Have you ever noticed how a baby’s feet are smooth and soft? It’s hard to believe your feet were once that way, too. As we get age and wear-and-tear takes its toll, our soft, smooth feet can become dry, scaly, and sometimes even crack. Although it may seem like a mild condition, if left untreated, dry, cracked skin creates an opening for bacteria.
If your feet are always dry, the condition may not be simply due to a lack of moisture. In fact, you many people are diligent about moisturizing but still end up with rough, dry, and uncomfortable feet.
The Causes Of Dry Foot Skin
When moisturizer doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to look deeper. Dry, cracked foot skin can be caused by many factors, notably:
- Systemic Disease: Medical conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, and eczema can all cause dry skin, especially on the feet. If your feet are super dry and you suspect there’s something serious going on, it’s time for a checkup with your physician.
- Athlete’s Foot and Fungal Infection: The typical symptoms of Athlete’s Foot and fungal infections are dry and scaly skin. And, contrary to popular belief, Athlete’s Foot does not always cause itching.
- Excessive Sweating: If your feet sweat a lot, the dampness can actually cause your skin to get dry. It’s counterintuitive but true.
- The Wrong Shoes: Incorrect or poor-fitting shoes can cause calluses and those calluses can crack and form fissures.
Regardless what causes your dry foot skin, it’s always a good idea to be kind to your feet. Here are some tips:
- Cleanse: Use a non-drying soap and always dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes.
- Exfoliate: Gently remove any rough patches and flaky skin with either a granular or acid agent in a product specially formulated for feet. Make sure you buy only top quality products because the products you find on the shelf at your local pharmacy may actually make your condition worse.
- Moisturize: Moisturize the dry areas of your feet before you get in bed. Some people wear a pair of socks at night so the lotion stays intact. If your skin is hard and tight, use a moisturizer that contains 20%-40% urea, which will keep your skin hydrated.
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If your dry skin doesn’t improve after three weeks or more, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Dr. Baldinger is an expert in the treatment of dry feet and will get to the bottom of your problem.
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