Four Ways to Deal with Cracked Feet
With the weather getting warmer and the pants getting shorter, you may be tempted to wear those open toe sandals or high heels. However, your feet may not look like they’re ready for walking weather. Having dry and scaly feet is a common condition for winter, but these symptoms may also arise if you take long, hot baths or use harsh soap for your feet when you shower. When this happens your feet can begin to develop fissures, which are painful cracks in your heels. Think of it this way, if you put some wet paper on a balloon, it will look smooth at first right? Yet, as the balloon expands the paper will begin to dry and crack. This is what is happening to your skin.
People who suffer from obesity and diabetes are considered to be at high risk for cracked heels. Those who have diabetes will have nerve deterioration to their feet from unregulated blood sugar control causing dryness. They are also more likely to sustain an infection from cracked heels vs non-diabetics. People who have obesity are also high risk because of the weight put in their heels adds pressure to their skin. This pressure forces the skin to expand, which eventually causes it to dry, break and eventually bleed. Anyone can get cracked heels, especially in the winter time when the air is dry and cold.
If your feet are cracked we recommend the following
- Get an over the counter lotion that heals dry skin fast
- Avoid taking long hot baths
- Avoid harsh soaps that dry out skin. Try using soap with lotion in it instead.
- Drink lots of water to hydrate body and your skin
Your skin in your biggest organ in your body and it’s very important to take care of it when it gets dry and cracked. However, if you are experiencing pain and bleeding from your cracked feet, it’s important to seek help from a podiatrist. Bleeding should not continue after weeks of over the counter lotion applications, so if you are still experiencing this, please seek immediate care.
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