How to Care your Precious Feet

Having fabulous feet is just important not only because of looking beautiful but also cracked heels are painful. You keep on trying new ways to hide your feet, and the more you hide them, the more uncomfortable you feel. And dry feet can worsen every time you walk or run. The first sign of getting cracked heel is the development of dry, hard, thickened skin around the rim of the level. This is called callus and may be yellow or dark brown discolored area of skin.

Whereas Heel fissures differ from cracked heels it can’t be a simple cosmetic problem and a nuisance, but can also lead to serious medical problems. Heel fissures occur when the skin on the bottom, the outer edge of the heel becomes hard, dry and flaky, sometimes causing deep fissures that can be painful or bleed.

A wide range of different causes

 “The skin on our feet is naturally dry, unlike the skin on the rest of the body. The skin on our feet has no oil glands, so it relies on hundreds of thousands of sweat glands to keep our feet moisturized.” By Dr.James Milidantri. This can be problematic for people who do not properly moisturize their feet on a regular basis, or who have a medical condition—such as diabetes or athlete’s foot—that causes dry feet. Anyone can have dry feet, but the condition is more common among seniors and diabetics. Also, deficiency of vitamins, minerals, and zinc in your diet, Spending a long time standing at work or home can stress the skin on your heels. Aging skin, disorder, obesity Exposing footwear, Poor fitting shoes, Genetics are the most common causes of cracked heels

Dry feet can range in severity from mild, temporary dry skin to severe dry skin that causes additional problems. Skin can become dry for a number of reasons, but there are ways to prevent it.

If you have Heel fissures:

Heel fissures can affect anyone, but risk factors include: living in a dry climate, obesity, consistently walking barefoot or wearing sandals or open-backed shoes, and inactive sweat glands. Like many foot conditions, heel fissures can become more dangerous if they go untreated and become deep or infected. This is especially dangerous for people with diabetes or compromised immune systems.

Consult a doctor if you have fissures.

Many people believe they should see a dermatologist for their dry feet, but podiatrists are better qualified to address this problem.

Dermatologists are skin doctors and podiatrists are foot doctors, but podiatrists are trained in dermatology to help patients with skin conditions (dry skin, athlete’s foot, warts on feet, etc.) on their feet.

On the other hand, if you already see a dermatologist or feel more comfortable seeking advice from one, then you should do what makes you feel best.

If you have Callus:

Honestly, there is nothing better than a pedicure. There is something about soaking your feet in warm water, not all pedicures are created equally. Although many will turn your toenails glittery red and make your feet look pretty, they often do nothing to combat long-term foot dryness. If you’re looking for a pedicure to help heal your crusty heels, ask if the pedicurist uses a cheese grater. The absolute best way to ensure that you will leave your pedicure with less callus than you arrived with is to have a trained professional grate your feet like you would Parmesan. A professional shredding of your feet every four weeks will leave your heels and footpads super smooth, shifting the dry foot situation from all-out meltdown to solution maintenance.

If you cure it at home, then the best form of treatment for the cracked heel is to prevent cracks from occurring in the first place. This can be achieved by a foot soak:

  1. Keep your feet in lukewarm, soapy water for up to 20 minutes.
  2. Use foot scrubber, or pumice stone to remove any hard, thick skin. Gently rubbing a pumice stone against the heel, once the skin is moisturized, may help reduce the thickness of the hard skin and calluses. Gently pat your feet dry. Razors and scissors should be avoided for scraping back and cutting the skin. People with diabetes or neuropathy should not use pumice stones and should instead visit a dermatologist or podiatrist.
  3. Apply a heel balm or thick moisturizer to the affected area.
  4. Apply petroleum jelly over your feet to lock in moisture. Put on socks to avoid spreading any grease around.
  5. Liquid, gel, or spray bandages can be used to cover the cracked skin. These may provide a protective layer over the cracks; help reduces pain, stop dirt and germs entering the wounds, and aid faster healing.

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Note:

  • Avoid scrubbing your feet when they’re dry. This increases your risk of damaged skin.
  • If you want a scented foot bath, pamper and treat your cracked heels with two drops of lemon or lavender oil for an aromatic soak.

Want to prevent callus:

  • Talk to your doctor about over-the-counter lotions, creams, and moisturizers to help you manage the dryness.
  • Do not rub or scratch the affected area. Instead, try applying cold compresses or ice packs to the itchy area for a few minutes at a time.
  • Do not wash too often. Avoid bubble baths, fragrant soaps, and other products that may dry your skin. Pat your skin dry when you are finished instead of rubbing the towel over your body. Use lukewarm water instead of hot water. The heat from the water can contribute to your dry feet.
  • Avoid saunas and steam baths if possible.
  • Moisturize after each shower or every time your feet come into contact with water.
  • Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Avoid excessive sweating.
  • Avoid blasting the heater in your home, or use a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air. Heating units are notorious for drying out the air in a home or office.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can cause the itchy feeling to worsen.

Pamper your tootsies every week with this simple treatment, to encourage cell turnover cycle and decrease dullness and lines in the skin. With a tub of warm water and olive oil, you can get rid of cracked heels and keep people guessing your secret skin treatment.