Dry feet and cracked soles are more common than dry skin
in other parts of our body because they lack any oil glands, especially on the soles of the feet. The lack of oil leads to dehydration, one of the most significant causes of dry skin. Feet, instead, rely on sweat glands to stay moisturised.
Your foot is also under constant pressure all day from standing, walking, exercising and bearing the brunt of our entire body weight. This can cause hard, dry, callous skin forming on the pressure points in our feet, which is one of the causes of dry skin on feet. This can be especially prominent if you stand on your feet more often than the average person or do a lot of exercise or start a new exercise regime, leading to sore cracked feet developing.
It's important to employ good foot care by applying a moisturising foot lotion. You should always try to prevent dry feet and flaky skin rather than wait to treat it, so using a moisturiser every night as a routine will help treat dry skin on feet. If you do develop cracked skin on feet, try using a nourishing lotion twice a day, once after a bath or shower and once before bed to rehydrate dry feet.