It’s the worst when the weather gets warmer and you go to put on your summer shoes, only to find your heels are dry and horrible. And it doesn’t just happen to older people. It can happen to anyone.
What Causes Dry, Cracked Heels?
Dry skin usually causes cracked heels. When weight and pressure are applied to the fat pad under the heel, the skin expands sideways. If the skin is lacking in moisture, it becomes stiff, less elastic, and prone to cracking. Dehydration can be a big factor in making your skin prone to being dry.
Drinking plenty of water each day to keep your body properly hydrated is extremely important, and regularly moisturise your feet too, daily, if you can. It is sometimes easier said than done in the cooler months. Heel cracks can be made worse by the cold winter weather and an unhealthy diet (your skin needs lots of vitamins and nutrients in order to stay healthy), wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or soaking in a hot bath for too long can contribute to cracked heels.
Having diabetes can also add to the problem, and so can your age as skin loses its ability to stretch with age. Heel cracks are more common as you get older.
Other causes include:
+ Standing for long periods of time, particularly on hard flooring
+ Open-back shoes
+ Poorly fitting shoes
+ Friction from the back of shoes
+ A poor way of walking
+ Dry, cold weather
So how can we avoid this happening to our heels in the future?
+ Avoid hot water/showers, use warm water instead and limit time in a bath or shower to 5-10 minutes to avoid more moisture loss
+ Use a fragrance-free, mild cleanser
+ Gently blot skin with a towel to dry and immediately afterwards, apply a moisturizer
+ Avoiding harsh soaps or scented skin care products
+ While it is important to keep cracked heels clean, dry, and free from infection, harsh soaps can dry out the skin further. Using a mild cleanser helps keep more moisture in the skin of the heel.
There are also emollient products that can be used in the bath and shower instead of soap.
Seek the advice of a doctor if your cracked heels are associated with a medical condition.
If the cracks are severe, it is important to get the advice of a specialist (eg a podiatrist) to prevent the wounds becoming infected.
Cracked Heel Home Remedies
There are many different home remedies that you could try to fix your dry heel problem like soaking your feet in warm water and lemon juice or vinegar - the acidic property in lemons or the vinegar can be very effective in softening rough skin that leads to cracking.
There are two further methods you can use to treat cracked heels. Removal of the hard skin surrounding the cracks, or re-hydration of the skin, or a combination of both techniques.
If you are after a fast and effective solution to your dry and cracked heels you can try NS-8 Heel Balm and feel the difference in just 1 day. NS-8 Heel Balm Complex is a non-greasy, intensive cream formulation which absorbs quickly, and spreads easily to provide fast relief for very dry, rough, cracked, or thickened heels and feet.NS-8 contains natural extracts, vitamins, moisturisers and exfoliants that work in synergy to remove thickened skin and raise moisture levels to give you soft, smooth heels.
FEEL THE DIFFERENCE IN 1 DAY Fast Relief from painful cracked heels -Fast Acting - soft, smooth heels within days - No Slipping in Shoes - fast absorbing - No Sliding on Floors - non-greasy - No need for Foot Files - as the ingredients do all the work and natural exfoliants remove thickened skin RECOMMENDED BY PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES EDUCATORS - Restores very dry, rough, cracked heels and feet - Exfoliates thickened or calloused heels and feet - Smooths rough skin on elbows, arms, knees and legs - Diabetic dry skin on feet
Massage a small amount into heels and feet at least twice a day until restored. Then use twice a week to maintain condition. The formulation is concentrated so a little amount goes a long way.
Within days you will have banished those cracked heels and keep them at bay for the future!
HYDRATES, SOFTENS, SMOOTHES AND EXFOLIATES Very Dry, Rough, Cracked or Thickened Heels and Feet.
Below are examples of before and after photos of heels that have been treated with NS-8 Heel Balm.
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