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Question:

From Ontario, Canada:

My son is a type 1, 23 year old insulin dependent diabetic. He runs 45 km a day (that's a marathon). He has some blisters and a couple of infected toes. What is the best thing to do for this sort of problem? He has been soaking his feet in salt water, using Polysporin and keeping them as clean as possible.

Answer:

First of all, the blisters on your son's feet most likely mean that he overdid it. When feet are concerned, things can go from bad to worse very quickly. At the first sign of a blister, inflammation, infection, trauma or discoloration, your son should contact his health care professional, whether it be his physician or podiatrist. For blisters, cuts, athlete's foot, calluses, etc., he should follow the treatment instructions of his health-care team. Because your son has diabetes, these conditions need special attention.

One last thing: feet should be washed, but not soaked, in warm (not hot -- test the temperature with you hands or elbows first), soapy water daily. Soaking the feet softens the skin and makes it more susceptible to infections.

PL

Original posting 12 Oct 1998
Posted to Other Illnesses

  
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