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Many people suffer with callouses and cracked heels. As the skin thickens on the heels it is not as supple and the skin can split due to pressure on the feet when standing or walking. If left untreated minor cracks can develop into deep fissures that can bleed and be very painful, luckily this is easily remedied.
What causes dry cracked heels?
There are numerous issues that contribute to dry cracked heels and fissures in the feet. They include lack of moisture in the skin, harsh soaps and detergents, as well as deficiencies in magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, calcium and iron.
Some common issues that contribute to dry cracked heels include:
Prevention and treatment options
Dry cracked heels can be easily prevented and treated at home with simple items you likely have in your pantry or medicine cabinet. Ultimately, the goal is prevention, through regular care.
The easiest way to place socks on your feet after applying lotion is to roll the socks up completely to the toe seam, then place the sock on the top of your toes and slowly re-roll them over your foot.
Hydrate your body– Not drinking enough water and nutritional gaps in your diet can contribute to cracked heels. Make sure your body is well hydrated, that includes drinking pure filtered water and consuming high water foods such as cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, lettuces and greens.
Collagen– The main function of collagen is to sustain cartilage, tendons and skin. Adding collagen to your diet is an easy way to improve skin hydration and elasticity. It is easy to incorporate collagen powders into your diet as there are many powdered forms available online and in health food stores. Consider adding collagen powder to your smoothies, jello, gummies, sauces, etc.
Essential Fatty Acids– EFAs help to protect the skin’s outer layer. Foods that are rich in EFAs include oily fish such as salmon, sardines and freshwater trout, vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower, olive and sesame, nuts and seeds especially high in EFAs include walnuts and flaxseeds as well as vegetables like avocado, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage.
Lipoic acid-Foods high in lipoic acid includes poultry, green leafy vegetables, liver, and tomatoes.
Fiber-Most of us simply isn’t consuming enough fiber. Fiber is important to help regulate your bowels and to help flush toxins from the body such as smoke and environmental pollutants that can contribute to dry skin.
Sea Salt Scrub
Use this simple recipe to create a sea salt scrub to help exfoliate your feet.
Make your own herbal oil or salve
Salves are incredibly versatile & easy to make. You can vary the herbs based on your personal preferences or on what you need the salve for.
At this point, you can keep this as infused herbal body oil or follow the additional steps to create a salve. If keeping as oil, be sure to place in labeled jar. Infused body oil will last approximately one year if stored properly in a cool dark place. You can also add Vitamin E oil as a preservative to extend the shelf life.
From herbal body oil to herbal salve
To convert your body oil to a salve takes minutes. You can customize your salve to a softer or more firm consistency by simply adjusting the beeswax. The basic formula for a salve is 1 ounce of beeswax for each cup of oil.
Remember to label your creations and store in cool place.
In most cases following the prevention and treatment options will yield positive results within the week. If the cracks and dryness are not healing at that time consider adding some nutritional support. If these methods are not yielding positive results within a couple of weeks, you may want to visit a podiatrist.