Dry Skin

Dry skin often has a reduction in natural oils and sweat production making it much less supple and stretchy. Most of us apply a hand cream but rarely pay the same attention to our feet.

How to treat dry skin

A moisturising cream applied to the skin regularly will help to sort the situation. Generally a cream, which is thick and stodgy, is better than a runny watery cream those containing urea or lanolin seem to work best.

Often we soak our feet when they feel tired and dry as it makes them feel nice but it also removes even more of the skins natural oils making the condition worse. If you do soak your feet, I would recommend for no longer than approximately 5 mins .

Continual Treatment

Poor skin quality can also be caused by other conditions such as a poor diet or dehydration and smoking but a routine using a good emollient cream and filing of any hard skin, especially around the heels, will help to keep your feet more comfortable

If the condition does not improve the dryness could be due to medication or an underlying medical condition seek advice from you doctor or Chiropodist/Podiatrist.

If general hygiene does not help and the problem becomes extremely excessive, or smelly go and see you doctor for some advice.

Other useful pages:

  • General footcare
  • Footwear
  • Athletes foot


Moist Skin can be caused when our bodies produce too much sweat or a s a result of poor personal hygiene. The skin can become over stretchy and waterlogged. This condition is more common in young boys prior to puberty and will normally improve with age.

How to treat sweaty feet

Good personal hygiene will go a long way to help.

  1. Wash your feet daily in warm soapy water and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  2. Change your socks or hosiery daily. Cotton socks will allow the skin to breath more than a nylon stocking/tights.
  3. Use alcohol products on the skin such as surgical spirit or witch hazel to help dry moisture. A cotton bud can be useful to get between the toes; an empty spray travel bottle can be filed to make application easier.
  4. Do Not use talcum powder to help dry your skin it will absorb the moisture but the wet particles will stay on the skin until you next wash, this will encourage the skin to smell and also athletes foot.
  5. Think about your footwear certain shoes such as trainers and man made materials cause the feet to sweat more. Try to alternate the shoes you wear to allow the sweat to dry out between wears; stale sweat will tend to smell more. Leather shoes allow the foot to breath more and stay fresher.

Continual Treatment

If general hygiene does not help and the problem becomes extremely excessive, or smelly go and see you doctor for some advice.

Other useful pages:

  • General footcare 
  • Footwear 
  • Athletes foot