If you have ever suffered from cracked heels, you will know it is no joke! They are painful, they catch on everything you will bump on your heels daily, and in severe cases, they can be so bad that they bleed.
In this case, it is better to prevent them, before you find yourself in excruciating pain that comes with cracked heels. Here are ways to consider in-order to avoid cracked heels:
Moisturise: Dry skin is the most common cause of cracked heels, and combating it is the simplest way to prevent cracked heels. The skin underneath your feet around the heels takes a lot of strain and is often dry, rough and possibly chapped because it is far less elastic, meaning it can crack rather easily. Be sure to include your feet in your daily moisturising routine, and when you notice the skin starting to crack, lather a particularly nourishing cream on your feet before you get into bed and put on a pair of socks, ensuring the cream gets completely absorbed.
Think about your shoes: If you are worried about your heels cracking or are starting to see the signs of chapped heels, you might want to think twice about wearing sandals or open shoes and shoes with very thin soles. Your feet can slip off balance, cracking them further, and they are more exposed to these elements. Furthermore, make sure your shoes fit correctly if you are serious about avoiding cracked heels.
Exfoliate: Just as they do on your face and body, dead skin cells build up on your feet, and with all the walking and activity your feet are exposed to, the skin eventually compresses and hardens, leading to cracking. Exfoliate your feet at least once a week to avoid this happening.
Keep your nutrient levels up: While dry skin is normal especially in winter, dry and cracked skin can also be a sign of nutrient deficiency. A deficit of fatty acids, vitamins A, D and E, potassium and water can lead to super dry skin, so be sure that your diet is giving you enough of these, or take supplements.
Keep them clean: Your skin is an actual organ, and it gets rid of toxins through your pores. Keeping your feet clean will help prevent skin chapping or getting too dry and prevent infection.
Go for regular pedicures: not just the ones that include getting your nails painted, but the ones that will get rid of dry built up skin and give you an intense moisture boost, so do consider regular pedicure sessions, to have smooth feet.