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Dry Skin on the Foot
 
Dry skin on the foot– which often affects the soles and heels – is not a dangerous condition, but it can feel painful and look unsightly. If the dry skin on the foot starts to crack, then bleed, however, infection can follow – 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 Skin on the Foot?
 
Dry skin on the foot 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 Skin on the Foot?
 
The most common symptoms of cracked heels and dry skin on the foot include:
  • Red or flaky patches
  • Peeling and cracked skin
  • Itchy skin
 
Soften Dry Skin on the Foot
 
The best way to treat and also prevent dry skin on the foot and heels is to use good therapeutic ointments and creams. Avoid using lotions, as these often contain alcohol, which actually cause the dry skin on the foot to worsen.

Additional therapies for dry skin on the foot and heels include:
  • Use a pumice stone or sand stone to file hard, dry skin on the foot, and use foot creams to penetrate and hydrate dry skin on the foot.
  • Use foot care creams especially designed for nighttime use, and wear socks to help the foot cream better absorb into dry skin on the foot during sleep.
  • Check your shoes regularly for tight spots and areas that rub against dry skin on the foot.
  • Use insoles and other corrective devices to eliminate points of friction that can further irritate dry skin on the foot.
  • 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 dry skin on the foot worsens, or bleeding occurs, consult a physician.
 
Products to Treat Dry Skin on the Foot Available on FootSmart
 
FootSmart can help treat dry skin on the foot and heels with our wide assortment of balms, creams and lotions. If you are suffering from chronic dry skin on the foot, however, please consult your local podiatrist before attempting any treatment plan.

For example, Podiatrist’s Secret Recovery Cream with Tea Tree Oil can soften dry skin on the foot. This dry skin on the foot 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 dry skin on the foot and heels. 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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