10 Jun

Do you have dry cracked feet?

Dry Cracked Feet – Stop getting annoyed by itchiness, flaking and irritated skin. Find out what’s causing it and start treating it!

 Dry Cracked Feet


Why do you get dry cracked feet?

Usually if the the skin is severely dry an cracked as seen in the picture, something is causing it. The skin on the bottom of our soles is special because it is thicker than the rest of the skin in our body. It also relies more on sweat glands rather than oil glands to keep moist, so it is more important to keep it moisturized.

  • It is important to keep the bottom of the feet moisturized, it is the ultimate cure for any cause!

This thick skin is more susceptible to dehydration to to lack of moisturizing; it is also more prone to inflammatory reactions and fungal irritation.

Dry cracked feet symptoms:

If the dry, cracked feet are very severe, then something else can be causing it. The symptoms will range from the following:

  • Itchy skin.
  • Red skin.
  • Cracks in the skin.
  • Bleeding may be associated with the cracks.
  • Peeling at the bottom of the foot and heel.
  • Flakes and flaking.
  • Rough, uneven skin.
  • Development of a rash.
  • Worse after showering or bathing.


 Dry Cracked Feet


Dry cracked feet causes:

  • Showering or bathing.
  • Inflammatory skin conditions: exczema, psoriasis and many more.
  • Contact dermatitis (irritation by a harsh substance- such us a lower quality soap, or chlorine).
  • Cold weather (causing dehydration).
  • Low humidity in your home (causing dehydration).
  • Older Age (less blood supply)
  • Peripheral vascular disease.
  • Smoking.
  • Diabetes.


dryskin Dry Cracked Feet


Dry cracked feet causes:

Essentially it breaks down like this:

1) Assume initially it is dryness, dehydration or an inflammatory condition.

  • 2/3rds are caused by inflammatory causes: eczema, skin conditions, irritation, dehydration, sweating disorders.
  • **Inflammatory Conditions are all treated the same way, but different than fungal conditions**.
  • For best results always go see your podiatrist or dermatologist!

Follow the link to see part 1 of treatment guide!


2) If part 1 does not cause your foot to get better after a week, it may be a fungal infection.

  • 1/3rd are caused by Fungal Irritation.
  • **Fungal conditions are all essentially treated the same way, but different than inflammatory conditions**.
  • For best results always go see your podiatrist or dermatologist!

The way I would treat this if it was myself:

1) Assume inflammatory causes and start treating it that way.

2) If it doesn’t start getting better after a week or so, it is most likely fungal irritation.

3) Go see your podiatrist since something more complicated may be going on.


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