The last thing that you want is to have unsightly dry skin on the bottom of your feet. Excessively dry, hard and thickened skin can actually crack. Heel cracks, also called heel fissures, not only look unappealing but can also be painful as the cracks deepen.
Dry air, aging, being barefoot for long periods, using harsh soaps or an improper diet can lead to dry, cracked skin. But some medical conditions can also cause this problem such as diabetes, eczema, corns, a thyroid problem and improper blood circulation.
For good foot health - and appearance - Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute suggests that you get rid of excess dry skin and keep your heels soft and supple with these tips:
Clean and moisturize. Soak your feet every morning in warm water with a mild soap for 10 minutes. Scrub gently with a pumice stone. After drying, massage in some coconut oil, olive oil or foot cream and then protect your feet with cotton socks for about 1/2 hour to help retain moisture.
Exfoliate with lemon juice and brown sugar. Mix together 2 TBS brown sugar, 2 TBS lemon juice, 1 TBS almond oil, 1 TBS glycerin and 2 tsp rosewater. At bedtime, was your feet and then soak them in warm water for 15-20 minutes. Pat dry and then apply the brown sugar pack. Rub it in gently for about half an hour then rinse, pat dry and cover with cotton socks for the night. Try this soothing rub every other day. Vitamin-rich rosewater is a good antioxidant and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, while glycerin helps soften the skin.
Moisturize with ripe banana and avocado. Wash your feet in warm water and exfoliate with a pumice stone. Mix ripe banana and avocado in equal quantities and stir in a teaspoon of honey. Apply over your heels and let rest for 30 minutes. Rinse, pat dry and wear cotton socks for at least half an hour.
You Can Prevent Unsightly Cracked Heels
After you've smoothed away your heel cracks, keep your feet looking beautiful with regular care. Always keep feet clean and dry and use moisturizer every day. Repeat the scrub and exfoliate procedure regularly. Wear good quality socks and well-fitting, supportive sandals and shoes.
Avoid exposing your feet to extreme cold or heat and don't walk barefoot on the beach. An early morning walk on lush, green grass can help rejuvenate your feet naturally.
Let Us Help with Foot Skin Conditions
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has the right experience in diagnosing and treating all types of foot skin conditions and problems including heel cracks or fissures. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website.