Closed shoes and beach sand can cause hard, cracked heels – find out the best ways to fix it
Hard, cracked heels are among the most common skin problems. High temperatures, sweat and other external factors cause redness, inflammation and peeling of the skin of the feet, causing pain and also damaging the image. Do you also find yourself having to fight this annoying problem? Let's find out what could be the causes and what are the most effective remedies.
Hard and cracked heels: the causes
Often it is not a single factor that causes peeling of the heels, but a real set of reasons. The problem can originate from bad habits, an unhealthy lifestyle and, in the most serious cases, even from real diseases. Here are the main causes of the problem:
Poor hydration: foot dryness is the main cause of cracking and flaking. Failure to use moisturizing and nourishing creams, as well as prolonged contact with irritants can excessively dry out the skin of the foot.
- Walking barefoot: contact with the ground, and therefore with dust and dirt, can irritate the sole of the foot and predispose the subject to dry skin.
- Use aggressive cosmetic products: it can favor the formation of cuts on the tip of the heel.
- Wearing shoes without socks: causes rubbing and sweating, also forming corns, calluses and local infections.
- Practicing some types of sports such as martial arts, dance or swimming: it can lead the foot to have continuous friction with the ground or with agents and irritating products.
- Some foot anomalies, such as having a flat foot or abnormalities in the alignment of the metatarsal bones can promote cracking on the heel
- Obesity and pregnancy: forced to bear abnormal and exaggerated loads of work, the foot cracks and cracks easily because it hits heavily against the shoe
- Skin diseases (psoriasis) or metabolic diseases (diabetes) make people more exposed to skin lesions of various kinds.
Hard and cracked heels: the remedies
If heel discomfort is not linked to particular clinical pathologies, they can be easily resolved with natural remedies and without the help of a doctor. Here are some particularly efficient home methods:
- Vegetable oils are excellent allies to heal chapped feet. Choose olive, sesame or coconut oil and use it for a couple of days just before going to bed, so that it has enough time to fully penetrate the skin. The ointment should be applied to the heels and soles of shoes after washing the feet and drying them properly. Your heels will be softer as early as the next morning.
- Rice flour prevents cracking and dryness of the skin by removing dead skin. Prepare a paste with rice flour, teaspoons of honey or vinegar, and massage on your feet after washing them. The method must be repeated at least twice a week.
- Lemon can also greatly soften rough skin that causes heel cracks. Every evening try to immerse your feet in a basin of warm water with the addition of lemon for 10 – 15 minutes. Then massage with pumice stone and dry.
- Glycerin and rose water are a winning mix against flaking: the first softens the skin, the second brings anti-inflammatory benefits thanks to its anti-oxidant vitamins A, B3, C, D and E. Just mix equal amounts of glycerin and rose water and rub the mixture on your heels and feet every day, before going to bed at night.
- Ripe bananas, thanks to their moisturizing properties, are one of the cheapest home remedies to heal cracked and dry heels. Peel a couple of them and prepare a mash to apply on clean feet. Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes so that the skin can absorb the natural nutrients found in bananas. Rinse gently with lukewarm water and then immerse in cold water for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Honey also has known antibacterial properties. Mix one cup each day in a tub of hot water and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse gently, and within a few weeks you will have solved all your problems.
- Finally, rely on shea butter. Take a teaspoon and heat it lightly between the palms of your hands or in a water bath to apply it on your heels without effort. Wear cotton socks to protect your feet at night and in the morning rinse the pack with warm water and mild soap.