The way you look defines you. It has a way of telling people how well you do or do not take care of your body. This is why it is of utmost importance that you take care of your body.
Areas that people quickly notice in your body are your hands and feet. They have a way of calling people’s attention to you, and the results can either be great or terrible, depending on what people see.
One of the problems women experience with their skin is cracked heels, and many do not know how to resolve this problem. In this article, we will be talking about the causes of cracked heels and the best home remedies to resolve the problem.
Causes of cracked heels
If you are wondering why you have cracked heels, here are some of the major causes:
● Standing excessively for a long time – especially when you have a job that demands it.
● Wearing open back shoes and sandals – this causes skin on your heels to dry off excessively.
● Skin problems like eczema, and athlete’s foot.
While some cracked heels are simple and less complicated, some others are quite severe and can lead to pains in the foot. We will be discussing home remedies for taking care of cracked heels.
Here are some of the simplest ways to heal your cracked heels:
● Increase the amount of water you take: it seems so simple right? Well, it turns out that one of the reasons why your heels are prone to cracking is because your system is not hydrated. In hot climates like ours in Nigeria, you lose about two liters of water daily, and staying hydrated can help improve the outlook of your heels.
● Consistently moisturize: The best way to deal with cracked heels, whether you want to avoid them or heal existing ones, is to keep them moisturized. Make sure to moisturize your skin once a day, if not more often. While several options exist for moisturizing, inconsistency is a major issue for women. The feet should be moisturized twice a day, in the morning and before bed. You’ll lose less fluid and feel better overall if you do this.
● Use a pumice stone to scrub your feet: A pumice stone is ideal for exfoliating the feet. It’s great for keeping dry skin and calluses at bay.
Calluses offer some protection, but they can become harmful if they get too thick and rigid. Remember that your pumice stone should be cleaned occasionally by soaking it in bleach and then rinsing it well. The ridges and divots that make this an effective skin file can accumulate dead skin and provide a breeding ground for germs.
● Avoid scraping your heel
It’s really tempting to pick at your feet when you see the skin on your cracked heels peeling, but this is actually very bad for your feet. You should never remove dead skin by yourself or try to scrape it off. The only person who should be dealing with your foot problems is your doctor, who has access to clean facilities and sterile equipment.
● Wear shoes with closed backs
Using closed-back shoes rather than open-back shoes can prevent cracked heels. This aids in maintaining your feet’s natural moisture balance.
Having cracked heels is not something you have to contend with; it can be fixed as we have highlighted here. So, if at some point, you have been worried that this is something you have to live with, worry less and start using the highlighted tips.