What cracked skin on feet means?

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Marlene Reid in the Media

When there’s cracking on your feet, or if moisturizer doesn’t improve dryness over a few days, should you consult a foot specialist? What about brittle toenails or ulcers that don’t seem to heal?  Readers Digest recently asked Dr Marlene Reid if the issue could be related to Thyroid problems.

The thyroid, in addition to controlling mood, sleep and appetite also assists with controlling blood pressure and tissue growth.  When there’s a suspected thyroid issue, dryness of the skin around the ankles can be a common symptom. In cases where moisture doesn’t improve the dry skin site, a referral to the patients primary doctor to test their thyroids may be suggested.

Other common conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Arterial Disease
  • Anemia
  • Nerve Damage