One of the extremely uncomfortable issues of winters, with all the cold winds and ups and downs of temperature, there are many problems we have to face including dryness of our skin. It impacts on all over the body, but most women are facing the problems with dry cracked heels. An old saying is
A women is judged by her feet and a man by his shoes
Yes, I am talking about cracked heels, though it is not a harmful disease just a seasonal thing when our skin becomes dry. Cracked heels can be treated with some easy steps, anyone can have cracked heels but it is common in women and older people. You don`t wear these fashionable and attractive footwear with these ugly, cracked heels, so you need to pay more attention on your foot to prevent cracked heels. There are many factors that causes of cracked heels but major is dry skin, take a look on the reasons that can play a role in cracked heels.
Causes of Cracked Heels
Lack of attention is also a common cause for cracked heels, we don`t have time to look after our foot. We wander here and there bare footed on the hard floors, walking and standing ,prolonged in our kitchen, don`t look at our shoe type, have no time to think whether these are comfortable or not, what suits you heel or sandals or flat shoes.
Our weight can increase the pressure on our foot pad under the heel as a result, our heel expands to sideways and crack on the heels are appearing. If you are overweight, don`t stand for a long time, so wear a heel pad to avoid expanding.
If you have diabetes or some thyroid conditions which are contributes to break the sweat glands, you have extra dry skin, you have more chances for having cracked heels. Another factor is flat heels that people have by birth.
Dry skin on your feet can make your heels crack, it can become painful if you don`t give appropriate care, feet can become itchy and bleed. There are many causes for dry skin such as Eczema, wearing open shoes, hot water, medicines like antihistamines can lead to extra dry skin.
Dehydration and Deficiency of Minerals
If you do not drink a plenty of water, it Can lead you to dehydration because your skin needs more and more water to stay moisturized, drink 12 glasses of water if it is winter or summer. Keep an eye on your daily food if any, vitamin or mineral is missing, because many multivitamins have the essential hitters for healthy and moist skin. So taking vitamin, zinc, omega 3,6, vitamin B-6, is a good idea.
How Can I treat Cracked Heel
To prevent the problem, act on some tips and you`ll be kicking your dry and miserable cracked heels.
Many oils can make an amazing effect such as coconut oil, sesame oil, and vegetable oil. Clean your feet and let them dry, rub the oils to cracks gently and leave overnight, for effective result wear your socks, the next day you will see the result.
You can combine glycerin with some other ingredients also such as lemon, rose water, honey, and vinegar. Because glycerin is a softening agent and used in many cosmetic products. Just mix glycerin with rose water, apply it daily before go to bed.
First rub your heels with a pumice stone to clean dead skin, then apply Vaseline, rub it gently for 2 minutes put your clean socks and go to bed.
Some things in nature have an exfoliating properties such as rice flour and brown sugar. Make your homemade exfoliate at home, just need 2 tablespoons of rice flour, 1 tablespoon of honey, a few drops of oil,Luke warm water in a pot or basin. Soak your feet in it for 15 minutes every day.
Is an old and excellent way for cracked heels, you need Luke warm water in a bucket, put some salt in it and place your feet in it. This will also reduce any kind of swelling in your feet. Put your feet in it about 20 minutes.
Bananas are best for this purpose, but you can also use avocado. Because these fruits has excellent ability to moisturize the skin, Mash the bananas and apply on cracked heels for 15 minutes, wash off the mixture with Luke warm water.