Dry Feet Remedies

Dry Feet Remedies: The major causes of dry cracked feet are simple chronic dehydration and possibly athlete’s foot fungus. Find out what to do!




Dry Cracked Feet Causes:

Very Dry Feet
Very Dry Feet over a long period of time are most commonly caused by athlete’s foot fungus. This will need more than just moisturizing to resolve long term.
  • The bottom of the foot has a large concentration of sweat glands.
  • But there are not oil secreting glands, this puts the foot at risk for dehydration.
  • It is very important for the sole of the foot to be well moisturized.
  • This is especially important after bathing or showering.
  • The sole of the foot is also susceptible to athlete’s foot fungus.
  • Foot fungus is to be suspected in diabetics and if you have toenail fungus.


Risk Factors For Dry Peeling Feet:

extremely dry feet
Cats know that showers and baths can cause extremely dry feet!
  • Frequent bathing or showering without moisturizing (wet dry feet).
  • Older age.
  • Susceptibility to flaking or peeling on the face or scalp.
  • Eczema in other parts of the body.
  • Low humidity.
  • Harsh soaps or frequent soap use.
  • Suspect athlete’s foot fungus if you have toenail fungus or diabetes.


How To Cure Dry Cracked Feet:

  • The best way to cure your dry feet is to moisturize!
  • The second best way to cure your dry feet is to avoid the risk factors above.
  • Always moisturize after showering or bathing.
  • Try a different brand of soap.
  • Moisturize more in winter months.
  • If this still is not helping, suspect foot fungus or something else.


Very Dry Feet Treatment:

dry peeling feet
For dry peeling feet use petroleum jelly! It will soften your feet up almost immediately.
  • The universal moisturizing agent is petroleum jelly.
  • Petroleum jelly is cheap and available everywhere.
  • Almost all heavy duty moisturizers will work great.
  • Apply the petroleum jelly to the dry areas after getting your feet wet.
  • Apply the petroleum jelly at night before going to bed.
  • Avoid putting it between your toes!


Removing Thick Flaky Heel Skin:

Dry Cracked Feet
Once you soften up your dry cracked feet, use a pumice stone or emery board. The loose skin should come off pretty easily. Don’t force it past whatever is already loose!
  • After you soften up the dry skin with the petroleum jelly.
  • Get a pumice stone or an emery board.
  • The thick skin should come off very easily now!
  • If you feel pain, stop scraping the skin away!


Suspect Athlete’s Foot Fungus:

  • If these treatments do not resolve the dry skin after a few days or weeks, consider foot fungus.
  • This is the most common cause of dry skin in the world.
  • It effects your sole region and between the toes.
  • Home remedies work great on athlete’s foot fungus.
  • Unfortunately moisturizing alone will not make it go away.



About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.