Fissures, commonly referred to as cracked heels, are not only troublesome and painful, they tend to cause a lot of embarrassment. People often regard cracked heels as a sign of inadequate foot care and hygiene. However, there may be several different factors that could affect your feet and lead to the development of fissures or lesions on the heels. At times heel cracks could indicate certain nutritional deficiencies.
For many, the appearance of cracks on the heels is more of an embarrassment or an inconvenience. At times these fissures could cause immense amount of pain. This could make it difficult for standing, walking or to wear certain kinds of footwear. Most men don’t bother about the health of their feet, but it’s an important part of one’s daily hygiene. So keep reading to know the remedies for treating cracked heels.
Follow These Tips For Foot Care:
It is better to take good care of your feet and avoid risks of having cracked heels than push the matter till you endure pain and then cure the fissures. If you are way past the prevention stage and are already enduring pain and wounds, there are lots of home remedies you can follow to treat cracked feet. Once you cure cracked heels, it is time you take precautions to prevent occurrence of fissures. Your heels are hard skin designed to carry your weight.
File or pumice stone.
Soak your feet in some warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes, to soften the skin. With the help of a file or a pumice stone get rid of the dead skin by rubbing on your cracked heel gently. Apply a good foot moisturising cream and leave it for about 20 minutes till the moisturiser is absorbed by the heels.
Wear a pair of socks overnight or through the day to help keep it moist. Do the same once every day for about a week to see noticeable difference.
See The Podiatrist for your cracked heels
With Summer around the corner, cracked heels are a common foot problem that involves very dry skin on the heels of the feet that can, at times, look very much like calluses. If not properly cared for the skin might eventually become dry enough to crack, creating fissures. While cracked heels are uncomfortable and unattractive fissures can be downright unhealthy as they can lead to development of infection, particularly since the feet are in almost constant contact with the ground. This condition can become quite painful, especially when standing or moving around, and if the fissures are deep enough they may even begin to bleed.
While some people have diabetes or very dry skin—both of which make skin prone to flaking and cracking—other cases of cracked heels are caused by external factors. There are several factors that increase the odds of developing this condition: walking barefoot or in flip-flops for extended periods of time, cold and dry winter weather, dehydration/insufficient water intake, routinely taking very hot showers or baths, using harsh soaps, and excessive pressure on the heels of the feet, which causes increased friction between the heel and ground surfaces. It’s important to note that being excessively overweight or obese will increase your chances of developing cracked heels or making the condition worse.
Fortunately, this condition can usually be treated at home with a little bit of time, patience, and care. Giving your feet a little extra TLC is best done right before bed so that they have time to absorb the moisturizing elements as much as possible.
Start by soaking your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes or until the skin has softened, then gently slough the dead, dry skin from your heels with a pumice stone. Take special care around any cracks or fissure. Take your time with this step; you want to remove as much dry skin as possible without causing yourself pain or damaging tissues. Once you have finished both feet gently dry off with a towel and apply a thick moisturizer, and remember, you can use this moisturizer in the morning as well even though you won’t be performing the whole routine. It’s best to buy a very thick, unscented cream with glycerin and/or aloe as a main ingredient. Put on a comfortable pair of socks and go to bed. Be sure to repeat this routing nightly until your condition heals.
If your cracked heels DON’T improve with this treatment however, and you know you are not diabetic or dehydrated, then you will need to make an appointment with The Podiatrist to have the condition treated. Because cracked heels can lead to fissures and infection they need to be addressed as soon as possible. The Podiatrist will like treat the condition the same way you did, but with more potent tools. The Podiatrist will also probably give you very practical types for self-care such as performing regular maintenance on your feet, upgrading your footwear, using heel cups to protect the skin from friction and/or purchasing insoles to cushion your feet as you walk.
While cracked heels should not be considered a medical emergency they should be treated before more serious complications arise.
We have a great range of foot care products which can help keep your feet looking great for the summer.
Running is one of the best ways to tone the lower body and lose weight, but it can happen at the expense of your poor feet. Aside from sore feet, here are four common foot issues runners often experience.
What it is: When sneakers don’t fit well, feet may slide forward with each step. This constant tapping injures the toenail, making it bleed underneath, also known as subungual hematoma. It can cause pain and eventually loss of the nail.
How to prevent it: Ensure that your sneakers fit properly — not too snug and not too loose. There should be about a thumbs-width distance between your big toe and the end of the shoe, without the heels sliding up and down. Keeping your toenails trimmed can also prevent this issue, so there’s an excuse to treat yourself to a visit to The Podiatrist!
What it is: One of the most common causes of heel pain, this frequent issue for newbie runners affects women more than men. The plantar fascia is the flat ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. If it gets stretched too far and tears, it causes inflammation making every footstep, or even just standing, painful.
How to prevent it: Pronation (when feet roll inward), high arches, and flat feet are prone to this condition, so find a pair of sneakers that supports your specific type of foot. Don’t try to save money by wearing shoes longer than recommended, as this can lead to heel pain as well. Running extremely long distances on hard surfaces like pavement can also cause plantar fasciitis, so when training for a big race, up your mileage .
Keep reading to learn how to prevent two other foot issues that plague runners.
What they are: The skin on your feet may be thick and tough, but when exposed to constant friction, moisture, and heat, fluid collects between the top and bottom layers of the skin. The fluid in a blister actually acts as a cushion, but can be very painful if it breaks open, and possibly lead to an infection.
How to prevent it: Make sure your sneakers fit well and although wearing new sneaks almost always means dealing with a blister, it can be prevented by breaking in your sneakers gradually over a few weeks. Walk around in them first, and when you start running with them, keep it to shorter distances. Always wear good quality wicking socks to absorb sweat and prevent getting your feet wet by avoiding puddles. If you notice a blister starting to form, apply a band-aid or piece of tape on the area to prevent further irritation. We also have a fantastic sports cream from Gehwol that prevents blisters from forming. I used it while doing the NYC Marathon last year and did not get 1 single blister.
What it is: When the skin on feet becomes extremely dry, the constant pounding of running can cause it to crack — also known as a heel fissure. If the crack is deep enough, it can bleed and put you at risk for an infection.
How to prevent it: If feet are dry, use a pumice stone in the shower to gently slough off dead skin cells, and then follow up with a thick moisturizer. When not running, avoid wearing shoes that expose your skin (like sandals), as this can dry the skin out even more.
Make a visit to The Podiatrist for expert care for your feet and see our range of foot care products.