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Dry Feet
 
Dry skin, usually the culprit behind cracked heels and dry feet, commonly appears on such areas of the feet as the soles and feet.

While cracked heels and dry feet are not dangerous conditions, they can feel painful, and if the cracking starts to bleed, it can lead to infection – an especially serious problem for anyone with a chronic disease such as diabetes, or a lowered immune system due to age or illness.
 
What Causes Dry Feet?
 
Dry feet can result from a variety of reasons:
  • Age
  • Improperly fitting shoes
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Household heat that reduces humidity and dries out the skin
 
Symptoms: Do You Have Dry Feet?
 
The most common symptoms of cracked heels and dry feet include:
  • Red or flaky patches
  • Peeling and cracked skin
  • Itchy skin
 
Soften Dry, Cracked Feet
 
The best way to treat and also prevent dry feet is to use good therapeutic ointments and creams. Avoid using lotions, as these often contain alcohol, which actually cause your dry feet to worsen.

Additional therapies for dry feet and heels include:
  • Use a pumice stone or sand stone to file hard, dry feet, and use foot creams to penetrate and hydrate your dry feet.
  • Use foot care creams especially designed for nighttime use, and wear socks to help the foot cream better absorb into your dry feet during sleep.
  • Check your shoes regularly for tight spots and areas that rub against your dry, cracked feet.
  • Use insoles and other corrective devices to eliminate points of friction on your dry feet.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with a wide toe box.
Make sure you avoid getting foot lotion, foot balm and foot cream between your toes, as the additional moisture can lead to bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot. If your dry feet get any worse, or bleeding occurs, consult a physician.
 
Products to Treat Dry, Cracked Feet Available on FootSmart
 
FootSmart can help treat your dry feet with our wide assortment of balms, creams and lotions. If you are suffering from chronic dry feet, however, please consult your local podiatrist before attempting any treatment plan.

For example, Podiatrist’s Secret Recovery Cream with Tea Tree Oil can soften your dry feet. This dry feet solution product contains alpha hydroxy fruit acid, plus deep-penetrating urethin to soften hard skin and remove cracks and fissures.

FootSmart sells many other products designed to help treat your dry feet. Start shopping today.

Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.
 
 
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