Cracked Dry Feet causes and Cures

Cracked, dry feet can be very embarrassing at the pool or beach, not to mention painful.  There are many possible causes for cracked dry feet, and therefore many possible cures.  Take a look at the list of possible causes and cures below to see if one might work for you.  If you don’t see anything that seems like your case, talk to your doctor to see if he or she has any further suggestions.

[Cause 1: Skin Does Not Have Enough Moisture]
If your skin isn’t getting the moisture that it needs, the logical result will be dry feet.  And when feet get too dry, they will painfully crack and the skin may peel.  Your feet may not produce enough oil on their own to keep them moisturized, or you may be causing the extra drying by using harsh products or over scrubbing.

[Cure:]
Try switching to all-natural body washes or soaps.  Look for products that do not have added scents.  Then find a lotion that also has no added scents.  A foot cream or butter might be an even better way to go than a lotion.  Apply the lotion after washing and drying your feet to help balance the moisture level.  Each different lotion will react with your feet differently, so if one doesn’t work try another brand.

[Cause 2: Skin is Not Dried Properly]
Ironically, the exact opposite case can also cause feet to become dry and cracked.  If you do not dry your feet properly after washing, the moisture that’s there can become trapped in socks and shoes.  This can cause bacteria to grow – a side effect of which can be cracked and dry feet.

[Cure:]
The preventative measure for this cause is very easy: dry your feet thoroughly before you put on socks or shoes!  But if you are already suffering from a growth of bacteria or cracked feet because of this cause, look in the foot care aisle for treatment creams at your local retail store.

[Cause 3: Lack of Proper Nutrition]
When skin becomes dry and cracked, many people look to the outward effects and try to treat it topically.  While this can be a cause, what many don’t realize is that it’s just as likely that the cause comes from inside.  If your feet are dry and cracked, it may be a sign that you are not getting the nutrition that your body needs to maintain a healthy moisture balance.

[Cure:]
Make sure to eat healthy, balanced diets.  Especially try to make your meals rich in fruits and leafy green veggies.  If you still notice dry cracked feet after changing your diet, visit your doctor for a test to see if you are deficient in anything particular.  If you are, you can start taking supplements to coutner the deficiency.

Cracked, dry feet have many causes and cures.  Luckily, you don’t have to live with the pain and embarrassment if you just take the time to figure out what is causing  your symptoms.