Epsom salt is a mineral compound made up of magnesium sulfate. It is often touted as a natural remedy for various ailments and promoted as a way to speed up wound healing. If you have a diabetic foot ulcer, consult with a podiatrist first for treatment options instead of soaking in Epsom salts which could affect healing and put you at risk for complications.
Reasons Not to Use Epsom Salt
Despite the potential benefits of using Epsom salt for your foot ulcer, such as speeding up healing, reducing inflammation, and drawing out infection, there are some risks. First, if you have diabetes, soaking your foot wound in hot water can cause burns if you have reduced sensation in your feet. You may not feel how hot the water is and suffer burns without knowing.
Second, when you soak your feet in Epsom salt water, the magnesium sulfate in the salt can actually cause the skin on your feet to dry out. This is especially true if you have diabetes which can cause problems with dry skin. If you soak your feet for too long, the skin on your feet may become so dried out it cracks, which can delay healing and lead to infection.
Finally, if you have an infection, soaking your foot ulcer in hot water could actually spread the infection by causing bacteria to enter your bloodstream through the open wound.
If you're considering soaking your foot ulcer in Epsom salt, talk to your podiatrist first to make sure it's safe.
Contact Our Texas Foot Wound Podiatrists
If you have a diabetic foot wound, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can discuss treatment options and create a plan based on your needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.