Dry feet can be a nuisance or even unsightly but when your skin starts to crack, it is time to take action. Cracks in your feet are called fissures and most often occur on the heels of your feet. Living in a dry climate, being overweight, wearing open-backed shoes and consistently going barefoot can all contribute to feet drying out and becoming cracked.
Heel fissures can become deeper over time and become highly susceptible to infection. This is extremely dangerous if you have a secondary condition such as diabetes. It is a good idea to exfoliate your feet a few times a week to remove thick, dry skin. This needs to be done very gently. Moisturize your feet at least twice a day and wear socks over night to help even further. Stay away from open-backed or thin-soled shoes. Instead, wear shoes with good cushioning and shock absorption to help take pressure off the affected area.
If you have diabetes and are experiencing fissures that are not healing or are becoming infected, contact Dr. Danciger for treatment immediately. You can make an appointment by calling (760) 568-0108 or sending in an appointment request online.