Addressing Concerns for Diabetics: Skin Care Products for Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Shoe Care Innovations invented the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer as an easy way of ridding one’s footwear of bacteria and fungi that could otherwise thrive and multiply into enormous colonies and cause festering foot infections. Ultraviolet light is a safe, natural, and effective method of preventing pathogens from reproducing or doing the body any harm. For people with diabetes, it’s especially important to keep the feet as clean and sanitized as possible. Our microbe-fighting product is one step in preventing diabetic foot infections. Prevention of an ulcerous break in the skin is another important factor to consider, so we’ve compiled a list of pressure ulcer prevention products.

antimicrobial cleanser

HibiClens is a hospital-grade antimicrobial cleanser diabetics can use on their feet.

Antimicrobial Cleanser

The first step in preventing a foot infection is to keep the area clean. HibiClens is an antimicrobial cleanser that is often used in hospitals to inhibit bacterial, viral, and fungal growth. People say they have used the product for everything from acne and MRSA infections to Strep B in children and foot fungus. Nurses and doctors report using the product on patients with bed sores and boils. This potent product is said to continue killing off pathogens for up to six hours after washing. Amazon reviewers give HibiClens 4.5/5 stars, and the only real complaints were that there is a chemical antiseptic smell, and it’s a little on the pricey side.

Skin Repair Cream

Skin repair cream restores the body’s moisture, which makes the skin less likely to break open into a wound. Pathogens can enter the body through something as simple as cracked heels, so it’s important to keep the skin on the feet supple and smooth. Protèque is a cream that reportedly delivers “all the benefits of corticosteroids, without the negative side effects.” Patients with everything from dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea to hemorrhoids, athlete’s foot, and razor burn can benefit from this cream. Though it’s also said to help relieve itchy feet, one Amazon customer says it does not help against itching caused by bug bites.

skin protectant

Skin protectant takes moisturizing and skin repair one step further.

Skin Protectant

Thick skin protectant pastes prevent skin breakdown and keep the wound moist enough to heal, yet protects against irritation, infection, and excessive moisture from wound drainage. Lantiseptic Skin Protectant is a highly recommended product that is gentle enough for use on diaper rash, but also strong enough to tackle foot ulcers. Podiatry Today says Lantiseptic is a “nice, cost-effective product line” for the treatment of diabetic feet and stage II pressure ulcers.

preventing and treating foot ulcers

Lantiseptic is recommended by podiatrists for treating and preventing foot ulcers.

Foot Powder

Ionic silver powder was found to promote wound closure in one study. It can help manage fluids and keep bacteria out of a wound for up to five days per application. According to study authors, “Systemic antibiotics were not required once silver powder was initiated,” “the powder was convenient and easy to use,” and “the majority of the wounds that received the silver powder closed within 16 weeks.”

Therapeutic Footwear

Perhaps the most effective way to prevent ulcer development is to see a podiatrist for custom-made shoe inserts or shoes that offload pressure from your feet, based on your unique biomechanics. According to American Family Physician“The most effective preventive measure for major amputation seems to be screening and referral to a foot care clinic if high-risk features are present.” Thus, in addition to trying some of these products, keep in mind there is no substitute for professional help.

We care about the health of our customers’ feet, which is why we invented the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer. Our hope is that small investments in preventative measures will help prevent costly and life-affecting results later on down the line. We invite you to try the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer risk-free for 30 days. We are confident that you will find it a worthwhile and valuable addition to your everyday foot health regimen.