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Cracked Heels are One of The Few Drawbacks of Summer Time | Amoils.com

Added September 4, 2010, Under: Men's Health, Skin Conditions, Women's Health

Massage of female feet. Pedicures. Isolated on white background.

Have you managed to neglect your feet and especially your heels during these past few months of summer?   Such cracks can be really painful and even bleed. Although this common foot problem is likely to happen in the summer months when open shoes or sandals are popular, they can carry on into the winter when dry and chapped skin is common.

The early warning signs of cracked heels

The first sign that you might develop cracked heels is the appearance of dry, hard, thickened skin around the rim of the heel.   The skin starts to look yellow or dark brown and tiny cracks or fissures start to be visible.  If no cracked heel treatment is applied and more pressure is placed on the heel, these cracks become deeper so that walking and even standing are painful.  The cracks may become so deep that they start to bleed and may even become infected.  Cracked heels definitely seem to be more of a female problem while the guys suffer with Athlete’s foot.

These could be why you have cracked heels

  • Spending long periods standing on hard surfaces
  • A change in walking posture
  • High arched feet or flat feet
  • Inactive sweat glands
  • Misalignment of the metatarsal bones
  • Shoes that do not fit correctly
  • Wearing open back sandals or shoes
  • Surgery to the lower parts of the body
  • Other skin disorders such as Athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema, thyroid disease and even diabetes
  • Aging as thick dry scaly skin loses elasticity with age
  • Unhygienic conditions or unhealthy dry skin due to climate or disease
  • A vitamin, mineral or zinc deficiency
  • Omega-3 fatty deficiency
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Extra dry feet or Xerosis
  • Excessive feet activity especially if the skin is already dry
  • Lack of attention to foot care and general neglect of the feet which will often lead to cracked skin

Here are ways to to look after your feet

  • Keep the feet clean and dirt free
  • Soak them in warm water for about 20 minutes at night
  • Apply lots of moisturizing cream and exfoliate the feet
  • A natural petroleum-type jelly can also be used as a cracked heal cream to seal in the moisture after a foot bath and then slip into thick socks for bed
  • Or another method is to use a regular application of a mixture of glycerine and rosewater
  • A further method is to apply the pulp of a ripe banana on the dry cracked heels for 10 minutes before rinsing clean and repeat daily
  • Use a pumice stone to reduce the thickness of the hard skin in the heal area but do not try to reduce the skin with a razor blade or scissors because of the risk of infection and even taking too much off
  • Avoid wearing open-back shoes or thin soled shoes
  • Avoid walking barefoot if you are prone to dry cracked heels
  • Exercise the feet regularly
  • Pedicures and foot massages will keep heels hydrated and in perfect, crack-free condition
  • Change to a diet rich in calcium, iron, zinc and omega-3 fats
  • Include the use of cracked heel treatment

With a bit of special attention to the care of your feet and some minor lifestyle changes, any cracked heels will disappear and you will go into the coming months with lovely smooth heels to slip into your winter boots or footwear.

The discomfort and pain of dry cracked heels and feet will no longer be a problem.

 

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