You might be thinking “moisturizing my feet is such a hassle.” Sure, it can be little time consuming, but you need to remember that keeping your feet moisturized can save you from dry, cracked skin that can lead to fissures—or even wounds and ulcers for some people.
If you’re already dealing with a dryness problem, trying using an oil, cream, or salve. Rub it deeply into your skin after taking a shower or foot bath. At first, try to stay away from lotions with alcohol in them; that could further deplete your skin of moisture. After your skin is showing signs of repair, you can begin to using lotion. You can also use moisturizing soaps when you wash them, and make sure you drink plenty of water.
Your dry feet might also be an indicator of a more serious problem like thyroid disease, eczema, or psoriasis. If that’s the case, treating the underlying problem should help clear up your skin. If you’re concerned for your skin health, please make an appointment with Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, at (775) 783-8037. Sierra Foot & Ankle can also be found on Pinterest and Twitter!