Caring For Your Dry, Cracked Feet

Cracked feet are often a sign of improper foot care or a medical condition you should be aware of. From over exposure, to the lack of moisture, to medical conditions, like diabetes, there are several things that can cause your feet to be dry and cracked.

Symptoms Of Dry, Cracked Feet

  • Rough or callused skin
  • Red, flaky patches
  • Cracks or fissures on the bottom of the feet
  • Itchy feet
  • Rash (caused by itchy feet)
  • Bleeding or discharge from the cracked feet
  • Symptoms are worse during winter months

Causes of Dry, Cracked Feet

  • Naturally dry skin
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Overweight
  • Medical conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, psoriasis, eczema, and athlete’s foot
  • Age
  • Continuous water exposure
  • Dry air
  • Soap that is drying and non-moisturizing

Problems From Dry, Cracked Feet

If your dry and cracked feet are not treated properly, they can lead to more severe conditions and can become difficult to manage if it is left untreated. Severe or deep cracks will not only be painful, but can cause complications, such as the following:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Infections
  • Increased itchiness
  • Burning sensations
  • Require a doctor’s visit, and possibly more expensive treatments

Preventing Dry, Cracked Feet

In order to prevent cracked feet, you can do the following:

  • Use natural oils or creams to keep the skin moisturized.
  • Avoid products that contain alcohol.
  • Regularly apply moisturizers on the feet after bathing.
  • Use mild soaps while bathing.
  • Avoid using hot water for bathing, as this will remove the oils from the skin.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Avoid saunas and steam baths.
  • Wear shoes that fit your feet appropriately, allowing your feet to breathe.
  • Avoid sweaty feet and keep them dry.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and caffeine, which can increase itchiness.

If you are experiencing itchiness or pain that is severe, and there is bleeding or discharge from the cracked areas of the feet, then it is critical that you see your podiatrist immediately.

For more information on how to treat your dry, cracked feet, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today!