Cracked Heel Treatments Plus Tips on Feet Care

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just overexposure or lack of moisturizing. Medically, cracked heels are also known as heel fissures. Fissures are regular linear cut wounds and mostly affect the surface level which comprises of the epidermis. Sometimes it may get deep into the dermis and become painful. Excessive pressure on the feet pads make the feet want to expand sideways. As the skin, surrounding the sides of the feet are dry they crack and cause cracked heels. Appearances of dry cracked heels also indicate zinc and omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.

Cure for Cracked Heels

What You Need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • Sugar or salt (either will work)
  • Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil
  • Pumice stone
  • Stridex, found in the acne section of any drugstore
  • Thick moisturizer
  • Socks

Here’s how:

  • Soak feet for 5-10 minutes in a warm foot bath made with 1 cup milk and 5 cups warm water.
  • Create a homemade foot scrub by putting 4 tablespoons salt or sugar in 1/2 cup oil. Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil or even vegetable oil works well.
  • Massage the homemade foot scrub in a circular motion into bottoms of feet.
  • Scrub bottoms of feet with the pumice stone. Rinse and dry feet.
  • Before you go to bed that night, try this tip from beauty guru Paula Begoun: rub a Stridex pad over dry areas of feet. Stridex, a product found in the acne section of any drugstore, contains 2 percent salicylic acid so it’s a great exfoliant for the feet.
  • Apply moisturizer thickly on feet (do not wash off Stridex). A super-rich moisturizer like cocoa butter, Eucerin or even Vaseline works best.
  • Pull on socks and keep them on throughout the night for at least 4 hours.

Feet maintenance is a part and parcel of your beauty treatment. Here are a few tips on how to make your feet look as fresh as possible.

  • To keep your feet smelling good and looking fresh dust some deodorizing talcum powder onto your feet every morning.
  • You need to exercise your feet. Walking is a good form of exercise for the feet.
  • When you get back from a long day, soak your feet alternatively in hot and cold water. Add some salt to this water.
  • If your feet are itching, then apply some lemon juice and vinegar.
  • Try massaging some onion juice between the toes. This will relieve itching and athlete’s foot.
  • When shopping for shoes, comfort is the operative word. Ill-fitting shoes which are too tight have really high heels and pointed toes are largely responsible for the ‘ill-health’ of your feet. Your shoes must support the arch of your foot and also provide enough room to accommodate your toes.

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