We obviously don’t get hit with the cold winter weather they have to endure in northern states, but this doesn’t mean Arizonans can fall asleep on preventing dry skin. As you’ll see, preventing and treating cracked, fissured skin is important. The good news, our Arizona podiatrist says, is that a foot soak for dry skin not only helps – it’s also relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time!
Dry skin can be downright painful. Even more concerning, cracks and fissures increase infection risk, which can be dangerous for individuals who have diabetes. If the fissures are deep enough, bleeding can be an issue as well.
Unfortunately, excessive dryness tends to be a common skin issue for feet, especially back in the heel area. You can take measures to prevent dry feet from happening in the first place. These include using moisturizer, limiting your time in hot showers, avoiding harsh soaps (that dry out the skin), and drinking plenty of water to moisturize your skin from within.
Foot Soak for Dry Feet
If the problem already exists, it might be time to use a foot soak for dry skin to improve the condition. This entails:
- Fill a basin two-thirds full with warm (not hot!) water. Your basin should be large enough to fit both of your feet comfortably. If your basin is too heavy to move once it’s full, place it in the desired location first and use a pitcher to fill it.
- Add one cup of Epsom salts to the water. Mix with either a large spoon or your hand until the salts are dissolved.
- Mix in one tablespoon of baking soda (per quart of water). This will not only help relieve dry skin, but it can also eliminate foot odor.
- For a pleasant, relaxing aroma, add essential oils or herbs. Peppermint, spearmint leaves, chamomile, and lemon oil are all great options.
- Soak your feet for 20 minutes or until the water starts to turn cold. Then gently pat your feet dry and apply an oil-based moisturizing cream or lotion. These products are best applied when your skin is damp (not wet!) since it traps in moisture.
Preventing Dry Feet
Preventing dry feet is the key. There are many ways to prevent and treat dry feet. To start, make sure you are applying cream or lotion to your feet when you get out of the shower. Your skin can absorb more of the lotion after it has been soaked. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water. Your feet sweat a lot. In order to help your feet retain moisture, be sure to stay hydrated. Using a humidifier in your home is also a great way to keep moisturized throughout your body.
For more useful foot care tips—or to receive expert care for foot and ankle issues—simply contact our team at Fixing Feet Institute.