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Dry Cracked Heels and Feet

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

Let’s talk about those dry cracked heels and our feet that tend to get really thick, especially at different times of the year. Now one of the causes of this is shoes that do not protect your feet properly, whether that’s from them not being fitted properly and your feet or sliding all over the place, whether that’s from wearing sandals a lot and your feet are just getting too dry, whether that’s from fill-in-the-blank. Our shoes are a very important part of what we wear every day to protect our skin, and so the first thing I want you to look at is if you’re always wearing sandals well your skin on your feet is going to get thicker to protect it from all the external things and the environment that are bothering it. So maybe don’t use sandals as often. Next thing is some people are just prone to thick skin. So what do you do about that? Well, there’s a couple of things, I personally like the lotions that have salicylic acid in them, and you just put those on your feet. You don’t cover your whole body in salicylic acid lotions because systemically that can absorb and that can cause other problems, but you put them on your feet and CeraVe has a great one. It’s called CeraVe SA for salicylic acid, put it on your feet and then you put your socks right on over it and then you put your feet in your shoes and over months, that thickness that’s on your feet will go down. Now don’t just put it on and then walk across your rug in your house and on the floor because it’s all just gonna… none of it’s gonna stick. None of it’s gonna help. So put your sock on right after. The other is they do sell some of those eggs, the sand paper eggs or other things that you can kind of sandpaper off the thickness of your skin, and if you’re gonna do this, please don’t overdo it. Don’t come anywhere close to actually feeling the grinding or the sandpaper on your skin, because if you feel that little bit of ouch or that little bit of too close, then you’re actually encouraging your skin to get thicker to protect it from the trauma. So a lot of people at the end of a shower, they’ll file that area down that’s getting a little bit thick maybe once a month, maybe once every six weeks and then they’ll put the salicylic acid creams on, their socks on and then their shoes. Now if you tend to have thicker skin on your feet and you need these products you are not going to be able to just do it once get them back to normal and then the rest of your life you’re good, it’s probably more of a genetic tendency that you’re going to need some sort of maintenance and for all things that are genetic tendencies that you need some sort of maintenance on much prefer a little bit. Maybe once every other day, every third day, every week, whatever you need. Than letting it get out of control and then smacking it down, and out of control smacking it down, that yo-yo just doesn’t do anybody any good.

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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