When walking around the streets or shopping centres I sometimes glance down and notice that the person in front of me has dry, cracked and peeling feet. In the summer time when everyone is wearing open shoes it is even more common. It doesn’t look very nice but usually my first thought is “do my feet look like that?”
Most times my feet look fine but considering I don’t pay too much attention to them I am probably just lucky. As I get older I have started worrying more about my feet drying out and looking unhealthy so I have looked for information online that will help me to keep my feet looking moist and healthy.
I have tried to find information that is provided by a podiatrist or similar health professional so that I know the suggested treatments are safe. My feet are just a bit dry so I will be using the information to keep my feet healthy.
If you have badly cracked feet or they are bleeding and/or very painful I suggest you see a doctor or pharmacist for professional advice.
How to Treat Dry Feet
The following video discusses treating dry feet and points out that standard body creams and lotions don’t hydrate/moisturise the feet properly and that you should use a foot cream with 15% urea.
FootPad videojug video: How To Heal Dry Feet (Click image to play video)
Foot creams that are good for cracked heels
If your heels are cracked then the following video gives advice on how best to treat them. Creams that contain 25% urea are recommended if you have cracked heels.
FootPad videojug video: How To Heal Cracked Heels (Click image to play video)
What Causes Dry Feet and Cracked Heels
If you’re like me you probably wonder what causes your feet to dry out and crack! From the general information links below I discovered that common causes of cracked heels include:
- Standing for prolonged periods
- Being overweight
- Wearing open-backed shoes
- Medical conditions such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid
- Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema
General Information and Advice About Cracked Heels