Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just over exposure or lack of moisturizing. Read on to see how to get your heels in tip top condition for the summer.
As we expose our feet after a winter wrapped away they often look neglected and the most common problem is often unsightly cracked heels. This is not a harmful to our health except when the fissures or cracks are deep, when they tend to become painful and the skin begins to bleed. This could lead to infection and need monitoring especially for those already suffering from chronic ailments such as diabetes or who have a depleted immune system due to age or illness which may slow down the treatment of cracked heels.
Many cracked heel repair creams that are available in the market today contain a range of chemicals that can aggravate your skin and increase discomfort. So go natural, and give your tootsies a real treat.
Scrubbing the hard, dead skin away helps a great deal in getting rid of cracked feet. Before scrubbing, soak your feet in warm soapy water to help soften the skin and make it easier to scrub.
- Before going to bed, mix some liquid soap in a foot tub filled with warm water.
- Soak your feet in this warm soapy water for about 20 minutes.
- Use a pumice stone to gently scrub off the loosened dead skin cells.
- Rinse off your feet with clean water and pat dry with a soft towel.
- Apply some foot cream or moisturizer and wear a pair of clean cotton socks overnight.
Follow this remedy daily until your cracked feet are healed completely.
If you (like most people) take care to moisturize your face and even arms and legs but ignore your feet, you probably have very dry feet. The feet are already drier than most other body parts, so you need to work at keeping them soft and supple. Moisturize multiple times a day. If you have a medical condition like athlete’s foot or diabetes or are elderly, your feet may be drier than normal. This is usually because of reduced blood flow, damaged nerves, or, in the case of diabetics, high levels of blood glucose.
3. Regular Oil Massage
If you have a tendency to develop dry feet, then it is very important for you to regularly exfoliate your feet. But make sure that you do not use harmful cosmetic products on your feet and try to go for natural oils. If the cracks in your feet are bit deep, then you can think of massaging your feet with olive oil or almond oil regularly to reduce the cracked heels and feet. You can also use vegetable oil or coconut oil on the affected areas under the feet and massage softly so that your feet get the necessary blood circulation. You can leave this oil on your feet overnight and wash it off in the morning.
4. Vaseline And Lemon Juice Mixture
You need to first thoroughly clean and wash your feet and then pat it dry. Now, soak your feet in lukewarm water for about 20 minutes to soften your skin. After again patting your feet dry, you need to apply a mixture of one teaspoon of Vaseline and two or three teaspoons of lemon juice over the cracked areas of your feet. Rub it evenly so that the mixture gets absorbed by your skin. You need to leave it overnight and wash it off the next day morning and you will see crack-free feet in a week’s time.
5. Be Gentle And Cover Up
Pat your feet dry when you are done with a bath or soak. Don’t be rough, as this could cause threads from the towel to get stuck in the cracks. Put on a pair of clean, soft socks made with cotton or natural fabrics and wear footwear all the time. Don’t use rough material like wool directly on cracked skin as it can make it worse.2 Your footwear could be contributing to the problem, so avoid wearing high heels or flip flops for lengths of time.