The skin on feet is dry as and when compared to the rest of the skin on your body. The skin on our feet has no oil glands as it relies on hundreds of thousands of sweat glands. That helps to keep our feet moisturized. This can be problematic for people who do not properly moisturize their feet. This will effect with the conditions such as diabetes, or athlete’s foot that causes dry feet that is a common among seniors and diabetics. Dry feet are due to mild, temporary dry skin that leads to several causes.
Symptoms of dry feet
- Rough skin
- Peeling and flaky skin
- Cracks in the feet
- Rash with itching
Cause of dry feet
- A skin condition that dries the skin like eczema, psoriasis, etc.
- Medical conditions like diabetes or thyroid disease
- Low humidity levels at office and home
- Long exposure to sun
- Soaps that are non moisturizing
- Cold weather and aging
From the morning to dusk, our feet roll at various places for many works. They share the tiredness and work load, to relax them and to give a proper care for the cracked heels here are the solutions. Go deeper and find the results.
- Get the hot water and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes. It helps to remove the dead skin that has been attached to the skin. Hot water is not suggested for the diabetics and to anyone who is having impaired foot circulation.
- Exfoliate the feet it works perfect in backing off the dead skin. Use pumice stone or a wash cloth and even loofah. Rub with pumice stone gently for few minutes.
- While you shop prefer to get the pair of shoes that are as good fit, never run over the tights thought they were interesting and captivating. If not you wear comfortable, feet will increase the secretion of sweat in comparison to the normal rate.
- Never soak your feet for more than 15 minutes it makes the skin dry. Mix the half cup of white vinegar and sufficient amount of warm water. Dab it over the feet up to the ankles. After application exfoliate it and dry completely, moisturize and wear cotton socks.
- Moisturizer: Give a moisturizing touch to your feet every day. After the shower or going to bed, apply the moisturizing cream or some body lotions evenly. If are not quite ok that ask your pharmacist to give ‘over the counter body lotion’ which contains urea. Indeed urea exists in the cells of the skin, but in dry skin, the levels are low. To lock the moisturizer in the dry skin urea contained moisturizing cream works great. While you are applying the lotion restrict it between the toes and retain cotton socks.
- Anytime you wash your feet, just dry them. Never leave them like the way they are it leads to fungal infections. Since viral, fungal and bacterial agents tend to ripen in moist and warm places.
- Smell off: Try spraying and good smelling anti-odors in your daily shoes in case they are smelling. It’s better to switch from one pair to the other to keep the used dry. If you use the same pair in daily it will prompt for small and even fungal infections.
- Try to wear the socks, which out of cotton, wools and bamboo. You can even try using the socks that are made especially for athletes. Wearing a sock will ensure to absorb the sweat formed in the feet, so that the feet will breath up. Always wear a fresh pair and wash them regularly otherwise it leads to infections.
- Before you go to hit the bed, try the following massage. Mix the olive oil with little amount of vinegar and apply over the feet with concentration on the heels. Use honey if you want to add up, it works for the moisturizing the dry skin. Wear socks and leave it for the whole night and rinse off in the morning.
How to prevent dry feet?
You can use any of the preventive measures to avoid this condition of dry skin on your feet.
- You should not rub or scratch the affected area. Instead, try to apply cold compresses or ice pack on the itchy area for a few minutes at a time.
- Try to avoid saunas and steam baths that are possible to treat dry skin on your feet.
- Wear washed socks and shoes that allow your feet to breathe. You must be careful in avoiding excessive sweating.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol that cause the itchy feeling to worsen.
- Consult your doctor about over the counter lotions that can moisturize and helps to manage the dryness.
- Avoid bubble baths, fragrant soaps and too often washes of feet as the products may harm and leads to dry your skin. Pat the skin to dry and rub the body with towel. It is better to use lukewarm water rather than hot water for showers. Hot water results in dry feet.
- Moisturize after each shower or every time you wash your feet as it comes in contact with water.
- You should stop blasting the heater at your home and is better to use a humidifier. Humidifier helps to keeps air moisture and reduces heating units to stop drying your skin.