Feet can be kept in good condition by washing them regularly, cutting toenails carefully and changing socks daily to avoid foot odour. But sometimes the sole of your foot can become very dehydrated, leaving skin dry, rough and cracked. These symptoms can lead to itching and burning, and in severe cases, infection and bleeding. So what can you do to ensure your feet stay smooth and problem-free? Flexitol Heel Balm & Podiatrist, Emma Supple offered three tips for getting rid of dry skin on feet.
1. Wear the right shoes
Despite what fashion dictates, wearing high heels or uncomfortable shoes can be very damaging to your toes.
Emma explained: “Wearing thin soled, unsupportive shoes creates stresses on the foot that increases the creation of hard skin.
“Also, wearing mules or sling back shoes can create a ‘slapping’ of the feet onto the shoes, that again, creates callus and dry, hard skin.
“Try mixing up your choice of shoe to keep your feet in good nick.”
2. Get to know your feet
Just as you wouldn’t go a day without brushing your teeth, you shouldn’t go a day without checking your feet, said Emma.
Checking them over daily for cuts, sores, swelling and infection will help you spot any early signs of unhappy feet.
She advised: “Checking your feet every day for changes is important and by adding your feet into your daily skin care routine you’ll be quick to spot any problems that may arise.”
3. Use a heel balm
Emma said: “Keeping skin well moisturised with the daily application of a good quality urea-based foot balm such as Flexitol Heel Balm, is a really great habit to get into.
“The reason? Because your skin is a marvel and when well nourished, can fix its own problems.”
She continued: “It is damaged skin, infected skin and under pressure skin that causes painful areas whether that is in the form of blisters, corns or calluses. Keeping skin well-nourished makes a big difference.”
Moisturising can solve a whole host of problems and not just make your feet look better, said Emma.
She suggests using a moisturiser that contains urea.
“Containing 25 per cent Urea, as well as other skin nourishing ingredients, it is designed to deeply penetrate into the skin for intense moisturisation and hydration.
“Use Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream to maintain the skins condition.”
In some cases, having dry skin could be a sign you’re lacking a certain vitamin.