04-22-2012 10:59 AM
is it okay to soak feet with epsom salt? i have foot pain/gout, swelling
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04-22-2012 11:13 AM
Like every other tidbits of information you can find here, bear in mind that "your mileage may vary." It's not exactly the same for everyone, but from everything I've found the use of Epsom Salts overall has mostly positive effects.
Like anything, over doing it can have negative effects though Salts can have a drying effect on sensitive skin that has poor circulation and I also read in some cases the absorbtion of magnesium from doing it too much can have a negative effect on blood glucose levels and cause some otherwise unexplaied fluxuations.
Overall it's good stuff if used wisely
04-22-2012 11:24 AM
im not using it for the purpose of lowering blood sugar but for the pain that i have right now which is gout/swelling, in i never used epsom salt before i just read an article about it. thank you for the info.
04-22-2012 11:32 AM - edited 04-22-2012 04:08 PM
I have copied this from the WebMD website about washing of the feet. Please pay notice to the note at the bottom about NOT using Epsom Salt.
Do not use strong antiseptic soaps, chemicals (such as Epsom salt; iodine; or corn, callus, or wart removers), or perfumed skin lotions on your feet.
Do not cut or pick at the skin (cuticles) around your toenails.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
04-22-2012 11:45 AM
I also read in some cases the absorption of magnesium from doing it too much can have a negative effect on blood glucose levels and cause some otherwise unexplaied fluxuations.
The amount of magnesium adsorbed by soaking in Epson Salts is very small and not enough to make a difference. Many diabetics are also deficient in magnesium too, so a little extra is beneficial. A deficiency of magnesium can cause higher numbers, but I've never heard of it raising numbers. A high protein diet can also tend to make the system more acidic, so magnesium can help neutralize too much acid, which would be helpful for gout.
04-22-2012 04:02 PM
The warning against Epsom Salt for people with diabetes strikes me as part of the one-size-fits-all CYA advice given to people with diabetes about foot care.
If you have neuropathy and low blood circulation, then yes, your feet are in danger. An injury or infection that you are too numb to notice can fester, and because of low circulation, heal slowly and develop into a major problem before you might know it exists. Cracks on the feet that could let in germs may be the starting point for infections, and soaking in Epsom Salts or other chemical **could*** be problematic.
But many of us do not have neuropathy and our blood circulation may be quite normal. So the warnings that are given to all people with diabetes really should be applied to those to whom it really is relevant. When Web MD or some other online source issues blanket warnings they dos o because they don't know the particular circumstances of each person reading that advice. So they give you the most conservative the most protective advice. Better that a thousand people who can use Epsom salts not do so, than to have 1 person end up losing a foot because they should not have.
It seems to me that we have to look at these kind of things through our own eyes, take our own circumstances into account, and decide for ourselves which restrictions are most important for us to take heed of...
04-22-2012 04:51 PM
I had a problem with a toe and was told by my primary care provider, who happens to be the one treating my diabetes, to soak it 3 times a day in water as warm as I could take it without burning my skin and Epsom salt.
04-22-2012 04:54 PM
what's the problem with the toe? see my problem is gout, painful and swelling, which is right now it's lower part of the big toe
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