Post surgery dry cracked peeling skin - what should I do?

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I had surgery on 30th March and have 3 incisions. Stitches were removed just over a week again and wounds are healing fine but in general my operated foot is dry, cracked and peeling - despite a ton of moisturiser! The problem is mainly between my toes and under my foot. I wear a special shoe and am heel weight bearing only, so no socks etc. my unoperated foot is 'normal'. Does anyone else have any experience of this - and any advice? I am thinking the wounds are healed enough for me to soak the foot and get a foot file to remove the skin under the foot, although still have no idea about between the toes....

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    Hi Julie, if you are able to shower I would soak your food and use a pumice or foot file.  I think it's common, I had the same for a couple of weeks and just used a foot file and also dried my foot on a separate towel and that also took off a lot of the dead skin off, it doesn't last for long.

    Also Julie I had my sock on with my heel bearing shoe it keeps your feet nice and cosy although my operation was back in January when it was cold. 

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    Perfectly normal. I just gently rubbed it off with a towel while foot still tender and moved to foot file when it felt more robust. Moisturiser and bio oil for the scr once the scab has gone.  My foot is still baby soft skin after 14 weeks. Feels odd! Need to toughen it up again with some hard core walking once I am able!
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    As unpleasant as it is, this is quite normal. The amount of skin and the condition of it may vary from person to person but it will peel/lift off and crack.  All people find something that suits them to sort this problem out.  I took of by hand any loose or lfted skin and I gently massaged a little baby oil in my foot each day and popped on a cotton moisturising sock and within a couple of weeks my foot is lovely and soft and probably in better conditoin than it was before!  

    I wear a sock with my heel shoe as it feels too tender/sensitive to wear the shoe with nothing on my foot and it also keeps it warm smile

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    Thanks for all the advice; it seems foot file and moisturiser is the way forward (time to dig out that bio oil) - I do have some very minor red weeping from the cut on the side (old bunion joint) - is this normal too after 3 weeks? The other two incisions are healing well, but both are on the top of my foot.
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    I was just wondering about this as well!! Was driving me crazy. The bottom of my foot is peeling and is really hard. The skin on top is also peeling...
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