How Can I Treat My Dry, Cracked Feet?

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Q: I have very rough skin on my feet (and hands), with some cracks on my heels. They feel and look horrible and I need to do something before I can wear summer sandals.

A: The biggest problem that podiatrist Margaret Dabbs (margaretdabbs.co.uk) sees in older feet is dehydration. Cracks allow infections to get in and must be treated.

Book in with an experienced podiatrist. One of the many conditions they treat is dry and cracked heels. Find a local podiatrist on scpod.org.

Everyone should moisturise their feet every night. Because the skin on your feet is thicker, you need targeted products. Try Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion with emu oil, £25. In your case, pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends Cracked Skin Relief Crème by Derma E, £12.95, which is formulated with antiseptic herbs and vitamins, plus arnica and aloe vera. Apply liberally morning and night.

Buff feet once a week. More often will provoke more rough skin.

Don’t wear closed-in shoes without socks or tights. ‘The moisture from your feet drains into the shoes, drying out the skin,’ says Margaret. Instead, wear sandals.

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