View all Search Our Site Dry and cracked skin on the feet, particularly the heels, is a frustrating experience shared by up to 1 in 5 American adults. At minimum, the condition is uncomfortable and embarrassing. However, if deeper cracks form in heels—enough to cause bleeding—dry skin can lead to an infection. For those with diabetes, this is an especially dangerous scenario. Lifestyle Factors that Contribute to Dry Skin and Cracked Heels Some people are more prone to dry skin than others due to genetic inheritance.
Coping With Dry Skin and Cracks on Your Feet
Dry feet are caused by a lack of moisture in the skin. There are several common factors that can lead to dry feet, including: Excessively hot showers or baths A skin condition that dries the skin eczema, psoriasis, etc. Soaps that are non-moisturizing Medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disease Cold weather Low humidity levels in home, office, etc. Many people believe they should see a dermatologist for their dry feet, but podiatrists are better qualified to address this problem. On the other hand, if you already see a dermatologist or feel more comfortable seeking advice from one, then you should do what makes you feel best. A doctor can diagnose dry feet with a physical exam and by asking about your symptoms.
What Can I Do for the Cracked Soles of My Feet?
You are the third doctor he and his parents have seen. The patient is anxious and afraid of what you will do to treat him. He has tried numerous creams and sprays, but nothing works for long. The family has changed laundry soap, softeners and shoes, but the cracks come back. The patient has no significant past medical history other than asthma.
Nina Makofsky About the Author: Nina Makofsky Nina Makofsky has been a professional writer for more than 20 years. She specializes in art, pop culture, education, travel and theater. She currently serves as a Mexican correspondent for "Aishti Magazine," covering everything from folk art to urban trends. While dry skin can seem rather innocuous, cracked soles of the feet can often itch, burn and even bleed, making you vulnerable to infection.