Friday, February 15, 2013

How to heal cracked heels

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Cracked heels are one of the commonest problems that every one of us must have confronted with in our lives. They not only are a cause of discomfort and pain but also can make us feel uncomfortable. ‘Heel fissures’ is the other name of cracked heels. Cracked heels start with rough thick skin on feet especially on the heels, and can even cause bleeding or lead to infections.

Heel fissures are a result of extreme dry skin. Not only that, it might even happen due to obesity or diabetes or winter season. Harsh soaps, hot baths, too much of scrubbing cause dry skin which leads to cracked heels. Also, recently there has been a rising trend to wear more of flip-flops, which is often linked with the cause of cracked heels.

In case moisturizing the feet or heels and home remedies fail to work, go to a doctor. Ever heard of podiatric treatment? It involves a complete investigation of the cause of heel fissures and a treatment follows. First the dry skin is removed, then rich emollients are applied along with corrective and proper footwear. In some rare cases, medical glue is even used to put the fissures together.
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If you want to go for a foot spa at home by yourself, go for it! Gently scrub off the dry skin. Then take warm water and soak your feet in that for nearly 20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to exfoliate the feet now. Rinse everything well and dry it with a towel. Now apply some oily cream or foot cream.

Every night you can apply cocoa butter or Vaseline or coconut or almond oil on the feet. Then wear cotton socks. When you wake up next morning, you will have softer feet, bet! Also use a pumice stone to exfoliate the heel at least 2 to 3 times in a week. Try to wear shoes which cover your feet properly. This keeps your skin hydrated.

Also it is essential to moisturize your feet properly every day. Do not forget to drink plenty of water each day. Take a diet which is rich in omega 3 fatty acid, zinc and also Vitamin A. You can also pay a visit to a salon for professional pedicure.
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