Soaking your feet may feel soothing and seem smart, but it isn't necessary — and it can be dangerous. In fact, if you have dry skin on your feet, they should never be soaked. Prolonged soaking opens small cracks in your skin where germs can get in. That's how infections get started. Soaking also removes your natural skin oils. Repeatedly wetting and drying your feet can worsen dry skin problems, especially if you don't replenish lost moisture afterwards. For these reasons, soaking is not recommended. From a health point of view, the risks of soaking your feet outweigh the benefits.
If you're a diehard fan of foot baths and can't give them up, save them for when you don't have any wounds on your feet. Make sure the water isn't too hot, and don't let your feet stay submerged for too long (they shouldn't shrivel). Use a moisturizing lotion afterward.
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