Cracked heel is the result of dry skin that accompanied with thickened skin. It is not surprising that cracked feet can be a common problem for everyone. It can be both adults and children. However, it most commonly affects people with dry skin and older people.
Unless it is severe, it can be harmless to your health. However, it can be suck when you need to wear sandals since your heels will be showing out in the open!
There are many factors that contribute to a cracked heel. Having flat feet, wearing shoes that do not fit your feet, dry living environment, or even health condition like obesity and diabetes can cause your heel to dry and cracked.
How to treat cracked feet from home?
Lack of moisture can be one of the most common causes of the cracked heel. You can start by applying heel balm in the morning before you start your day to increase skin elasticity. It is also encouraged to moisturise your heel two to three times a day and wear full cover shoes that can protect your feet and heel. When looking for a moisturiser, find a moisturiser that contains a skin-softening agent that will help to remove dead skin such as urea, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid.
Toughening your foot is good, however, if it's too tough and dry, it can cause your heel to crack. Never scrub your feet when they’re dry as they will damage your skin. It is best to soak your feet in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes first and scrub them while your feet are wet or softer to remove any hard or thick skin.
Do not peel or shave the dry skin off your feet as it can cause an infection that led to a bigger problem. If you want to do it at home, you can exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone. It is recommended to use them once every couple of weeks to exfoliate the dead skin off your feet.
#3 Nature remedies
There are plenty of natural remedies out there that will not hurt your wallet. In fact, these ingredients might be closer than you think. Where does everyone go when they need food? You are right! The kitchen! An ingredient like vegetable oil, honey, or even banana can be the ingredient to your smooth heel. Here are some of the list of the ingredient that might just be in your kitchen for you to use to maintain your femme fatal.
Honey - heal, cleanse the wound and moisturise skin.
Coconut oil - retain moisture.
Vinegar - 1:2 ratio of vinegar to water for a foot soak.
Olive or vegetable oil - to moisturise.
Shea butter - to moisturise.
Mashed banana - to moisturise.
Oatmeal mixed with olive oil - for a good scrub.
However, the solution that was provided will not be the only solution. Remember! The cracked heel can be caused by a lot of reasons including your health condition. If you had tried the above and your cracked foot still persists, I would encourage you to please seek a special treatment from a podiatrist (foot specialist) as it might be caused by a more serious condition.
At the end of the day, your feet able you to have the ability to walk and run every day. It is only fair if you give them extra treatment to stay pretty and presentable. Just like your regular face care, your feet need them too.