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By Daniel Reminga
December 10, 2012
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Oh the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful…We all know that song. It’s played over and over during the holidays. It’s so true, the weather can be frightful this time of year and kicking your feet up by the fireplace can be delightful after a long day of holiday hustle and bustle!

Another truth that goes along with the winter months is the fact that our feet can pay a price due to the “frightful” weather and the dry conditions associated with this time of year. A crackling fireplace is delightful; however, cracking, dry skin on our feet and ankles is not.

We come to expect it…, along with winter comes dry air. First we feel it in our hair and skin. Our hands look chapped and parched and our hair feels brittle and lifeless.

When our socks come off, our feet can look frightful! Dry, cracked and flaky skin on the feet can result in discomfort and can lead to full-blown foot pain. Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, in Houghton, MI, offers some helpful ways to go from frightful holiday feet to delightful holiday feet!

Dr. Reminga, a board certified foot and ankle specialist, says, “Some people have chronic dry skin their whole lives. Others develop dry skin as they age due to the body’s loss of moisture and elasticity. This change can affect the whole body, including the feet. It is a fact that the feet are most likely to have dry skin over any other part of the body. If this condition is left untreated, the skin can crack becoming very uncomfortable and painful.

The areas most likely to acquire dry skin are on the backs of the heels and under the toes.” Dr. Reminga goes on to say, “Xeroderma is a mild dryskin condition that results from the seasonal decrease in humidity levels. This condition most often affects older people in the wintertime. The reason for this is due to the fact that older people have less moisture in their skin than those that are younger. In addition, severe dry-skin conditions such as, eczema and psoriasis are both characterized by rashes that produce scabby and very itchy skin. Both eczema and psoriasis can show up all over the body, including the feet. If these conditions occur between the toes and cause the skin to crack, walking can become painful.” Dr. Reminga warns, “If eczema and psoriasis become chronic, causing dry cracked skin most apparent around the edges of the heel, this can be a warning sign of diabetes or a thyroid disorder.” So, it is very important to have your feet checked if you are experiencing dry, cracked skin. A board certified foot and ankle specialist, like Dr. Reminga can diagnose the type of skin condition you have and can prescribe the proper treatment plan for your condition.

Dr. Reminga’s precautions:

  • Avoid wearing shoes without socks. Before bed, apply a good moisturizer and wear cotton socks.  This will help the moisturizer to soak into your dry skin overnight.
  • Use a humidifier in your home. A humidity gauge is also helpful to place in your home. This device ranges from dry to humid and will show where the air in your home falls on the gauge. If it falls within the “comfort zone”, your air is at a safe and healthy level. If it falls below the “comfort zone” you know you need to add more moisture in the air.
  • When you shower, use lukewarm or cool water. If you prefer a bath, use bath oil. Be extra careful when getting in and out of the bathtub when using any type of oil in your bath water.
  • Don’t bathe more than once a day. Over cleaning the skin depletes its natural moisture.
  • Avoid harsh soaps that contain detergents. A soap with natural ingredients and one that contains a type of natural oil, such as olive oil, is a good choice. Avoid soaps that contain moisture-wicking sodium laureth sulfates or alcohol.
  • After bathing, apply a moisturizer overall as well as the feet. A natural body lotion or moisturizer containing essential oils will help to seal in the moisture.

If you are suffering from eczema, psoriasis, or any other skin condition on your feet or ankles, call Dr. Reminga, at 906-482-9950. Dr. Reminga can determine what type of treatment would work best for your particular condition.  At Northern Foot Care Center, Dr. Reminga is specially trained in the foot and ankle. He has been in practice for over 27 years. Your feet don’t have to hurt.

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