It is easy to forget to pay special attention to the heels of your feet when moisturizing. If there is an insufficient amount of moisture in the heels of your feet, they can crack easily. You may be prone to cracked feet if you are often dehydrated, take very hot showers, or excessively scrub your feet. Fortunately, there is a home remedy you can try if you are experiencing problems with cracked heels. This remedy involves banana and coconut oil — both of these ingredients are known for their great moisturizing properties. In order to create the mixture, mix one ripe banana with a quarter cup of coconut oil and apply it all over the feet. Let the mixture rest for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. This is a natural method that can be used to heal cracked heels. If you have any questions regarding cracked heels or are looking for advice on how to care for cracked heels, a consultation with a podiatrist is advised.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Cracked Heels Problems
Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you to walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.
How do you get a cracked heel?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role in cracked heels as well.
Home remedy for cracked heels
Over-the-counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or those who suffer from chronic dry feet. Here is how to prevent cracked heels:
Wear Socks: Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.
Moisturizers: Applying moisturizers both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones: These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin.
Change in Diet: Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.
Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.