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How to Treat Dry Skin and Cracked Heels at Home

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.

how to treat dry skin and cracked heelsBeyond 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!

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The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.

Derrick W.

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.

Joseph B.

I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.

Jeannette H.

Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.

Meryl E.

I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.

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Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.

Elizabeth G.

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