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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Winter May Bring on Xerosis | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Winter May Bring on Xerosis

While Xerosis may sound like the tie breaker for a spelling bee, it is actually just a big word for a fairly common condition: very dry skin on the feet and heels. In winter, at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we see an increase in the number of cases of Xerosis because the increased use of indoor heating tends to dry out our skin. Other habits that can make skin drier include:

  • Showering more than once a day on a regular basis
  • Using very hot water when bathing or showering
  • Washing with soaps that are drying to the skin
  • Not applying moisturizer regularly to re-hydrate the skin
  • Wearing shoes that rub on certain areas of the feet


If your skin has become so dry that it is itchy or scaly, that means the condition has progressed to what’s called Prurtius. However, both Xerosis and Prurtius are usually easily reversed by apply a rich moisturizing lotion or cream to the feet on a daily basis. To help the moisturizer absorb better into the skin, try applying at night and then wearing cotton socks to bed.

When to Call the Podiatrist

If you have altered your showering habits and have been diligently applying moisturizer to you feet but the dry skin does not seem to be going away after two weeks, it’s time to come into our Aberdeen office and have the condition evaluated by one of our foot doctors, Christopher J. Mullin, DPM or Jessica A. Addeo, DPM.  Skin that is dry, itchy and flaking can also be the sign of a bacterial or fungal infection, such as Athlete’s Foot. In this case, the podiatrist would prescribe the appropriate medicine to cure it. Cracks and dry skin can also be an indicator of a disease such as diabetes or neuropathy and therefore it’s best to have an experienced foot doctor evaluate the condition if it is persistent.

If you have questions or concerns about your feet, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling 732-566-2841. We’re here to answer all your foot and ankle questions.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Winter May Bring on Xerosis, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen