Suffering with dry feet? Cracked skin on heels?
Dry Feet? Cracked heels?
Dry cracked heels are a common problem and a huge frustration for many patients. Fortunately, there are solutions.
Most important first step in evaluation is to exclude a secondary cause for the dryness and cracking such as an underlying skin disorder like psoriasis, eczema, or a contact dermatitis all of which can cause redness and peeling on the feet. We may also check for a fungal infection (tinea pedis).
Once an underlying cause has been excluded, we are left with dry skin as the diagnosis also known as xerosis (not to be confused with cirrhosis). We often attempt to screen for exacerbating factors such as walking barefoot or improper skin care.
There are many products that are helpful for this condition. My favorite treatment are the urea containing products. Urea is a keratolytic meaning it dissolves the keratin (makes up top layer skin cells) removing the flaking skin and allowing better moisturization.
There are many different brands containing this product which are helpful. My personal favorite is the ISDN Ureadin Podos Gel Oil, which we carry in our office.