Rough and Dry Foot Skin Treatment: Causes, Prevention and Products

What is rough skin on feet? Skin that is thickened, cracked or dry, or that sometimes appears reddened. If you have these symptoms, including cracked heels and feet, you have a common condition known as dry skin on feet. This rough foot skin condition can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and even painful.

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Do I have dry foot skin? Chances are, you know if you have this foot skin problem. Rough, dry skin can range from simple dry skin to painful, peeling or flaking areas of the skin and/or red, itchy patches.

Although anyone can get it, as you age you are more susceptible to rough, dry skin. It most commonly occurs on the heels, ball of foot, or sides of the foot. If it become severe enough, you may want to pursue dry foot skin treatment over the counter.

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What are dry foot skin causes? Rough, dry skin may occur for a variety of reasons including aging, medical conditions (athlete's foot, diabetes, psoriasis, thyroid disease) or seasonality.

Winter typically causes rough, dry skin due to decreased air humidity and man-made causes such as indoor heaters.

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In addition to dry foot skin treatment products once the condition is already present, try the following steps to prevent the causes of rough, dry foot skin.

  • Rehydration of the skin by drinking water is key to reducing roughness and dryness
  • Use lotions, ointments and creams to keep skin hydrated
  • Using creams or lotions and wearing socks at night may help the lotion work more effectively
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The following Dr. Scholl's products are great for prevention and treatment of dry foot skin.

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Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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