James P. Bray


My husband has awful cracked and dry skin on the bottom of his feet. What can be done about this?

Patty Bonsignore


Dry skin, particularly on the feet,is not uncommon for people with diabetes. The best way to treat dry skin is to wash the feet daily with soap and water, rinse and dry well and apply a moisturizer. There are lots of “diabetic creams” on the market, but we do not recommend one over the other. Have your husband try something basic --, alcohol-free and thicker in consistency so it doesn’t wipe right off. If the cracking and drying are very severe, he will want to see his physician, because there are prescription creams he can try. Also, your husband should avoid soaking his feet, because this can dry them out even more.

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JSJB 2012-05-05 04:43:44 -0500 Report

I also had cracked and dry skin but I started doing what you suggested and they are ok but calloused, if that is how you spell it, you have to keep up with the treatment but it is worth it.