Diabetes is a disease growing significantly in the United States. The American Diabetes Association states that 8 percent of the U.S. population, or 23.6 million people have either Type 1 or 2 diabetes. It accounts for more than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations. The rate for amputation in diabetes patients is 10x higher than it is for people without the disease.
People with diabetes and neuropathy are vulnerable to footcare and wound issues. The use of whirlpool hydrotherapy baths and soaking can help improve circulation. “…This kind of bath tub will help the foot gently be massaged, which helps the foot begin to circulate blood more evenly. … [These tubs] are easy for any patient to use in their home or at the hospital. The patient simply puts their foot into the hydrotherapy whirlpool bath tubs and allows it to soak for a prescribed amount of time. This therapy can be repeated over the course of days or weeks, depending on the condition of the patient and the recommendation of the physical therapist of primary physician. While the tubs won’t completely heal the poor circulation, there is significant evidence that using a bath tub like this for therapy will reduce the possibility of ulceration and the need for amputation of the foot in severe cases.” This article by Gary Gordon is helpful in describing the therapeutic effects of whirlpool or jetted tubs for diabetic patients with neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease and can be found here: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/hydrotherapy-whirlpool-bathtubs-help-rehabilitate-patients-414251.html
Another good article, The Diabetic Foot , gives great advice such as daily foot inspections. http://www.footsolutions.com/diabetes.htm