Dry skin, usually the culprit behind cracked heels, commonly appears on such areas of the feet as the soles and heels.
Dry skin can result from a variety of reasons:
You most likely have dry skin if your feet display the following symptoms:
Since sufferers of athlete's foot display similar symptoms, check for blistering around your toes. If you see any blistering, you most likely have the fungal infection commonly referred to as athlete's foot, and need to use an anti-bacterial ointment to treat its symptoms. (See the Athlete's Foot or Itchy Feet pages for more information.)
Additional therapies include the following:
Make sure you avoid getting cream and ointment between your toes, as the additional moisture can lead to bacterial infections such as athlete's foot. If the dry skin and cracking worsen, or bleeding occurs, consult a physician.
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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