Foot Problems/Diabetes

If you are being treated for diabetes it is important that your physician says that you are able to receive pedicure services.

Choosing a safe salon and a trained nail tech is essential to your health. Since susceptibility to skin infections is a concern, your salon should follow the standards listed on the We Sterilize page of this website.

Your nail tech should be trained to work on clients with diabetes and be aware of the extra precautions that must be taken. Additionally, the nail tech must have knowledge of the client’s medical history which is why AthenA Elliott always conducts a pre-service screening.

At SPAthena® you can relax knowing our equipment is properly sterilized and you are being safely cared for!

Here are a few tips for people with diabetes, for more information see this article by Web MD (


  • Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water
  • Check your feet regularly for cuts, bruises, or other injuries
  • Smooth corns and calluses gently
  • Keep toenails trimmed
  • Dry your feet well (be sure to dry between your toes and use talcum powder to keep the skin between your toes dry!)
  • Rub a thin coat of skin lotion, cream, or petroleum jelly on the tops and bottoms of your feet


  • Never soak your feet, because the skin will get dry
  • Never put lotions or creams between your toes unless your doctor has told you it’s ok, otherwise this may cause infection
  • Never use razor blades, corn plasters, or liquid corn and callus removers; they can damage your skin
  • Never push the cuticles back; this can cause injury which can lead to infection

Common Foot Problems

A bunion, also known as Hallux Abducto Valgus is an enlargement of bone in the joint at the base of the great toe. Bunions are often inherited and usually worsen over time.

Hammer Toes
Hammertoe deformity is caused by an inherited muscle imbalance or an abnormally long proximal phalanx, causing the toe joints to contract.

Heel Pain
Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it.

Nail Problems
Ingrown and thickened nails are two of the more common nail ailments. Ingrown nails occur when the nail grows into its surrounding skin, especially in the big toe. Thickened nails can be caused by pressure from footwear, fungal infections, and conditions including diabetes and psoriasis.

Often seen in patients who wear tight-fitting shoes, neuroma is caused by the thickening of a inter digital nerve. Signs of neuromas can include cramping, burning and numbness on the ball of the foot and into the toes.

Most often seen on the bottom of the foot, warts often appear as soft spots, that are red, brown or black in color. Warts are caused by viral infections.