Nobody likes the embarrassment of taking off that awesome pair of shoes or sandals… and revealing horrible looking dry cracked heels. Iellll! What can you do to avoid that awkward situation?
Let us take you on a journey from how to tell if you have cracked heels, what causes them to crack, and what you can do to make your heels stop grossing people out and look real smooth and pretty again. Are you ready? Because here we go.
The 5 Biggest Causes of Dry Cracked Heels
Here are the causes of your heels looking, well, far from optimal:
#1: Feet that are under a lot of pressure
Dry cracked heels can be caused by standing at work or at home for long periods of time or walking for long periods of time. When it comes to standing somewhere for some reason for a long time, be especially mindful of hard floors and areas where it’s very moist: both can crack heels quite easily. In short: don’t walk around or stand around whenever you don’t have to.
#2: Too much aqua can be very punishing for your heels
The human skin produces natural oils to moisturize itself. If you expose it to too much water (running water in particular), then the natural oils will be washed away, the heels dry out, and you can expect to end up with a “nice” pair of cracked heels. That means you need to avoid taking long showers and long baths because, although they may be nice for you, they aren’t very nice for your heels.
#3: Physical causes
Being heavier than average (overweight) puts more pressure on the heels to carry your body around, which leads to reduced flexibility of the skin and that, in turn, can cause your heels to crack.
Another physical cause is age: as the human body ages, its skin loses its flexibility more and more. As a result, it gets easier and easier to crack your heels as you age.
#4: Medical issues
There are numerous medical issues that can lead to dry cracked heels: athlete’s foot, psoriasis, thyroid disease, diabetes, eczema, unhygienic circumstances or conditions, and a deficiency of zinc, minerals, and vitamins. This is why it’s never a bad idea to pay your doctor a visit if dry heels have been bugging you for prolonged periods of time.
#5: Think twice before you put on those shoes
Shoes and sandals with an open back that can breathe allows the fat under the heel to expand sideways, which causes the skin on your heels to lose its flexibility. Reduced flexibility makes it much easier for the heels to crack.
How to Tell if You Have Cracked Heels
Now you know the biggest causes of dry cracked heels you probably want to be absolutely sure that you either have or don’t have them, right? If so, then check out this list of symptoms of cracked heels and see if any of them describe what your heels look or feel like:
- Red or flaky patches of skin on the heels: these are an early warning sign and, when ignored, can make cracked heels harder to heal. To use an analogy here: you need to be there when the fire starts so you can put it out instead of showing up when half the neighborhood has been transformed into heaps of ash.
- Cracked and peeling skin: if you spot this, you need to do something about it and fast because you already have dry cracked heels.
- Skin that itches like crazy: the itchy feeling is caused by the layers of dry skin at the top of your skin shrinking in an abnormal way. At this stage, the layer(s) of dead skin will first have to be removed before you can even begin to heal your heels.
- The heels bleed or discharge nasty stuff: at this point, both the top layers of the skin and the lower layers of the skin are affected and that’s a serious problem. It can cause skin infections and more that you’d rather avoid.
5 Ways to Heal Dry Cracked Heels
Here’s a list of remedies for dry cracked heels:
- Right after washing and drying the feet, apply a foot moisturizer to soften the dry and cracked areas of skin on your heels. It’s best to use a cream based on all natural ingredients like the one we make to heal dry heels because it’s way less aggressive than those based on chemicals. Turn the moisturizing into a daily routine. You can also try our foot care cream, which is based on some of Mother Nature’s most wonderful ingredients.
- Consume foods and drinks with zinc, iron, Omega 3 fats, and calcium in them. As mentioned before, dry cracked heels can be caused by a deficiency of one of these things. Your body will get some important vitamins when you eat green vegetables, whole-grain products, and nuts. Calcium is in milk, yogurt, broccoli, and juices. Iron you can get from eating meat, chicken, eggs, and fish. Meanwhile, zinc can be found in chicken, kidney beans, spaghetti, and brown rice and Omega 3 fats are in cold water fish
- If your work forces you to stand for long periods of time, try sitting down for a couple minutes every 1-2 hours. That’ll give your feet, your dry heels, and YOU a much needed breather.
- These are not really ways to heal dry cracked heels, but they are good ways to prevent them: avoid walking bare feet as much as possible, keep the feet clean, exercise the feet regularly but not too much, be mindful of what kind of shoes you’ll wear today/tonight, avoid taking long showers and baths, and watch out with soaps because they can break down oils including the skin’s naturally produced oils.
- If you’re still having problems after taking all these precautions, the cause might be medical in nature and it would be a good idea to call your doctor and see if anything’s up. Let’s hope not, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
And there you go: you now know 14 things you should know about dry cracked heels!
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