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Treating Your Cracked HeelsIn California, we’re accustomed to cracks in the earth. The Hayward fault runs straight through the East Bay and evidence of its slow progression is apparent if you know where to look—offset cubs, cracks in the pavement, patched or repaired structures. The fault even runs straight through California Memorial Stadium—nearly goal post to goal post—on the campus of UC Berkeley; go on a tour there and you’ll be able to see many of the effects up close. If you don’t practice treatment for cracked heels, you will be able to see those effects up close too—and feel them!

Cracks in your heels won’t cause the same kind of seismic activity as cracks in the earth, but you might start to quake if you have painful, itchy fissures in your feet that can bleed or even get infected. To be able to walk and see the Hayward fault up close, you’ll need to address the faults in your own heel first.

Feet dry out for a variety of underlying reasons—skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, medical conditions like diabetes or thyroid disease, aging, even low humidity in your home or office. When your feet absorb the pounding of your steps and swell and expand, the dry and inflexible skin cracks and fissures form.

The first key in treatment for cracked heels: moisturize! Feet don’t have oil glands like the rest of your skin, so it takes a lot more work to keep them hydrated. After you get out of the tub or shower, rub on a rich moisturizing cream or oil—even petroleum jelly. (Doing it after bathing improves absorption.)  Avoid lotions with alcohol, as this can irritate the skin further.

To keep your skin from drying out in the first place, ask yourself a few simple questions. Do you take extra-long or extra-hot showers? Do you use harsh soaps or scrub your feet especially vigorously? All these things can remove natural moisture from your skin. Drinking lots of water throughout the day will help you rehydrate.

If you’re still struggling with persistently dry and cracked feet, give the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay a call. We can help guide you through the basics of treatment for cracked heels, and we can help you deal with any underlying “faults” that may be causing your feet to dry out. Dial (510) 483-3390 to schedule an appointment in one of our three East Bay locations.

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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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