In the summer, when we wear sandals, the health of our feet is visible to everyone.
It is worth not only to attend a pedicure procedure to get well-groomed and beautiful toenails, but also to take care of the well-being of heels, which withstand the pressure of footwear and walking daily.
It is a common problem
Rough and cracked heels are a very common foot problem because the heels can withstand the pressure of footwear and walking on their own.
We feel the pressure in the heels, especially when we wear high-heeled shoes daily. Age can also be to blame – the skin becomes thinner and less elastic.
Because of the lack of moisture, the skin becomes dry and cracks and peel, which can pose a risk of wounds and infection, unless we treat the cracking process at the outset.
Clean and moisturized feet
By regularly paying attention to whether the skin of the feet is sufficiently moist and clean, it is possible to avoid the problem of cracked heels.
For foot care, use non-foaming, moisturizing milk, lotion or cream, which will help keep the skin of the feet moist even after taking a shower and bath.
In the fight against rough and cracked heels, you can use products that contain petrolatum, glycerin, shea butter, vitamin E or jojoba oil – these products effectively moisturize the skin and are especially suitable for dry skin care.
We also recommend using a product found in almost every house – honey. Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, in addition, it perfectly cleanses and heals wounds.
You can pamper your feet with a honey mask, mixing honey with a drop of almond oil and then rubbing the mass on the heels.
Get rid of dead skin
To prevent the formation of cracks in the heels, it is necessary to get rid of dead skin. Dermatologists recommend the use of moisturizing emulsion for dry skin, which contains urea, as well as salicylic acid.
Using these two products regularly reduces the risk of cracking. You can also use the foot file after a shower or bath to remove dead skin.
It is important to keep in mind that the foot seam must be safe – to remove old, dead skin and replace it with intact, healthy skin. Using a seam that is too sharp can cause cuts and scratches, creating a risk of infection.
You can use the foot seam once or twice a week, moving in one direction only, instead of moving the seam forward and then backwards, which only splits the skin even more.
Remember that tools used to care for your feet should not be used by other family members. Also, remember to clean the seam thoroughly and replace it every two to three months.
Treat the deepest cracks
When the cracks become so deep that they even started sharpening, the pain can be unimaginable.
An effective way to heal and keep wounds clean is to bandage them with wet bandages. In addition, the use of wet dressings also reduces pain.
Wear socks made of natural material
When wearing sneakers or boots, choose socks made from natural materials, such as cotton or wool, instead of socks made from synthetic materials.
The humid and dark environment that prevails in our shoes can also cause other foot problems, such as fungal infections, which are often visually similar to dry skin.
The natural materials – cotton and wool – are absorbent, so it will absorb all the excess moisture into the sock. After wearing such socks, there is also a slight foot odor.
In the fight against cracked heels, we recommend using vaseline, applying it to the heels just before going to bed and then putting on white cotton socks, so that the foot is moisturized all night long.