Cracks on the soles can develop on one, or both feet. This affliction is more common in those who are elderly. People often regard cracked heels as a sign of inadequate foot care and hygiene. At times, heel cracks may also be an indication of certain nutritional deficiencies.For many, the appearance of cracks on the heels is nothing more than an embarrassment or an inconvenience
What Causes Cracked Heels?
There are several different factors that can cause you to develop cracks on your heels. Some of the most common causes of this problem include:
Being obese or severely overweight
Lack of proper hygiene or skincare (around the heel)
Poor circulation to the feet
Putting an immense amount of pressure on the feet
Remedies for Cracked Heels
Fortunately, most cases of cracked heels can be reversed completely, with the help of simple home remedies and lifestyle changes.
The first step in treating cracked heels is getting rid of the excessive dryness in the skin. In order to do this, you need to apply an oil-based cream or moisturizer on your dry cracked heels at least twice a day. For best results, you should
Soak your feet in some warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes, to soften the skin.
Get rid of the dead skin, with the help of a file or a pumice stone
Pat your feet dry gently, before applying the moisturizer
Let the affected feet absorb the moisturizer for about 15 minutes
Wear a pair of thick socks and leave it on for a couple of hours or preferably, overnight
You should notice a significant improvement in the cracks after following this exercise twice a day for a week. However, it is best to continue this routine regularly even after the cracks disappear.
The acidic property in lemons can be very effective in softening rough skin that leads to cracking.
- Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with lemon juice added to it. Avoid using very hot water, which can cause your feet to dry out more.
- Scrub your cracked heels using a pumice stone.
- Wash your feet and pat dry with a towel.