Calluses and Cracking Skin – Lotion isn’t just for your hands

You may have to put lotion on your hands from time to time, especially if you wash your hands numerous times a day.  Since you use your hands through out the day it is easy to see when they may need extra attention.  Conversely, when was the last time you looked at your feet or put some lotion on them?  If you are a healthy individual and don't have any hardened calluses, the answer is probably ‘never'.

While the skin on the bottom of your foot is tougher than most, the skin on the top is as sensitive as that of your hands.  The skin of your feet is often neglected and it can easily become dried and damaged.  It is that time of the year when sandals and open toed shoes can further expose your feet to the elements.  This can easily dry your skin out.  Severely dried skin is dangerous as it can crack and can lead to pain and possible infections.    The best way to avoid this is by putting lotion on your feet at least once a day.  It is best to apply lotions after your have bathed or showed as your skin is more supple then to absorb the lotion.  Because of the unique skin on the bottom of the feet, we here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists recommend you use lotion that contains urea.  We have such lotions available through our office for your convenience though you can also find such creams and lotions at your local pharmacy.

In the case of hard calluses, we recommend a special moisturizer, Revitaderm, than contains 40% urea.  This high concentration is good to help soften the uncomfortable calluses that can occur on your feet.  Your foot structure may put undo pressure on certain areas and cause painful build up of dead skin, a.k.a. a callus.  If your callus has you feeling as if you are walking on a stone, an appointment with Dr. Thomajan can bring quick relief.  As we get warmer heading into the summer months, take the time to pamper your feet and apply a little moisturizing lotion.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!
Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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