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Managing Dry Skin & Calluses In Winter

Managing Dry Skin & Calluses In Winter

Now that we are officially in winter, colder temperatures and drier air can wreak havoc on our skin, particularly on our feet. Dry skin and calluses are common winter foot problems that can cause discomfort and even pain if left untreated. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to effectively manage dry skin and calluses during the winter months to keep your feet healthy and happy.

Understanding Dry Skin and Calluses:

Dry skin occurs when the skin loses its natural oils and moisture, leading to flakiness, itching, and cracking. In winter, cold air outside and heated indoor environments can further strip moisture from the skin, exacerbating dryness. Calluses, on the other hand, are areas of thickened skin that develop in response to repeated friction or pressure, often on the heels or balls of the feet. While calluses serve as a natural defence mechanism, they can become painful if they grow too thick or crack.

Tips for Managing Dry Skin and Calluses:

  1. Hydrate Regularly: One of the most effective ways to combat dry skin is by staying hydrated from the inside out. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin moisturised and supple.
  2. Moisturise Daily: Apply a rich, emollient foot cream or lotion to your feet every day, especially after bathing or showering when your skin is most receptive to moisture. Look for products containing ingredients like shea butter, urea, or hyaluronic acid, which help to lock in moisture and repair the skin barrier. Or speak with our friendly podiatrists or receptionists to see what stock we have on hand in the clinic.
  3. Exfoliate Gently: Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent the buildup of thick, dry patches. Use a gentle foot scrub or pumice stone to exfoliate your feet 1-2 times per week, focusing on areas prone to calluses like the heels and balls of the feet. Avoid over-exfoliating, as this can cause irritation and further damage to the skin.
  4. Wear Moisture-Wicking Socks: Choose socks made from breathable, moisture-wicking materials like merino wool or bamboo to keep your feet dry and comfortable. Avoid wearing damp socks for extended periods, as this can promote the growth of bacteria and fungus.
  5. Protect Your Feet: When venturing out into the cold, wear insulated, waterproof footwear to protect your feet from the elements. Consider wearing silicone or gel pads to cushion and protect areas prone to calluses from friction and pressure.
  6. Seek Professional Help: If you have stubborn calluses or dry skin that doesn’t improve with at-home treatments, consider seeking help from a podiatrist. We can safely remove thick calluses and provide personalised recommendations for managing your foot care needs.

Don’t let dry skin and calluses put a damper on your winter fun. By following these simple tips and incorporating a regular foot care routine into your daily regimen, you can keep your feet soft, smooth, and healthy all winter long. Remember, taking care of your feet is essential for overall well-being, so don’t neglect them during the colder months.

Stay warm, stay hydrated, stay moisturised, and you can book your next podiatry appointment HERE