Cracked heels, also referred to as heel fissures, are a common foot condition, which can cause discomfort or even pain. They result from dry skin and are accompanied by thickened skin.Having dry skin is bad enough, but when you also have cracked heels,you will feel so uncomfortable.In some cases, cracks in the heels can become very deep and cause pain.
Prevent cracked heels with the following ways
- Up your water intake
- Stay moisturized
- Use a foot soak weekly.
Home treatments for cracked heels
1. Using an emollient or humectant moisturizer
Emollients penetrate the skin and reduce water loss. They fill the gaps between skin flakes, which makes the skin feel smooth, soft, and flexible. They help to reduce water loss in the skin.
2. Wearing 100 percent cotton socks to bed
Wearing 100 percent cotton socks to bed after applying petroleum jelly to the heel may help to:
- keep the moisture in
- allow the heel skin to breathe
- prevent the bed sheets from becoming stained
The skin on the heels should soften after this routine is repeated for a few days.
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3. Gently rubbing thickened skin with a pumice stone
Gently rubbing a pumice stone against the heel, once the skin is moisturized, may help reduce the thickness of the hard skin and calluses.