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By Michael Guerra, DPM
February 01, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   Dry Feet  
At-Home Care for Dry FeetDry, flaky feet are incredibly common, particularly during the cold, winter months; however, if you find yourself dealing with dry or cracked feet throughout the year, especially around the heels, you may be wondering what you can do about it. Instead of just waiting until your feet become dry and flaky, your podiatrist can provide you with some easy skin care tips to keep your feet supple and free from dry skin all year long.
 
Wear Appropriate, Supportive Footwear

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.
 
Lose Excess Weight

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.
 
Avoid Hot Showers

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.
 
Apply a Moisturizer

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.
 
If these simple home measures don’t work, then you’ll want to consult your podiatrist to see if they can recommend a prescription-strength moisturizer or cream to reduce dryness and inflammation. Since dry, cracked feet can sometimes be a sign of an underlying health problem like diabetes, it’s a good idea to see your doctor if you’re dealing with this problem regularly.
 
While dry skin isn’t usually a concern for healthy individuals, if you have diabetes, you’ll need to be extra careful when it comes to treating even minor problems like dry, cracked, or flaky skin. To be on the safe side, it’s best to speak with a qualified podiatrist to find out how to treat cracked skin to prevent infection. Call your foot doctor today.
By Michael Guerra, DPM
September 07, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot   Dry Feet  

What your foot doctor in South Burlington, Vermont wants you to know

 

Athlete's Foot XrayAthlete’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!