How to Take Care of Dry, Cracked Feet
As we head into the later months of the year, temperatures around here aren’t going to drop nearly as much as they will in other parts of the country. That’s certainly one advantage to living in Arizona. Of course, the tradeoff for warmer temps all year long is a more arid environment.
Due to the dryness of our natural surroundings, feet can also become quite dry. This becomes a problem when excessive dryness leads to cracked skin. Cracks and fissures can be painful and—if deeper—increase your risk of infection.
Did you know that most of the skin on your body has oil glands to keep it moisturized? Well, the feet are actually an exception to this and are naturally drier than the rest of your body. External factors, such as dry, winter air, can exasperate this condition and lead to itchiness, redness, and rough and cracked skin.
Taking care of dry feet is also an essential component of diabetic foot care. Individuals who live with diabetes cannot afford to have cracks in the skin that can be caused by excessively dry feet. If you have this disease, foot care needs to be a part of your daily routine.
There are a variety of methods to take care of dry feet. An easy way is to simply take a little time before bed each night and wash your feet with soap and water, pat them thoroughly dry with a towel, and then rub them gently while applying moisturizer. Do this every night and your feet will certainly appreciate it!
It can feel wonderful to handle dry feet by pampering yourself with a little foot care at the end of the day, but we have some tips if you’d like to avoid dry feet in the first place. Moisturizing your feet after every shower or bath will certainly help. If you use a humidifier, it will keep moisture in the air and your feet will not dry out as much. Showers that are too hot will actually cause dryness, so opt for a more moderate temperature.Our team at Fixing Feet Institute, hopes that you and your loved ones don’t have to worry about dry skin causing pain or increasing infection risk, or any skin or toenail condition that causes you problems! If excessively dry skin is giving you problems and you need professional care, come in and see us at our Surprise, AZ office. Call us at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment today.
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