Many people suffer from dry feet or callused heels and are unsure how to improve their skin texture. Thankfully, our podiatrist in Plano, TX, has some helpful tips to make your feet softer and remove that dead skin!
Dead skin on the feet and heels builds due to lack of moisture and wearing closed shoes or socks for extended periods. Dryness can also be due to friction from walking or running and not regularly caring for your feet.
Dead skin does not cause any pain and appears on the bottom of your foot as cracked, dry, or loose. Be aware that other foot conditions, such as athlete’s foot, eczema, or skin infections, can also cause dryness and cracking. See our podiatrist if you believe you may have one of these conditions. If not, there are steps you can take to remove the dead skin and bring back your healthy feet!
For the thickest part of your dry or cracked skin, you can start with a scrubbing tool, such as:
Pumice stone. A natural stone that can help remove dead skin and calluses. Wet the stone and move it in a circular motion over your feet to remove dead skin.
Epsom salt. Soak your feet in an Epsom salt solution to soften the skin on your feet.
Foot scrubs. You can buy foot scrubs that are designed to remove dead skin. Alternatively, you can make your own at home with sea salt, baby oil, and lemon juice.
Oatmeal scrub. Make your scrub at home! Combine oatmeal and milk to create a paste, put it on your feet for 20-30 minutes, and then use a foot brush to scrub your feet. Rinse and let dry.
After any method, make sure to apply lotion to your skin to maintain moisture! You should avoid scrubbing if you have diabetes, as you may accidentally create a dangerous cut or sore, and never try to remove a callus with sharp objects – contact our podiatrist instead!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
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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.
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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.
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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