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Treatment for Dry Skin

Dry feet are a common problem, especially in a dry, high elevation location like Utah.  There are several options to treat dry feet and a few things you should know about how NOT to treat dry feet. 

 

Do:

Use doctor recommended products to moisturize feet, such as Hydrostat or Callex Ointment.

Wear appropriate socks and shoes to keep feet moisturized.

Gently use a scrub or pumice stone to exfoliate calluses.

Monitor dry skin daily.

Care for cracks to prevent infection.

Check that there aren’t undiagnosed problems, such as warts or athlete’s foot.

 

Don’t:

Use heavily scented lotion with a high alcohol content on dry skin.

Wear flip-flops, sandals, or open shoes that allow feet to become dry.

Attempt to remove dry skin by using commercial scrapers such as the PedEgg.  These are dangerous, because it can be hard to gage the amount of skin that should be removed.  Leave this one to the professionals.

Ignore dry skin.  If dry skin cracks, aside from the wound, infection is a possibility.  Antibiotics and even surgery may be necessary to resolve the infection.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute