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How To Get Rid Of Peeling Skin On Your Feet

It’s common knowledge that winter has a tendency to aggravate certain foot conditions, and for that reason, we should take extra care of our feet. Peeling skin, Dry skin, and dead, hard skin can become a real problem during the winter, and even throughout the year if we neglect proper foot care. Skin on our feet can build up over time if our feet are confined inside our boots and socks, leaving little room to breathe and keeping them in an environment where there is a lack of healthy moisture. What’s more, if we go too long without proper exfoliation and a decent moisturizing and scrubbing routine, we are likely going to experience the nuisance of dead, peeling skin.

Located on the bottom of our feet, or sometimes on our toes, dead, peeling skin can present itself in several ways. Whether it be cracked heels, peeling skin, or hard, dry and rough skin, it’s a problem that deserves attention. It may persist alongside another common foot condition, or you could be experiencing it for the first time. Whatever your situation, we’re here to give you the low-down on how a chiropodist can help! Furthermore, we’ll be sure to let you know what you can do from home to defeat it! If you combine the two, you’ll be right on track to ridding your feet of peeling skin.

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Can A Chiropodist Remove Peeling Skin?

Yes, absolutely. Licensed chiropodists are qualified foot specialists and will be able to remove peeling skin with specialized tools and products. They are also equipped to inform you how to use these various products if you’re required to apply them from home. Likewise, Peeling skin can be associated with various foot conditions that chiropodists are trained to treat by incorporating medicated ointments, creams, spays, powders, and sometimes antifungals. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Is There Anything I Can Do At Home To Prevent And Remove Peeling Skin On My Feet?

Definitely! It’s always a good idea to maintain your “homework” when it comes to foot care, and your chiropodist will help assist you and inform you. Some things you can try right away, include:

  • Ensuring your feet have time to breathe. We keep our feet cooped up in shoes and socks for a large chunk of the day, so ventilation is important.
  • Avoid public places like pools and showers, which can be breeding grounds for athlete’s foot, and even Plantar warts. If you’re unable to avoid them, make sure to shield your feet with flip-flops or shower shoes.
  • Stay hydrated. A given!
  • Opt for lukewarm showers and baths, instead of hotter temperatures. Exposure to very hot showers or baths can contribute to dry, peeling skin.

Let’s also discuss some foot care habits, accessories and products, as well as how to use them, including:

  • Foot file
  • Medicated products
  • Exfoliating and moisturizing from home

Foot File

You can invest in proper foot care and say goodbye to dead, dry or peeling skin by purchasing a Foot file. Not only will you be able to polish your feet and get rid of peeling skin, foot files are multi-purposeful, and are also a perfect accessory that can rid your feet of Calluses and be used during at-home Pedicures. A foot file will have a rough side and a smooth side and is easy to use.

Using the rough side of the file and in a downward motion, you can scrap away any dead skin. For the best access to both feet, use your knee to rest the foot you’re using the foot file on, and then switch feet. For optimal results, you can soak your feet in lukewarm water for about 20 minutes prior to using the foot file. Afterwards, you should be sure to follow up with a good moisturizing regime!

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Exfoliating And Moisturizing From Home

An excellent accompaniment to your foot file is a thorough exfoliating and moisturizing routine. For exfoliating, you can make a homemade foot scrub with epsom salt or sugar, or look into purchasing a trusted product to simplify the process. Creams are also excellent moisturizers. An excellent product to consider is Gehwol’s Fusskraft Soft Feet Cream, which is enriched with avocado oil and other components that leave your feet feeling and looking softer. This cream aims to rid your feet of scaly and dry skin by reawakening skin cells, and also acts as a defence against conditions that cause dead skin. Another plus to this product is it’s ability to ward off calluses!

If the peeling or dry skin is primarily located on your heels in the form of cracked heels, you can try moisturizing regularly with Dermal Therapy Heel Care Cream. Cracked heels, if ignored, can become irritated, inflamed and can even bleed, especially during the harsher winter weather. Not only a great product for your heels, this product locks in moisture and fights intensely dry skin on your feet. The superstar component of this cream is urea, which binds moisture to skin cells.

Other Medicated Products 

You can also opt for Gehwol’s Med Salve For Cracked Skin. The medicated soap, lanolin, and Vaselin in Gehwol’s Med Salve softens hard skin. Furthermore, this product is able to keep dry, peeling skin and cracked heels from becoming inflamed or worsening. Gehwol specializes in foot care products that can do most of the work for you if used properly and consistently! Check out even more of their versatile products!

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We’re Here To Help! 

Do you have a problem with dry, cracked, peeling, or dead skin on your feet? Don’t be embarrassed if it seems icky, it’s widely common and an issue for many! We pride ourselves in effectively communicating your concerns and needs as comfortable as possible. Call our downtown Toronto foot clinic anytime to ask about your specific concern! We’ll make sure to provide actionable steps towards getting your feet as happy and healthy as possible!

Call us at 416-769-FEET (3338) or Book Your Assessment Today!

Here’s to Many More Years of Foot Care!

At Feet First Clinic, we’re always excited to welcome new clients! After a successful 12 years of treating our amazing patients, we’re ready to continue offering only the best foot care services and products. Give us a call to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have! Our Toronto foot specialists are ready to help!

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