In Texas, dry skin can be a year-round problem. However, did you know that lemons can be used to make your feet beautiful and healthy? When you seek a remedy for dry skin, citrus fruits are probably not going to be high up on the list, but add lemon juice to warm water and soak your feet for about ten minutes. Wash them, dry completely, and then apply moisturizer. Repeat a couple of times a week and prepare for smooth, healthy skin.
Beyond lemons, there are a variety of other nontraditional remedies to help prevent, or even cure, cracked heels and excessively dry feet. Coconut oil, paraffin wax, vinegar, and even bananas can all be used to either moisturize or eliminate dead skin cells. Of course, there are also topical creams that can be picked up at the store, if you would prefer to go that route.
The use of moisturizers, even the unconventional ones, is an essential component to smart foot care, but so is exfoliating. When you are preparing to scrub away dead, dry skin, make sure to adequately soak your feet first (for about twenty minutes). Follow this with the gentle use of a pumice stone that will eliminate the loosened dead skin cells. Rinse, dry, and moisturize your feet. Experts recommend putting on clean, cotton socks to wear overnight afterwards.
Keep in mind that cracked, dry heels might be symptomatic of other medical issues (diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiency), so should not be taken lightly. It is important to note that individuals with diabetes should never try to scrub or treat cracked heels at home. Doing so can lead to abrasions which might result in serious infections. It is best to leave this treatment in the hands of a professional from Dallas Podiatry Works.
If cracked heels are a chronic condition and you live in the Dallas or Plano areas, make an appointment with either Dr. Joel W. Brook or Dr. David R. Northcutt. Call (972) 566-7474 for the Dallas office or (972) 943-3323 for the Plano location.
Remember…when life gives you lemons, use them to treat your feet!
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*