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How to Handle Dry Cracked Feet

Dry cracked feet are common for many people. Dry skin, or xerosis, comes from a lack of moisture in the skin. It can be a cosmetic problem or an underlying health condition. Itchiness, rash, pain, and even infections can be a result of dry skin. Cracked skin on the feet can be from calluses on the heels or soles of the feet. This can happen from environmental factors, such as temperature or soaps used. It can happen from skin afflictions, like athlete’s foot or psoriasis.  It can come from medical conditions or nutritional deficiencies, including diabetes, hypothyroidism, or malnutrition. Cracked feet can also come from aging. As one ages, changes in hormones and metabolism lead to the body replacing skin cells less frequently, the outer skin layer becoming thicker, and the protective fat pad on the sole becoming thinner. The skin on the feet becomes more stressed leading to cracked and calloused skin. If you suffer from dry, cracked feet and additional moisturizing does not help or an infection seems to be brewing, it is suggested that you consider seeing a podiatrist for additional help.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Sarah Urton, DPM from Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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