Posts for tag: Dry Feet
Certain shoes can leave you prone to cracked heels and dry skin due to friction from wearing loose-fitted shoes. People who wear sandals and other open-heeled shoes are more at risk for developing cracked heels. Instead, opt for closed-heeled shoes that fit properly and provide support.
If you are overweight, you may be surprised to discover that this could be contributing to your dry, cracked heels. This is because your feet take on all of your weight while standing, walking, and running. By safely dropping that excess weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise you can alleviate some of the pressure placed on your heels to reduce the risk of cracking.
While we know just how luxurious it feels to stand in a steaming hot shower, especially during the winter months, this could be contributing to dry skin on your feet and cracked heels. If this is something you deal with regularly you may look at your current bathing or showering ritual to see if that could be the culprit. Simply use warm and not hot water, which can strip the skin of the oils it needs to stay moist.
You should moisturize your feet every day to prevent dry skin from happening in the first place. Moisturizers that contain lactic acid, glycerin, or petroleum jelly can help to lock in moisture in your feet. Moisturize every time you get out of the shower and throughout the day, especially before going to bed. If you are prone to very dry, cracked feet, you may wish to moisturize and then wear socks to bed.
What your foot doctor in South Burlington, Vermont wants you to know
Athlete’s foot can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Your feet itch uncontrollably. You don’t want to remove your shoes because of your red, scaly feet. The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent athlete’s foot, and if you do get athlete’s foot, there are several effective treatments to make your feet feel better. Dr. Michael Guerra at Burlington Podiatry in South Burlington, Vermont wants to share the facts about athlete’s foot.
If you spend a lot of time in or around public pools, public showers, gyms, or locker rooms, there is a good chance you may experience athlete’s foot. That’s because the condition is caused by a fungus which thrives in moist, warm places. It also spreads quite easily.
You can prevent the itch by always wearing flip-flops or sandals in public areas. Avoid going barefoot on warm, moist floors. You should also keep your feet as dry as possible by changing your socks and shoes frequently if you sweat. Also avoid sharing linens, towels, socks, and shoes with others to avoid spreading the problem.
You will be able to recognize if you have contacted the fungus and acquired athlete’s foot because your feet will:
- Itch uncontrollably
- Appear red and scaly
- Possibly have blisters and sores
Your feet will continue to itch and may grow worse when you remove your socks and shoes. You can try some easy home remedies to provide relief. Consider:
- Using antibacterial soap to wash your feet every day
- Trying over-the-counter antifungal cream and applying it daily
- Changing your socks frequently to help your feet stay dry
If your athlete’s foot doesn’t respond to home therapies, Dr. Guerra can help. He may recommend prescription-strength oral antifungal medications along with prescription-strength topical antifungal cream.
You don’t have to let athlete’s foot affect your life. Get some help for the itch and the redness by calling Dr. Michael Guerra, your foot doctor at Burlington Podiatry in South Burlington, Vermont today!