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How to Practice Good Foot Skin Care
 
Foot skin – especially on your soles and heels – can sometimes become hard and dry. While dry skin and heels is not dangerous, it can feel painful and look unsightly, so it’s important to practice good foot skin care techniques.

If dry skin and heels start 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. Anyone with these types of conditions should be sure to practice a particularly good foot skin care regimen.

Know the Causes of Dry Skin to Practice Good Foot Skin Care
 
It’s important to understand the causes of dry skin and heels in order to practice good foot skin care techniques. Causes include:
  • Age
  • Improperly fitting shoes
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Household heat that reduces humidity and dries out the skin


Know How to Recognize the Symptoms of Dry Skin to Practice Good Foot Skin Care
 
It’s important to know how to recognize the symptoms of dry skin and heels in order to put together a good foot skin care regimen. The most common symptoms of dry skin include:
  • Red or flaky patches
  • Peeling and cracked skin
  • Itchy skin


Soften Dry Foot Skin with an Excellent Foot Skin Care Routine
 
The best way to treat and also prevent dry skin on the heels and feet is to practice a good foot skin care routine. A great first step: Use good therapeutic ointments and creams, while avoiding creams that contain alcohol, which can actually cause dry skin to worsen.

Additional techniques to include in your foot skin care regimen include:
  • Use a pumice stone or sand stone to file hard, dry foot skin, then soothe with a foot cream.
  • Use creams especially designed for nighttime use, and wear socks to help it better absorb into dry skin during sleep.
  • Check your shoes regularly for tight spots and areas that rub against dry skin.
  • Use insoles and other corrective devices to eliminate points of friction that can further irritate dry skin.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with a wide toe box.
A good tip to remember when engaging in your foot skin care routine: Make sure you avoid getting foot lotion, balm and/or cream between your toes, as the additional moisture can lead to bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot. If dry skin worsens, or bleeding occurs, put a stop to your foot skin care routine and immediately consult a physician.

Products to Include in Your Foot Skin Care Routine Available on FootSmart
 
FootSmart can help you follow your foot skin care regimen with our wide assortment of balms, creams and lotions. If you are suffering from chronic dry foot skin, however, please consult your local podiatrist before starting any foot skin care routine.

For example, Podiatrist’s Secret Recovery Cream with Tea Tree Oil is a great product to include in your foot skin care routine. This dry skin 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 foot skin and heels, all of which would be great to use in your foot skin care routine. 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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