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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 03, 2016
Tags: Dry Skin   xerosis  

Winter means heat blasting in your home and office as well as in restaurants and stores and even in the car. This can have an extra drying affect on your skin. For your feet, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM see this show up as the problem of xerosis.

While the name may sound scary, Xerosis is just the name given to really dry skin. On your heels, dry skin can actually lead to cracks forming in the skin. These can be quite painful and, because the skin is open, can lead to infection.

Treating Xerosis

Usually, simply being diligent about applying a rich, moisturizing lotion or cream to your feet and heels a few times a day should start to reduce the dry skin. If, however, after a couple of weeks you notice that instead the skin is getting red, scaly and itchy, it’s time to make an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. The condition may have progressed to the advanced stage, called prurtius or it could mean that a bacterial or viral infection is present, in which case the podiatrist would prescribe an antibiotic.

Preventing Dry Skin

There are a few steps you can take to help prevent dry skin. These include:

  • Not using excessively hot water in the shower—as good as it feels on a cold day, hot water is very drying to skin
  • Use soaps that contain moisturizers and don’t shower more than once a day
  • Apply a heavy-duty moisturizer after showering and before bed; more often if you notice your skin is starting to get dry

Xerosis is not a serious medical condition but should not be ignored. If you have questions about the skin or nails on your feet or any other foot or ankle issues, don’t hesitate to call our Washington office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment.

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