Cracked heels are a common foot problem. One survey found that 20 percent of most adults experience cracked skin on their feet. This can occur in both adults and children, and seems to affect women more often than men. For most people, having cracked heels is not serious and does not need any attention. It may cause discomfort when going barefoot. In some cases, cracks in the heels can become very deep and cause pain.
Let us look at simple methods to treat them and bring back your nice smooth heels.
The skin around cracked heels is often thicker and drier than the rest of your skin because it is made up of dead keratinized tissues. This skin tends to split when you apply pressure. Soaking and moisturizing your feet can help with this. You can try this at home.
1. Soak feet
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–Boil water and leave it to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Make it soapy and keep your feet in for up to about 20-25 minutes.
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–Use a foot scrubber or in the least, a hard sponge to remove the softened thick skin.
–Gently wipe your feet dry.
–Apply a heel balm or thick moisturizer to the affected area.
–Apply petroleum jelly or even cocoa butter or virgin oil over your feet to lock in moisture. Put on socks to avoid spreading any grease around when you move around.
Avoid scrubbing your feet when they’re dry. This increases your risk for damaged skin.
Honey may work as a natural remedy for cracked heels. Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Research shows that honey can help heal and cleanse wounds, and moisturize the skin. You can use honey as a foot scrub after a soak, or apply it as a foot mask overnight.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is often recommended for dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. It can help your skin retain moisture. Using coconut oil after a foot soak could be a good option as stated above. Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties may your cracked heels if they’re prone to bleeding or infections.