Dry and cracked feet are not only unsightly, but they can be uncomfortable. You may be experiencing dry “ashy” skin. Maybe you stand on hard surfaces all day. Perhaps you even fail to moisturize your feet like you do the rest of your body.
Whatever the cause may be, you want to return your feet to a smooth and beautifully moisturized state. Dry feet are something you can likely remedy at home with things you may already have! Here are a couple ideas:
Coconut oil is a new craze with cooking and other purposes. One thing it can be used for that you may not have thought of is healing dry and cracked feet. Wash your feet well before going to bed. Rub in some coconut oil and put on a pair of clean, cotton socks. Wash your feet in the morning and dry them well. You can do this for several days or until you are happy with the way your feet look. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can do the same thing with olive oil!
2. Gel Socks
Clean and dry your feet before you go to bed. Apply moisturizer to your feet and put on a pair of gel socks. Take your socks off when you wake up and wash your feet in warm water. You will repeat this for several days and the dry, rough skin will eventually peel away. These gel socks are available at our office!
3. Foot Scrub
Fill a tub with warm water and a bit of liquid soap. Soak your feet for 20 minutes and then scrub the dry areas with a pumice stone (Healthy Foot Bars available at our office!). Rinse your feet, dry, and apply your favorite moisturizer. Put on socks and go to bed. Do this every night until your feet are nice and soft.
4. Epsom Salt
A ½ cup of Epsom salt is all it takes. Use lukewarm water and soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes. Scrub the dry areas of your feet with a pumice stone (Healthy Foot Bars available at our office!) and then soak in Epsom salt and water for another 10 minutes. Dry your feet. Repeat this every day for up to three days for incredibly soft feet.
If these home remedies don’t help your feet out to your liking, you may want to make an appointment with Gentle Touch Foot Care for further evaluation and more suggestions!