When you don’t take proper care of your car or change your oil when the sticker says it’s time, there is a chance you could do some damage. There is a level of maintenance that a vehicle needs in order to run well, and your feet are actually similar. Without proper foot care, we increase our risk for painful problems and injuries. Being out in the hot Texas sun, and wading in the ocean waves can make dry feet a common occurrence, but ignoring this simple symptom could cause painful cracks to develop. That’s why moisturizing feet is very important.
With that said, it isn’t as simple as just slapping on some thick lotion and calling it good. If you take the time to do it right, your feet will not only feel and look great, but you will also be ahead of the game in avoiding common skin pitfalls.
After your feet have had a good soak in warm soapy water, use a pumice stone to slough away dead skin. Mixing in some honey or olive oil can help to soften skin as well. Dry your feet thoroughly and then grab a thick, heavy moisturizing cream—preferably one with cocoa butter, vitamin E oil, or shea butter—and rub it into your feet. An easy, inexpensive way to lock in the moisture is to use petroleum jelly. Apply a nice layer on your feet and then cover them up with some cozy socks before you head to bed. It will soak in overnight and really help your skin stay soft. If you suffer from dry skin, avoid harsh soaps and don’t over scrub your feet. It is also important to avoid putting lotion or creams between your toes while moisturizing feet as extra moisture there can encourage a fungal infection to develop.
If you have dry skin that has become cracked and painful, and home remedies are not helping, don’t suffer another day—contact Richardson Podiatry Associates for help. Call Dr. Gene Reister at (972) 690-5374 to make an appointment at our office in Richardson, TX.
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