Dry cracked feet can be painful and uncomfortable. If left untreated, these cracks can also allow bacteria to get in, leading to infections, making the pain and discomfort even worse.
If your feet are excessively dry and cracked, the good news is that there are things that you can do to help your feet, even once they’ve reached this point. Let’s take a look at a few tips for helping to get your dry, cracked feet nice and smooth once again.
Keeping your feet moisturized can help prevent them from becoming dry and cracked. If your feet are excessively dry, covering them with a moisturizing cream or petroleum jelly and then putting socks on before bed is a good way to moisturize them.
Keep Them Clean and Dry
Washing your feet daily is important, especially if you have dry, cracked feet. Washing them with some antibacterial soap is a good way to help clear out any bacteria. Be sure to gently dry your feet well after cleaning them.
Using a pumice stone can help gently scrub away dead skin cells can help keep your skin feeling soft. It can also be a great way to remove hardened skin that can potentially crack and peel. Ideally, you should do this step before you moisturize your skin. Always exfoliate gently, taking off a little bit at a time, rather than too much all at once.
Finally, the best way to keep your skin soft and healthy is to stay hydrated yourself. Make sure you drink plenty of water, and avoid too much caffeine and alcohol; which can further dry your skin out.
It is important to remember that you should never cut dead skin off with scissors or sharp objects, but rather, take small steps to gently, and safely, remove hardened skin. Finally, be sure to contact your podiatrist if you have excessively hard callouses or dry, cracked skin that won’t heal.
For foot treatment in Houston, Texas contact Dr. Lamarra of Shepherd Square Podiatry today.