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My son has a recurring problem with cracked heels. Being a competitive sportsman
in the art of Akido, he trains intensively and regular practices left thick yellow
calluses along the inside of his heels. The skin peels and can sometimes bleed. It
pains me to see the state of his feet.
Dry cracked heels can happen to anyone. It is commonly caused by exposing your feet
to the elements, prolonged standing, regular use of open back footwear, being overweight
and walking barefoot on hard surfaces.
If untreated and with increasing pressure on the heels, the dry rough skin and minor
cracks can become more severe with deeper, bleeding cracks, which are painful and
can become infected.The cracks may be so deep that they start to tear and bleed.
To treat cracked heels and get rid of dry skin on heels with minimal effort, you
need a natural pumice stone and just a little extra attention to your feet while
you are in the shower.
Pumice stones can be bought cheaply at your local drugstore. I go for basic, unadorned
ones. To use, soften the skin of the heels and dip your pumice stone in warm soapy
water. Rub the stone gently against your heel to exfoliate dead skin. Rubbing too
vigorously can break the skin and cause bleeding, cuts and scratches.
Wipe feet dry and then use a rich moisturizer or cream on cracked heels. There are
many reputable formulas such as Kerasal and Scholl, available in stores for treating
cracked heels. If you prefer to use a rich emollient body type moisturizers or cream,
I suggest Shea butter or any other cream containing lanolin. I do not find much improvement
with Vaseline or virgin coconut oil.
My son had excellent results with Shea butter. For best results, apply the cream
of your choice liberally after your shower, cover your feet with thick cotton socks
overnight, and wake up with well-moisturized velvety soft feet the next morning.
Other Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dry Skin on Cracked Heels
1. Apply mashed ripe banana on the heels and leave on for 10 minutes to dry. Rinse
off well with water, this remedy will provide much needed relief from the pain of
2. Alternatively, to relax sore feet, soak your feet in the lemon juice for 10 minutes
once a week. A regular application of a mixture of glycerin and rosewater is also
encouraged to soothe and cure cracked heels.
To prevent cracked heels from recurring, avoid wearing socks made of synthetic materials.
Instead, choose cotton socks as cotton absorb moisture better and allow the skin
on your heels to "breathe". On top of that, try not to have too hot showers as this
can have a drying effect on the skin.
If you have any existing foot conditions such as flat arches, wear an arch support
device that will help to support the foot at all times. And, keep the usage of open
back footwear to the minimum or moisturize the heels if you choose to wear them.
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