Why is the bottom of my foot dry and cracked?

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Houston podiatrist treating dry cracked feetThe bottom of your foot could be dry and cracked for two reasons. First is that your skin either becomes naturally dry or your environment makes your skin dry and cracked. This is common in the Houston summertime when you may wear more open shoes or sandals. The dust and dirt on the ground causes your feet, and heels especially, to dry and crack. This is well treated with an excellent moisturizing cream. Ask Houston Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to recommend one for you.

The other reason for dry and cracked feet is because of a fungal infection, such as athlete's foot. This is commonly misdiagnosed, since there often is no itching or burning symptoms and the foot does appear very dry. In these cases, treatment is often effective using a strong moisturizing cream in conjunction with an antifungal medication.

If your dry and cracked heels and feet are not properly treated, the cracks can worsen and bleed. This is painful for everyone and particularly dangerous if you have diabetes. The cracks can become infected and difficult to heal. Treating cracks in your heel early, before they become problematic, will ensure that your feet stay healthy and remove the risk of infection.

If you've been using a moisturizing cream (or 2 or 3) with poor results, visit Tanglewood Foot Specialists to recommend the best treatment for your painful cracked heels and assess if you need an antifungal medicine as well.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.