If you are suffering from cracked feet it’s more than likely that you have a common condition known simply as dry skin.
This fairly common condition can range from simple dry skin to painful, peeling or flaking areas of the skin and/or red, itchy patches. It most commonly occurs on the heels, ball of foot, or sides of the foot.
Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is usually considered a cosmetic problem, but if left untreated it can lead to a variety of far more serious problems.
Dry feet are caused by a lack of moisture in the skin. There are several common factors that can lead to dry feet, including:
Treating dry feet usually begins with treating the underlying cause. Some people naturally have dry skin and must constantly take extra steps to ensure that their feet are moisturized at all times. The most common solution for dry feet is a therapeutic oil, ointment, or cream.
Most lotions are not recommended for dry feet because they contain alcohol, which can dry the skin further. Baby lotion is usually acceptable since it does not contain chemicals that irritate the skin. Additional treatments may include:
If your feet have calluses, cracked skin, wounds, or rashes, dry skin that does not improve with creams or lotions, an evaluation by a podiatrist is recommended.
Many people believe they should see a dermatologist for their dry feet, but podiatrists are better qualified to address this problem.
Dermatologists are skin doctors and podiatrists are foot doctors, but podiatrists are trained in dermatology to help patients with skin conditions (dry skin, athlete’s foot, warts on feet, etc.) on their feet.
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