep it clean and covered. #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic Smelly feet are a common problem that usually clears up, but sometimes it can be a sign of a medical condition #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo Keep following us on Twitter & let us know about your #diabetes needs #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic Question: Is it possible to catch a fungus walking around the pool? #DiabetesChat
Primetimeparent @mrdivabetic Yes! Spray deodorant on your feet to keep odors away! #bestfootforward #DiabetesChat
Cdiabetesinfo Check out the @CDiabetesinfo website for past #DiabetesChat topics
pinkhippo13 @primetimeparent @mrdivabetic OdorEaters spray works very well #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic I use to be on the swim team in high school and can tell you that yes, you can catch a fungus walking around the pool #diabeteschat
mykidsloveme2 @mrdivabetic Yes, it is possible. #diabeteschat
Mrdivabetic Chlorine can kill viruses, bacteria, and parasites which are inherent or introduced into the waters, but not fungi. #diabeteschat
Middlefairy That’s not good. I guess wear flipflops as much as possible. #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo Thank you everyone for joining us tonight’s #DiabetesChat
Mrdivabetic THONG SONG GONE WRONG! You can get infected with an athlete’s foot by walking barefoot around the pool or shower areas. #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic GLAM MORE FEAR LESS: Wear slippers in walking around the pool and especially when you enter the communal shower rooms #diabeteschat
mrdivabetic GLAM MORE FEAR LESS: Before and after swimming into any pool, wash your body, particularly your bottom with antimicrobial soap #diabeteschat
Cdiabetesinfo 8:55pm Hope you’ll join us for the next #DiabetesChat chat 6/10 8pmEST with Melissa Joy Dobbins, food & nutrition expert @MelissaJoyRD
Cdiabetesinfo Thank you to @MrDivabetic for helping us put our #bestfootforward this summer #DiabetesChat
cdiabetesinfo Bayer test strips are available on the Costco CMPP program. #DiabetesChat
cdiabetesinfo Free shipping on Costco KS Quit2 Gum! +tips to quit from a Costco pharmacist:#DiabetesChat
cdiabetesinfo FREE OneTouch Ultra®2 or UltraMini® Meter from Costco Pharmacy! #DiabetesChat
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