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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 28, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Diabetes   cracked heels   tips   dry feet   pumice stone   olive oil  

Dry and CrackedThe deserts in California can be described as extremely dry with a cracked and rough terrain. If your feet are described the same way, it’s time for a little TLC!

Dry feet results from conditions like diabetes or athlete’s foot and is most commonly seen in seniors. However, it’s a condition that anyone can have. Because of a lack of oil glands, the skin on our feet is naturally dry. Taking hot showers, using harsh soaps, and not moisturizing regularly can all compound the problem. If your feet are red and itchy, flaky and peeling, rough and cracked, or all of the above, follow these tips:

Use a moisturizing soap and apply lotion immediately after bathing to lock in moisture. Try slathering on petroleum jelly, then putting on socks before you jump into bed—you won’t believe they’re the same feet in the morning! Keep your home cool and the humidity levels not too low. Wear socks and shoes that breathe well too.

Try soaking your feet in lemon juice—the mild acid will dissolve that dry skin and make it easy to remove with a loofah or pumice stone. Out of lemon juice but have honey? Add a cup of it to a gallon of water, then soak your feet in it.  Honey’s natural enzymes bind moisture to your skin and help accelerate healing.

While you’re feeling adventurous, here’s another home remedy you might want to try: Combine equal parts brown sugar and olive oil to make an exfoliating scrub. Rub it all over your feet, focusing on areas that need the most attention, then rinse. Your feet will no longer resemble desert terrain, but will be silky smooth and healthy looking.

For more tips on keeping dry feet at bay, visit Foot Doctor of the East Bay! Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, are here to help. Call (510) 483-3390 for our San Leandro office, (925) 425-9684 for our Pleasanton location, or (408) 356-6767 for Los Gatos, CA.

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