The Do’s And Don’ts For Your Feet

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The Do’s And Don’ts For Your Feet
July 25
15:58 2016

Dealing With Dry And Cracked Feet

In order to be ready to bare those pretty pedis, be sure to take good care of your feet year-round. When dealing with dry and cracked feet, don’t succumb to mainstream treatments—deal with the issue safely and easily.

Dr. Joseph Stern says “bathroom surgery treatment” is one cure he strongly advises against. A Vancouver podiatrist and SportMedBC board member, Dr. Stern has been an active part of the Vancouver podiatric medical community for more than 20 years.

“Avoid taking a sharp object and shaving the hard skin yourself,” said Dr. Stern. “It’s pretty hard to get down to your feet whether you’re young or old to properly see what you’re doing, especially when the callus is on the outside of your heel.”

If you’re wondering why you have dry cracked heels—especially in the summertime—it’s because our feet are a naturally dry area. Due to an absence of sebaceous glands that produce the foot’s oil glands, Dr. Stern said feet lack moisture right from the get-go.

With more than 250,000 sweat glands in each foot, we produce about a half-litre of sweat per foot, and when our feet are constantly exposed to the summer air, no moisture is being held in. Dry and cracked feet also occur as our body weight pushes our feet towards the edges of our shoes, thus creating more calluses in the heel.

The Do's And Don’ts For Your Feet

The Do’s And Don’ts For Your Feet

Dry feet symptoms can be exacerbated for seniors and those with diabetes, but they can be common problems for anyone. When treating dry skin at home, Dr. Stern recommends applying a urea-based lotion to help break down the hard skin and avoiding any lotions or creams with alcohol, as this will only dry the skin more. He also suggests using a pumice stone to rub the hard skin, as this is a much safer route than using sharp shaving tools. A pharmacy may also have a section of lotions that are provided specifically by a pharmacist.

If you choose to visit a podiatrist, the practitioner will apply a softening agent to the hard skin, and then using a sterile technique will reduce the hard skin. An oral medication would only be prescribed if there is an infection, which is very unlikely.

“I recommend seeing a podiatrist to have the hard skin shaved down, and not necessarily an aesthetician, because [in that case] you’re back to using sterile techniques, blades and instruments. If there’s an issue, a podiatrist can prescribe a medication or treatment.”

Dry feet can cause discomfort, even making it difficult to continue with daily activities. Do address the problem with proper and efficient treatment—whether at home or at a podiatrist’s clinic—and you will keep your feet fresh and healthy every season.

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