C is for Cracked Heels

November 13, 2012

Cracked heels are a common problem under the heel that occurs more often in those with dry skin, wear open heeled shoes and are overweight

Cracked Heels

Here are some suggestions to treat your cracked heels:

  1. Moisturize regularly: Dry skin is a common cause of cracked heels. Apply a thick moisturizer or a foot cream specifically designed for dry and cracked skin to your heels twice a day, preferably after a bath or shower. Look for products that contain ingredients like urea, salicylic acid, or lactic acid, as they help exfoliate and soften the skin.
  2. Exfoliate gently: Use a pumice stone or a foot file to gently remove dead skin and calluses from your heels. Do this when your feet are damp, such as after a shower or soaking them in warm water for a few minutes. Avoid being too aggressive to prevent further damage.
  3. Soak your feet: Soaking your feet in warm water can help soften the skin and make it easier to remove dead skin. Add a mild soap or foot soak solution to the water and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Afterward, pat your feet dry and apply moisturizer.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes: Ill-fitting or open-back shoes can contribute to cracked heels by causing friction and pressure. Opt for shoes that provide proper support, cushioning, and coverage for your heels. Avoid wearing shoes with thin soles or high heels for extended periods, as they can exacerbate the problem.
  5. Use heel cups or silicone socks: Heel cups or silicone socks can provide additional cushioning and help prevent further cracking by reducing friction and pressure on the heels. Wear them inside your shoes, especially if you’re prone to developing cracked heels.
  6. Stay hydrated: Proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Drink an adequate amount of water each day to keep your skin hydrated from within.
  7. Maintain a healthy diet: Include foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. These nutrients contribute to skin health and can help prevent dryness and cracking.
  8. Avoid excessive hot showers or baths: Prolonged exposure to hot water can strip away the natural oils from your skin, leading to dryness. Opt for warm or lukewarm water instead and limit the time spent in the shower or bath.
  9. Seek professional help if necessary: If your cracked heels are severe, painful, or do not respond to home remedies, it’s advisable to consult a podiatrist or a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment options.

Consistency is key when it comes to treating cracked heels. It may take some time to see improvement, so be patient and continue practicing good foot care habits.


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