Q: What have you found to be the common causes of cracked feet among your patients?
Dr. William Knudson: The common causes of cracked feet include wearing improper footwear, being overweight, continuous exposure to water, cold weather, using harsh soaps, or standing for long hours. Any or all of these causes may lead to a painful, uncomfortable result.
Q: Are there certain medical conditions that may contribute to cracked feet?
Dr. William Knudson: Yes - conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease, psoriasis and eczema may be contributing factors that result in cracked feet.
Q: What are a few of the symptoms and signs of cracked feet?
Dr. William Knudson: The most prominent symptoms and signs of cracked feet are pain, itchiness, peeling skin, bleeding, and red or flaky patches. Unfortunately, cracked feet have been shown to cause extreme pain and infection when left untreated.
Q: How can people use home remedies to alleviate this problem and protect the health of their feet?
Dr. William Knudson: One of the best methods that has worked for patients in our practice is to soak the feet in warm soapy water and then scrub the dead, hard skin away. Another suitable remedy is coconut oil, which fights bacterial and fungal infections while moisturizing the feet. Coconut oil has remarkable antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Finally, a mentholated rub may be the choice for many people. Mentholated rub contains a number of essential oils and is known to help heal toenail fungus.