What Do I Do About Cracked Feet?

Have your dry and cracked feet begun affecting your daily life? Do you avoid wearing sandals because you feel embarrassed by the cracked feetappearance of the cracked, dry skin on your feet? If so, you could use some help from your Salem, OR foot doctors at Cascade Foot Center. Learn more about how to treat dry, cracked feet with Dr. James Lisle and Dr. Lee Poston.

What causes cracked feet? 
A callus is a dry, thick patch of skin often found on the ball or heel of your foot. A callus provides the perfect environment for the skin to crack. A crack in the callus can be tender, itchy or even downright painful. Obesity and medical conditions which affect the feet like diabetes, eczema and psoriasis can also contribute to cracked calluses. Those who often go barefoot or walk on jagged or rough surfaces can also cause cracked feet.

How can I prevent my feet from cracking? 
Preventing your feet from cracking can be as easy as preventing calluses from forming. If you notice the skin on your feet becoming thickened or rough, try soaking your feet for 15 to 20 minutes then exfoliating them with a pumice stone. Before bed, apply some kind of moisturizer, lotion or foot cream and cover your feet with socks. Doing this once or twice a week helps keep your feet smooth and crack-free. Drink plenty of water and keep your feet moisturized, especially through summer when they are more exposed to the outside elements.

Dry and Cracked Feet Treatments in Salem, OR 
Cracked feet usually respond well to home treatments similar to the preventative treatments listed above. Soaking the feet, exfoliating them using a pumice stone and slathering them with moisturizer before bed can all help to relieve the symptoms of your cracked feet. However, if your cracked feet begin affecting your daily life or do not respond to this treatment, you should contact your podiatrist for other treatments.

For more information on dry, cracked feet, please contact Dr. Lisle and Dr. Poston at Cascade Foot Center in Salem, OR. Call (503) 588-8188 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!