Do you have dry, flakey or peeling skin on your feet?
Dry skin is a common problem that can affect the look and feeling in your feet. For many people dry skin is caused by environmental effects and can be helped by using appropriate moisturizers and soap. But for others, age and genetic factors such as diabetes and poor blood circulation can play a major role in the development of dry skin.
Having locations in Hudson and Spring Hill Florida, we see and treat many different kinds of dry skin. Contact one of our offices and Dr. Kales will be able to prescribe the most effective treatment, specific to your needs.
Is the dry skin on your feet cracking?
If your dry skin is severe you may start develop cracks in your feet. These cracks often happen in the heel area and can start to bleed if left untreated. Since cracks leave an opening in the skin it is important that you apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infection.
Next you should contact one of our offices in Hudson or Spring Hill, Florida. At our office Dr. Kales will assess the severity of your cracked skin and prescribe a treatment for you.
Are your feet itchy and dry?
You may have athletes foot. This will cause your skin to flake, peel and even blister. Most often, blisters will be found between your toes and will be accompanied by red, swollen skin. Interestingly, Athlete’s foot does not happen to just athletes. It is caused by a contagious fungal infection and can cause severe itching.
If this is the case, prescription creams can be administered to control the symptoms. If you want to receive the most effective treatment, contact Dr. Kales. He will be able to answer your questions and get your feet back to normal.
Do you diabetic and have dry skin on your feet?
If you have diabetes it is important to take care of your dry skin. It is also important to perform daily foot checks. If you notice that you have dry skin, you should start taking preventative measures immediately. Apply a cream or ointment to prevent cracking skin.
For many diabetics, cracked skin or sores resulting from dry skin can go un-noticed and start to bleed. If you notice any bleeding, you should contact our office immediately to prevent infection and further cracking.
Want to get rid of the dry skin on your feet?
Many people come into our office with dry or cracking skin and they want to know if their condition can be helped. The answer is yes! Depending on the cause of your dry skin, treatment may differ.
For relief, we suggest the following:
- Use creams or ointments to moisturize our feet. Many lotions contain alcohol. As a result many lotions will cause your condition to get worse. When applying your solution, make sure to cover all areas of the foot, not just the affected areas.
- Take a look at the ingredients of your body wash or soap. If your soap causes dry skin, you should consider limiting the frequency of use. Try using soap every other day and try oil infused body wash.
- Reduce the heat of your shower. Hot water can break down the protective layer of oil on your feet. This makes it harder for your body to fight against dry skin.
- Eat foods high in Vitamin C. Extra Vitamin C will allow your body to repair the dry skin. Foods high in Vitamin C include oranges, broccoli, mangos and spinach.
If your dry skin is persistent, regardless of how you treat it, contact our office and get professional help. Dr. Kales has over 30 years of experience and has helped many patients feeling the effects of dry, cracking skin.