It's probably still winter in some parts of the world which means there's probably a lot more dry feet this season. Want to know how to deal with dry feet? Here are some home care remedies that has worked for my patients:
- Daily moisturizing with a cream or oil based product. I emphasize daily because it's a maintenance issue, just like brushing your teeth. What products, you ask? People have done well with many products readily found at the drug store. My patients have particularly liked Amlactin (they give us tons of samples so our patients have more exposure to it) and products with urea in it (check out Amazon's urea 40% cream). You can also try Vaseline for tougher skin and recently a patient raved about Corn Husk lotion.
- Avoid hot showers. I know this one is particularly hard for some but the increase in water temperature can strip essential oils from your body, increasing dryness.
- Avoid barefoot or walking with sandals. This is another way moisture can evaporate.
- Dry feet with callus? Hydrate this skin at night time with Vaseline or coconut oil, cover with socks. The next morning in the shower, use a emory board or foot file to gently remove the hard skin. Do a little at a time so you don't damage the skin underneath.
- Dry feet with cracks and open wounds? Visit your local podiatrist or dermatologist. They can evaluate if your dry skin is due to a bigger medical problem. You'll want to hold off putting on any creams in the mean time. We'll need to determine if there is an infection lingering around so you don't want to give it any yummies to stick around.
Wishing you feet wellness!