Cracked heels, also referred to as heel fissures are a common foot problem, which can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. These are a sign of lack of attention towards one’s body and makes for the worst nightmares for most women battling them. The skin on the feet tends to become drier due to the absence of oil glands, which causes it to crack. While dry skin is the primary cause of cracked heels, it is not the only factor. According to the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, various other factors result in cracked heels, such as:
- Prolonged standing, especially on hard floors
- Wearing shoes or sandals with open backs
- Having calluses
- Obesity, which increases pressure on the heels
- Skin conditions, such as athlete’s foot, psoriasis, or eczema
There are many home remedies and lifestyle tips that help in preventing one’s heels from cracking. Here are some of the easiest home treatments for cracked heels:
Using heel balms or thick moisturizers: The first line of treatment for cracked heels is using a heel balm. These balms contain ingredients to moisturize, soften, and exfoliate dead skin.
Soaking and exfoliation of one’s feet: The skin around cracked heels is often dry and tends to split under pressure. Soaking one’s feet in lukewarm water and applying petroleum jelly to lock them in moisture helps in the treatment of cracked heels.
Gentle usage of pumice stone: Gently rubbing a pumice stone against the heel, once the skin is moisturized, helps in reducing the thickness of the hard skin and calluses. However, it is important to not overuse the pumice stone, as it can worsen the condition. People with diabetes or neuropathy should avoid it and instead visit a dermatologist or podiatrist.
Application of honey on thickened skin: Honey works as the best natural treatment for cracked heels. Its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties help in healing and moisturizing one’s cracked skin.
Using a liquid bandage: It provides a protective layer over the cracks, helps to reduce pain and prevents germs from entering the wounds. Liquid bandage is an especially good option for the treatment of bleeding cracked heels.
Now let’s look into the medical treatments for cracked heels. In severe cases or if medical care is required, a doctor may:
- remove dead skin
- prescribe stronger softening or removal agents
- apply medical glue to seal cracks
- prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection
- strap the heel with dressings or bandages
- recommend shoe inserts, heel pads, or heel cups
- help the patient change how they walk
More often than not, cracked heels can be treated at home with moisturizers and products that soften the affected area. In fact, doctors encourage affordable home remedies to keep one’s feet intact. Some cracks are minor, but more severe cases can lead to bleeding, discomfort, and pain—especially if a bacteria seeps into the fissures. Hence, it’s important to look into the problem before it gets out of hand.
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