If allowed to continue without treatment, the feet can become even more uncomfortable to stand or walk on. The cracks can get deeper, bleed or get infected, and the problem can become more serious. At this point you will need to see a doctor for further assistance. After exfoliating using an all natural sugar scrub, you need a nice moisturizing lotion or body butter to help keep that healthy looking, soften skin! You can try Silk Spa Creations, silk candles, that melt into a pool of oil for your skin, that specialize in keeping the skin moist ALL DAY!!! In addition to increased sugar levels, diabetics also tend to have high lipid concentrations in the blood. This produces the build up of plaque in the arteries, which results in poor circulation to tissues. Tissues depend on blood circulation for nutrients and oxygen to stay healthy and fight infections. Consequently, circulatory problems may not directly lead to ulcers on the feet, but exacerbates diabetic foot complications by creating a poor environment for wounds to heal. Be cautious when taking baths or going to steam rooms because with decreased sensation, the chances of getting burns increases. When taking baths, test the water first with a thermometer or your hand. Have you taken a close look at your feet lately? Have you noticed that the skin looks a little hard? If it is then you may have a callus. But what is a callus and more importantly how can you get rid of it. A callus is basically dead skin cells that have accumulated in specific areas of your foot. It is usually located on the bottom of your food where the most pressure is applied. It is actually your body's way of protecting your foot against this pressure. One may also benefit from using good-quality orthotic devices such as insoles or silicone foot pads prescribed by a podiatrist. My boots are designed in such a way that I’m pretty much on tiptoe. Which means that even though my toes have enough space in the shoe, I still have foot pain. My main issue is a big callus on the ball of the foot. You can’t see it, thank God, but I can feel it when I massage my foot. If you want to avoid this, the secret is going ½ a size bigger and purchasing something like Scholl’s Party Feet insertions , or Scholl’s Sore Spot Gels. They are cheap and work wonderfully. The top of the foot, especially the midfoot, has numerous joints and nerves, and occasionally the two can become a little too well acquainted. The nerves can be pinched by the joints, or even get trapped causing numbness and pain in the top of the foot. The condition is linked to fallen arches, with the collapse making nerve entrapment all the more likely. In most cases the problem can be remedied with a little manipulation by a physical therapist. In the picture, two large, painful corns are visible – one on the ball of the foot underneath the third toe and one on the tip of the fourth toe.