Change wouldn't come easily, however. Garcia said that his doctor, who'd heard that gastric bypass surgery could successfully treat diabetes, initially suggested it. But first, to ensure that he was a good candidate for the drastic lifestyle changes required after the surgery, Garcia's doctors enrolled him in a six-month nutrition program to help people learn to control their eating. He had already lost some weight on his own and was down to 370 pounds when he started the nutrition program. After six months, he was down to 320 poundsa clear sign that he was making the necessary changes. 13.Always have a pair of running shoes or casual shoes in the car or in your desk. You never know when you need to make a mad dash for the airport or get stuck running errands. Always have a pair of Crocs or comfortable sneakers on hand for emergencies. 15.Get a regular pedicure. Having a regular pedicure and keeping your toenails in tip top shape can help with ingrown toenails, also caused by shoe pressure. Make sure your pedicurist is using sterile instruments and never let them cut your corns and calluses with a sharp blade! Hard skin is usually the result of a build up of tissues in a particular area of the foot, and it usually occurs in response to excessive pressure or friction as the body tries to protect itself. Hard skin is usually yellow in color and often affects the ball and heel of the foot, as well as the toes. It is also common to get hard skin if you are suffering from bunions as the shift of weight caused by the large toe lead to hard skin under the 2nd metatarsal. There is an easy way to prevent skin hardening on your feet By following a simple daily routine as part of your hygiene regime along with some proper feet rest and a warm relaxing foot bath - that should do the trick. The use of specific foot care products such as skin softening oils and lotions will also assist in preventing skin hardening. Keeping up with the basics such as using a pumice stone, sufficient moisturizing, and keeping feet dry, should lead you to a successful foot treatment agenda for hard skin Lymphedema's main symptom is actually chronic swelling in your entire leg (or arm), including your toes or fingers. It usually happens in just one leg or arm, but can occur in both at the same time. Your affected leg will also probably feel heavy, tight, achy, may be harder to move around, and may have thick and hard skin. Legs affected by lymphedema also tend to develop infections more easily. Some conditions that cause swollen feet may be life-long. But, with proper treatment and regular visits to your podiatrist, there's no reason why your feet can't be just as beautiful and interesting as they were before. I am also very worried about my daughter as she a has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and her feet and legs seem to be numb more than not. She has gained SO much weight and never wore ore than a size 7 before,where now she weighs 265.I have been busy helping to build up her clientele here and trying to help her manage her diet from 11 miles away. As I am not cooking for her the ideas I give I never know if they are being used.I buy her all the healthy good foods but can't control snacks and drive though fast foods. Choose sunscreen with a sun protection factor of no less than 30 and apply it before going out in the sun It's more effective that way and keeps it from staining your clothes at the same time, says Jamie Hirsh, senior associate editor for Consumer Reports Health in Yonkers, N.Y. Make sure you use enough of it. Apply two to three tablespoons to cover all exposed skin. That's about equivalent to filling a shot glass. And put sunscreen on easily forgotten areas prone to sunburn such as your neck and the tops of your ears and feet, if you're wearing sandals. When I first saw Easy Feet advertised on an As Seen On TV commercial, I initially considered the massage aspects of the product. Foot massage has long been considered therapeutic and relaxing. There's no better way to treat a friend or loved one than to give their sore feet a wonderful foot massage. Massage therapy students spend hundreds, perhaps thousands, to learn different foot massage therapy techniques, so foot massage definitely has value. You can usually keep the same wrap on your feet for up to two or three days before it needs changed. Be sure to consult a professional before attempting any self treatment for foot problems. During the winter the air is dryer, which means our skin is dryer. Run a humidifier in your house to put some of the air back in that is lost when it is cold out. This will help keep your skin, on your feet and the rest of your body, from getting overly dried out. Exfoliating helps remove dry and dead skin cells, which allows the healthy new skin to be visible. Exfoliating can also help keep your feet from getting hard, crusty callouses. Exfoliate once a week, using a pumice stone for tougher skin and a pair of exfoliating gloves or an exfoliating scrub for the less rough parts!