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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 29, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Heel Fissures   Dry Feet   Dry Heels  

If we were to ask you to think of a foot problem, dry skin may not be the first thing that comes to your mind. Dry skin on feet is a very common problem treated at Dr. Phil Pinsker’s podiatric office and while it is often not painful, it can become a serious issue that needs attention.

There are many reasons why dry skin occurs on the feet. It can simply occur from being barefoot a lot whether in your home or outside where skin loses moisture and becomes dry. Other reasons you may be experiencing dry skin on your feet include:

  • Cold weather – indoor heating and low humidity can dry out skin.
  • Cleansers – certain soaps can leave a residue or remove protective oils, both of which can lead to dry skin.
  • Aging – you lose some of the fat pad on the soles of your feet as you age, often leading to drier skin.
  • Skin conditions – Athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema and allergies can cause dry skin to develop.
  • Medical conditions – certain conditions can cause dry skin such as diabetes, hypothyroidism and malnutrition.

Leaving dry skin untreated can actually lead to it worsening into a painful cracks and possible infection. Take care of your dry skin early on by avoiding harsh deodorant soaps, taking proper medications if you have a serious skin condition, getting treatment for fungal infections, soaking feet and using a pumice stone to gently rub away rough skin and using a daily foot cream or lanolin to protect feet.

If dry skin on your feet is becoming a painful problem, contact Dr. Pinsker for help before it gets worse. Make an appointment and get your feet healthy and soft once again. Call our podiatric office at (724) 225-7410.

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