Dry Cracked Feet – What Causes This and How Best to Treat It

Dry Cracked Feet can be extremely painful and in turn and lead to much distress and pain. It is imperative therefore that you recognize the causes, symptoms and possible treatment options available for dry, cracked feet.

Causes

Dry skin can affect any part of the body, but the soles of your feet are very susceptible to this condition as they, like the palms of your hands, lack sebaceous ( oil) glands to help keep them lubricated. These glands secrete sebum, which helps to prevent the evaporation of moisture from the skin. Remember also, that dry skin can be the result of a nutritional deficiency. Be mindful in particular of vitamins A,B complex, C, D or E. Some find that rubbing lotion on your feet on a daily basis may help to ease the condition- it is imperative that basic foot care is a routine daily habit.

Symptoms

First of all you need to rule out that the dryness and cracks on your feet are not caused by Athlete’s foot. If they are seek specific treatment for this condition. Having ruled this out then we are left with a probable cause of neglect! By ignoring your feet and basic foot care, including choosing appropriate footwear, the result may be painful and unpleasant consequences. This will include at times – rough, dry and at times painful skin. Calluses can form on your heels an, balls of your feet, and on your toes. They can thicken and in turn crack and harden if action is not taken to pare down and soften. Walking in turn can become extremely painful. If you exercise, your feet perspire a lot. In warmer months this will not pose such a problem, but in winter, the air is drier and colder and your soft, sweaty feet will dry and crack after removing your running shoes if you don’t care for them properly

Treatment and Prevention

If you’ve allowed your feet to become hard and leathery, you must first soften them before you can begin the process of healing the dry skin condition.

Try to prevent dry, cracked skin forming by not waiting until winter to start treating them. Begin at the end of summer with some preventative maintenance so that you never reach the dreaded skin-splitting stage.

Do always see a physician, if your feet become resistant to treatment i.e. if they have become extremely hard dry and thick. The elderly in particular often suffer from dry skin problems, mainly due to the inability to simply bend over and reach their feet to take care of them. A doctor or other foot specialist would be of great assistance with their basic foot care needs

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