Dry Feet: The Necessity of Pampering

Dry and crackedWinter in Austin may not be like what we see striking the North and Midwest. Temperatures fluctuate here, of course, but thankfully no blizzards or -50 degree wind chills! The weather doesn’t have to be at the extreme ends of a thermometer to dry out your skin, however. A little wind and dryness in general can take a toll on you, especially in your lower limbs. Dry feet can become a real problem and lead to painful cracks that are susceptible to infections. That is why some pampering is actually necessary.

It doesn’t take much to develop dry feet. Your lower limbs rely mostly on sweat glands to keep your skin hydrated, which frequently isn’t enough. Dry air, no matter the temperature, pulls the moisture right out of the skin with the sweat. Proper moisturizing is important for your skin health and foot comfort.

Use a gentle moisturizing soap when you wash your lower limbs, and make sure the water isn’t too hot. Pat your feet dry with a soft towel, then gently sand down callus build-up with a pumice stone or emery board. Then massage ointment or lotion into your skin. Be sure to spend extra time in particularly dry areas, like the heels. You can use a gentle body lotion or thicker ointments depending on how dry your skin is already. Baby lotion, petroleum jelly, and even vegetable oil mixtures are home remedies that may also work. After treating your feet, wear thick, clean socks over the moisturizer to lock in the effects.

Aside from treating the feet directly, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated. You may also want to consider adding a humidifier to your home, if you don’t have one already, to moderate the air in your house. Your feet and comfort don’t have to be subjected to the whims of the weather. Protect your lower limbs from whatever comes by keeping your skin safe and moist. If you’re struggling with dry feet, don’t let the problem worsen and cause cracks. Contact us at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for relief. Call (512) 328-8900 or visit the online contact page for more information or an appointment.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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