Cons: Expensive but worth it.
The Bottom Line: You don't have to have a foot fetish to love using this product.
Regardless of whether or not you are a diabetic, you really need to pay more attention to your feet. That might sound odd coming from someone that is a non-practicing diabetic but its my hope that you will learn from my mistakes. Your feet take a lot of abuse and deserve to be pampered from time to time. No, that doesn’t mean having to go to a spa or have a pedicure but invest in some good socks, change them often and for the love of whatever god you worship never ignore a blister. Sure, go ahead and laugh. I know I did when I ignored a blister on my foot. It healed, broke open, healed, broke open and repeated the same cycle over and over until septicemia took over and almost killed me. Hummm. Did that get your attention? I hope it did.
I was given a lot of different products to try on my remaining foot to keep it in tip top shape. One that works the best on the bottom part of my foot is Dermal Therapy Foot Massage Cream. Packed in a three and a half ounce tube it isn't cheap but you know, I only have one foot left so I really need to overlook the ten dollar price tag and just suck it up. Since I am what is considered an active amputee I have to check my residual limb a couple times a day as well as my remaining foot; you never know when you are going to get a blister or redness and you need to catch it and start treating any kind of skin ailment as soon as possible.
Dermal Therapy Foot Massage Cream is thick but not so much so that it clogs the opening; it isn’t greasy so I can apply it after I take a shower or when I change my sock without worry about my foot slipping or sliding around inside my sock, hiker or shoe. That is one of the biggest perks of the product because I need stability whenever I am walking around or doing anything around the house. One problem I have had over the past five or six years is extremely dry skin and cracks on the heel of my feet. Now that I only have one left I have to check it
often to make sure that the skin is clean and dry but moisturized to prevent cracking.
My situation is rather unique; if I am applying any kind of cream before I go to bed I have to make sure that it isn’t going to be something that agitates or aggravates my skin and that when I get up I am not going to have anything on my hands that will transfer to the silicone sleeve. Why not just wash your hands? Well, its kind of hard to get to the bathroom without two legs and there is no way I am crawling there. This specific cream does not have any type of scent added to it so in that aspect it is perfect for me to use before I go to bed. I apply it a little heavier at night then use some plastic wrap around it but I don't wrap it tightly. Wrapping it to try and "lock in" the cream could do more harm that good by not allowing air flow and the natural dissipation of the cream. Now that its bone chilling here I use a leg warmer over my stump to keep it comfortable when I am sleeping. If I am using a leg warmer I won't use plastic wrap on it and so far I have not had this stain my sheets, comforter or leg warmers that have come in contact with it.
Do you have to be a diabetic or amputee to use this? No. That's just silly but I will snicker when I say I get twice as much use from a tube than most other people. The average selling price on a tube is about ten dollars; you might be able to find it for less than that online but you can also be guaranteed that they will make up for the price difference with a huge shipping fees. To me this is worth it; I don't use a lotion or moisturizer every time I take a shower but at the first sign of dry skin or irritation I break this tube out and use it. I do use this more in the fall and winter than at other times of the year but it is something that I always have around the house. You can use this on other parts of the body and it works wonders on elbows and knees that get dry and itchy during the winter months.
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