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Foot Balms Help Soothe Dry Skin
Dry skin on your feet – which often affects the soles and heels – is not a dangerous condition, but it can feel painful and look unsightly. If dry skin 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.

Using a foot balm is a great way to treat and prevent dry skin on your feet and heels. Please read on for information on additional therapies.
Use a Foot Balm, Other Products to Treat Dry Skin on Feet and Heels
The best way to treat and also prevent dry, cracked heels and general dry skin on your feet is to use a good therapeutic foot balm, foot care cream or foot lotion to keep feet smooth. Avoid using a foot balm that contains alcohol, however, as these products can ADD to your dry feet problems (alcohol is a drying agent).

In addition to using a foot balm, you can try the following:
  • Use a pumice stone or sand stone to file the hard dry skin, the smooth on a foot balm to better penetrate the skin.
  • Use a foot balm especially designed for nighttime use, and wear socks to help the foot balm better absorb into your skin during sleep.
  • Check your shoes for tight spots and areas that rub on a regular basis.
  • Use insoles and other corrective devices to eliminate points of friction.
  • 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 the dry, cracked skin on your feet and heels worsens, or bleeding occurs, consult a podiatrist.
Foot Balms and Other Products to Treat Dry Skin Available on can help treat dry skin and heels with our wide assortment of foot balms, creams and lotions. If you are suffering from chronic dry skin, however, please consult your local podiatrist before attempting any treatment plan.

Products available include:
  • FootSmart Soothing Foot Balm – This foot balm uses time-proven witch hazel to cool the burning feeling of dry feet and cracked heels. Tingly, energizing peppermint oil gives stressed feet new life, while refreshing lavender oil soothes away tiredness and aches.
  • FootSmart Total Foot Care Kit with Socks – Restore heels, soles and toes to baby softness, exfoliate dry skin, soften callus buildup and remove dead skin with this seven piece foot care kit. Included is the FootSmart Soothing Foot Balm, which is especially effective at reviving stressed, tired, aching feet. Kit includes:
    • FootSmart Soothing Foot Balm
    • FootSmart NightTime Foot Renewal Cream
    • FootSmart NightTime Heel Sock
    • FootSmart Callus Treatment Cream
    • FootSmart File
    • FootSmart Toenail Brush
    • FootSmart Toe Spacer Cushions
  • Podiatrist’s Secret Recovery Cream with Tea Tree Oil – This foot cream contains alpha hydroxy fruit acid, plus deep-penetrating urethin to soften hard skin and remove cracks and fissures.

In addition to foot balm, FootSmart sells many other products designed to help treat dry skin 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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