The Best Moisturizer For Rough Feet

Dry skin on rough feet is a common condition in all seasons. In the winter, our skin naturally dries in cold weather. Summertime brings open shoes, which allows the dirt and dust to dry our feet. While many people use creams and lotions to moisturize the skin, some only do so when there is discomfort and cracking from the dry skin. Others buy what’s on sale without concern as to if it is the right solution for them. As a Houston podiatrist, I am exposed to many different creams and lotions. The following are my recommendation for over the counter creams and lotions.

A lotion is a good selection for mild dryness on the top of the foot, around the ankles and on the legs. It is not suitable for the thicker skin on the bottom of the foot and especially the heels. Lotions are a thinner vehicle for moisture and do not penetrate the skin as deeply. Using a lotion does certainly have an appropriate place in foot health. While there are many lotions available in the grocery stores, physician's offices, and pharmacies, the only lotion I recommend is Amerigel Care Lotion. Available online and in many pharmacies, this lotion has properties that no others have. It contains Oakin, a natural ingredient that exfoliates dry skin, fights bacterial and fungal infection, and reduces skin inflammation. It is one of the few lotions that can eliminate the pigmentation that many find on their legs.

Unlike lotions, there are several creams that I recommend. Each serves a particular purpose. For maintenance, when there is not a particular issue with dryness and the skin of the feet is generally healthy, both Eucerin cream and Cetaphil cream can be used with excellent results. Both are widely available in pharmacies and grocery stores.

There is many times where feet become dry and rough when an “off the shelf” solution doesn’t work well enough. The first line of defense is a stronger moisturizing cream. Foot Miracle, by Straight Arrow, is a cream that absorbs well into the skin to treat dry and rough areas of the skin. Using it twice a day will condition the skin and keep it from drying and cracking. There are some who still need another level of hydration. For those I recommend Gormel Crème, by Gordon Labs. Gormel Crème contains 20% Urea, which adds elasticity to the skin to make it supple by drawing upon the body’s own moisture. It also helps to prevent and treat painful cracking and splitting skin.

Most of the time, any old moisturizer won’t do. It is important to identify your skin type, what you expect from the cream, and what the best one is for your particular situation. All of the products discussed are available in our Houston office
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.