Causes, Signs, Solutions and Prevention
What are dry feet?
Here at Scholl, when we talk about dry feet we mean dry skin on the feet.
Sometimes the skin on your feet can become dry, resulting in cracks.1
What causes dry feet?
Dry skin on your feet occurs when the outer layer of skin loses moisture.2,3
Sometimes shoes can contribute to dry skin on your feet – if the shoe material doesn’t allow moisture to escape then heat and humidity get trapped, causing sweaty feet. Sweaty feet can lead to skin dryness. Other types of shoe contribute to dry skin by causing friction – like shoes that are not as close-fitted (e.g. flip flops or sandals).2
Other factors that can contribute to dry feet include exposure to cold, dry, or windy weather, excessive bathing in hot water, and contact with harsh soaps or bath products.3
What are the signs of dry feet?
Signs of dry feet include skin that feels rough, scaly, and flaky, particularly on the heels.3,4,5
How to keep feet healthy
- Moisturising the feet regularly can help manage dry feet.2,3,6
- Exfoliate feet regularly to remove dry and dead skin.1,6
- Use a thick foot cream or balm to moisturise the feet regularly.1
Consult a health professional if your dry feet worsen or severe cracks appear in the feet.
How to prevent dry feet
Wear shoes that are well-fitted and appropriate for your chosen activity.1,2
Avoid walking barefoot—wearing enclosed shoes with cotton socks can help prevent dry skin on your feet.1,2
Take shorter showers or baths using lukewarm water — long hot showers or baths can contribute to dry skin on your feet.2,3
Avoid using harsh soaps or bath products, which can also contribute to dry feet.2,3
Gently pat your feet dry with a towel instead of rubbing vigorously.2,3
Apply a foot moisturiser daily,1 immediately after taking a bath or shower.3 Scholl Eulactol Heel Balm Gold is specifically designed to help smooth, soften, and hydrate rough, dry, and cracked skin.
Remove hard and thickened skin to help the moisturiser to work.5
Wear bed socks after applying a foot moisturiser at night to help retain moisture.5
Optimising your general foot health
A simple maintenance routine can help to keep the skin on your feet healthy:7
- Daily care: Wash and dry your feet thoroughly and apply moisturiser every day
- Footwear: Ensure that your shoes fit properly (both in width and length) and are appropriate for your activity
- Appearance: Check the appearance of your feet regularly for any changes
- Movement: Keep your joints moving where possible
- Referral: Speak with your GP, pharmacist, or podiatrist if you have any concerns about your foot health