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How do you treat cracked heels?

Cracks in the skin around the heel is often both embarrassing and painful. This condition is caused by the thick or dry skin, on and around the periphery of the heels. The skin on the feet is often more dry and dehydrated in comparison to the skin elsewhere on the rest of the body probably because there are no oil glands in the thicker epidermis on the bottom of the feet. Because of this, the skin around the heels can lose flexibility and resilience due to that loss of moisture. As a result of the stresses of walking, that dried-out skin can begin to crack and it can cause ugly, painful cracked heels  that could sometimes bleed. There are a number of causes which raise the chance for this including higher loads, increased weight, unsuitable footwear (particularly shoes that are open at the back), genetics, unhygienic conditions and poor footcare, and dietary deficiencies.

To prevent cracked heels, always try to use well fitted enclosed footwear that allow the feet to breathe and steer clear of shoes that are open at the back. It is very important to remain well hydrated by consuming no less than two litres of water per day because that will help. Exfoliate your skin regularly and moisturise daily with a good ointment. When it is more serious, this probably should be done twice a day in the beginning. There are a few suggestions that omega-3 and zinc dietary supplements may help (but they do need to be used with all the other treatment options and not on there own). It will also help to stay away from excessive exposure of the feet to water or moist conditions. It is necessary that you clean your feet with warm water as opposed to hot water. If these types of approaches do not help, then visit a experienced podiatrist. They will get rid of the thicker hard skin and provide additional suggestions about how to self treat.