Dry and Cracked Skin
Dry skin and cracked heels may not sound like a medical condition, but in some cases dry skin might require treatment. The skin on your feet is naturally drier than the rest of your skin, so they can easily become too dry. What causes dry skin? Excessive showers, low humidity, and other environmental or health conditions can cause dry skin on feet.
Dry feet can be very uncomfortable. Symptoms of dry feet include itching, flaking, peeling and cracked heels. Our podiatrists across South Florida, including Royal Palm Beach, will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for dry skin with you. Many treatments for dry skin on feet are home remedies, but you should talk with a doctor if the problem persists or if you have risk factors such as diabetes or thyroid disease that could be causing the condition. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today.
What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin is a lack of moisture in the skin. Your feet are very susceptible to having dry skin because they are naturally the driest part of your body. Usually sweat keeps feet moisturized but other environment or health conditions can cause dry skin on the feet. If the skin on your feet becomes too dry, it can lead to cracked heels, which can be painful and more difficult to treat. If you have other skin conditions, like eczema or psoriasis, it can make you prone to dry skin.
Symptoms of What is Dry Skin
Dry skin symptoms include tightened and itchy skin that can be flaky, scaly, or peeling. Severe dry skin on your feet can lead to cracked heels. You may notice that these symptoms get worse after swimming or showering, or in cold weather. If the symptoms of dry skin do not improve with home remedies and moisturizing lotion, you should seek treatment from a doctor.
Treatment for Dry Skin
In most cases, your doctor will have some simple suggestions on how to heal cracked heels and dry skin. Moisturizers and home remedies can help restore the moisture in your feet. If there is an underlying condition that is causing your dry skin, a podiatrist can diagnose that and make sure that you receive the proper treatment.
Diagnosing Dry Skin
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for dry skin? Our goal is to work with you and relieve your discomfort. The doctor can usually diagnose dry skin just by examining your feet. Our podiatrists have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the legs and feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.