Dry cracked feet are common, especially dry cracked heels. This can turn into a painful condition, if not seen to.
Lets have a look at what causes dry cracked heels?
- Standing for long periods of time
- Dry weather during the winter months.
- Obesity. If you are overweight, you will be putting more pressure and strain on your feet
- Poor diet ~ Not getting in enough, vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Also not drinking enough water. Water hydrates a person’s skin.
- The older you are the more risk you have. The skin loses its moisture with age.
- Shoes that are too tight, or that rub the foot in certain areas.
- Washing your feet with hot water. It is always best to use warm water, not hot.
- People with diabetes have a higher risk.
- Plain dry itchy feet and flaky red patches of skin ~ Dry skin on feet is due to loss of moisture
- Calluses ~ These are thicker areas of skin usually found on the toes and at the bottom of the foot.
- Skin infections ~ Due to injury or poor blood circulation
- Immune disorders like psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. These problems often seem worse on the feet, because of sweating and contact with shoes.
- Fungal infections like athletes foot or nail fungus.
- Deformities like bunions and hammertoe may cause extra rubbing against shoes, resulting in dry cracked skin.
What can cause these symptoms asociated with dry cracked feet?
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Use an antibacterial wash to prevent infections.
- Keep your feet moisturized. Moisturize them after you have cleaned them, every day. Best natural moisturizers.
- Look for a cracked heel cream that contains urea and shea butter…also look for a cream that is anti-bacterial.
- Keep away from cracked heels cream containing mineral oil.
- Avoid walking bare foot as much as possible.
- Make a mixture of glycerin and Rosewater and apply to cracked dry heels.
- Let your feet soak in some warm water and Epsom salts.
- Soak your feet in some full cream milk.
- Start taking a Zinc and Omega 3 fatty acid supplement daily.
- Soak your feet in warm water and raw oats. You can also put a cup of oats in your bath water. I usually put the oats in a sock so that I don’t have to clean a mess afterwards.
- Make a natural foot scrub with lemon juice, honey and raw oats. Rub into your feet and leave on for 20 minutes.
- Itchy blisters on feet
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