Often, because of the dry, cold winter weather, our feet become dry, cracked or callused. This common problem can range between red, itchy and blotchy skin to painful cracks and calluses from the heels which then may result in infections.
Unlike the rest of the skin on the body, our feet do not have oil glands that naturally dry out our feet. So as to keep our feet from completely drying out on their own, we rely on the sweat glands of our toes to offer natural skin moisturizing. Most people, especially diabetics and seniors need additional care when it comes to foot care.
Just like the rest of our body, our skin dries out longer during the winter due to the cold temperatures and the heat of home and office heating systems. Using non-moisturizing soap combined with having very hot showers and baths also leads to dry skin. Additionally, there are medical conditions like diabetes and psoriasis that will exacerbate skin that’s already dry. Other natural enemies of our toes can be age and spending too much time in sunlight or walking on warm, dry surfaces.
As previously mentioned, there’s a wide assortment of severities with unique symptoms and remedies for each. Mild symptoms can vary from itchiness and red, peeling or rough skin to calluses and cracks or fissures in our heels. Rashes are very common, usually caused by scratching because of the itching. When our toes reach the point of cracking, further complications may arise. Walking may become difficult and spending some time on your feet might need to be limited. More severe skin conditions can develop, such as psoriasis which might need to be treated with prescription creams or drugs.
- If your feet are in the moderate stage of dryness there are lots of natural ways to alleviate the unpleasantness of dry feet.
- You can add a variety of items to a warm foot bath to help soften your feet and eliminate dry, dead skin via exfoliation.
- Zitrone juice works well since the acidity of the lemon helps dissolve skin for easy removal with foot brush or loofa. Soak for 10 minutes, dry then exfoliate.
- Add to your foot tub a cap full of baby shampoo together with a cup of white vinegar. Or try a few tablespoons of Epsom salts or baking soda, or a cup of milk.
- A amazing natural moisturizer can be reached by mixing olive oil and lemon juice, together with a few drops of lavender, or which each sort of essential oil you would like. This mixture can be created by the batch and kept in a container for everyday use. Just make certain to shake it before program.
- For relief while you are sleeping, slather on a mixture of Vaseline and lemon juice, then don a pair of socks (so that you do not stain your bedding) and leave on overnight.
- You’re sitting in front of the TV, slather on a banana and sit with your feet up for 30 minutes, then rinse.
The natural recovery recipe that I like best is an overnight deep moisturizer. Before bed, first soak your feet in Epsom salts, then butter up your toes with cocoa butter and wrap in a plastic bag (those from the produce department in your grocery store work good ). You may want to also wear a pair of light socks to help keep the plastic wrap in place.You’ll notice a difference the next morning, but keep doing it for 3 times in a row for best results, then whenever necessary.
If your dry feet don’t improve after following these tips for a couple of weeks, maybe you should consult your physician. He/she may refer you to a podiatrist for further medical aid. It’s a podiatrist that you ought to see rather than a dermatologist, as lots of individuals think since podiatrists are trained for skin conditions particularly for the feet.