We live in the desert, and because of that we deal with skin conditions that people who live in more humid climates don’t have to worry about as much. Dry, cracked skin can be a problem in an arid climate. It usually gets worse when the weather is cold, but even with temperatures currently up it can be an issue. Cracked heels can be especially painful in the winter.
The symptoms of dry heels can present in different ways. You might suffer from one or all of these warning signs, so it’s a good thing to know what to look out for. The main indicator is dry, itchy skin that flakes off when you scratch it. The skin might change colors and become white or red. It may also begin to harden because of the loss of moisture, and cracks may begin to develop in the heel. Finally, you might feel pain and discomfort when walking as the cracks become bigger.
There are things you can do for your feet at home to prevent and treat cracked feet. Always make sure you clean your feet daily with warm—not hot—water. Use a pumice stone to slough away dead skin. Then pat your feet dry and cover them in moisturizer. Make sure you are also following a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly, as that will promote good overall health and get the blood pumping all the way down to your toes.
If you have noticed any of the early indicators of dry, cracked heels and would like to schedule a visit with Dr. Viedra Elison, call us today at 623-584-5556 or request an appointment online. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ, we know how uncomfortable it can be to have dry skin and we are here to make that problem disappear.
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