Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Natural Tips To Cure For Cracked Heels

When the skin on your feet dries out, it can lead to painful cracking and peeling, commonly referred to as heel fissures. The openings in the skin allow easy access for bacteria that can cause infections, making the discomfort worse.

Causes for Cracked Heels

Most Common Causes that Lead to Cracked Heels

(i) Naturally dry skin or thick dry skin (callus) around the heel that is more likely to crack is often due to excessive feet activity.

(ii) Prolonged standing at work or home .Hard floors may also cause cracks in the feet.

m(iii) Being overweight may increase the pressure on the normal fat pad under the heel, causing it to expand sideways and if the skin lacks flexibility the pressure on the feet lead to cracked heels.

(iv)  Back-open sandals or shoes allow the fat under the heel to expand sideways and increases the possibility of cracks on the heels.

(v) Disease and Disorders-Athlete’s foot, Psoriasis, Eczema, Thyroid disease, Diabetes and some other skin conditions may also cause cracked heels.

(vi) Continuous exposure to water- Water, especially running water, can rob the skin of its natural oils and this can leave the skin dry and rough. Standing for prolonged periods in a damp area such as a bathroom can cause dry and cracked heels.

(vii) Age - Thick dry scaly skin lose elasticity with age and thus cracks have higher incidence with age.

(viii) Ill fitting shoes, standing for a long time or change in walking posture.

(ix) Unhygienic circumstances or conditions

(x) Unhealthy, dry scaly skin due to climate or diseases

(xi)  Deficiency of vitamins, minerals and zinc

Symptoms of Cracked Heels

It could take several days or even weeks for cracks on the heels to develop completely. In fact, by recognizing the early signs of fissures on the heels you may be able to prevent or at least control them to some extent. You will know that you are about to develop heel cracks if you notice symptoms like:

(i) Dryness & Itching:

The appearance of flaky and peeling skin is one of the first signs of cracks on the heels. Excessive dryness causes the skin to turn white and then perhaps red in color. The dryness and flakiness may be worse in certain parts of your heel. You may also experience severe itching around the rim of your heel.

(ii) Development of Vertical Lesions:

In case the skin continues to remain dry, you may notice the appearance small cracks around the edge of the heel.

(iii) Pain and Tenderness:

While walking, the pressure you place on your feet can cause the lesions to split further, because of which your heels may feel sore, tender and painful.

(iv) Hardening of the Skin:

As your skin continues to lose moisture, the skin tends to become tough and hard, especially around the edges of the fissures. This causes a delay in the healing process as the skin does not easily “knit” together.

Do consult your doctor in case you experience any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above. As the cracks on the heels continue to develop, you may also notice bleeding, white discharge or signs of an infection.

However here we have some natural tips to cure the mild symptoms of cracked heels.

Natural Tips To Cure For Cracked Heels

1 . Warm Water

Before going to bed, take half a bucket of warm water and add some liquid soap in it. Now soak your feet in this warm soapy water for about twenty minutes. The dead skin cells will become loose which you can now get rid of by scrubbing the area with a pumice stone. Try to do it gently or else the skin will get irritated. Finally rinse off your feet with clean water, pat dry them with a soft towel and finally apply some foot cream or moisturizer. Wear a pair of clean cotton socks and in the morning you will find your feet in a better condition. Follow this remedy daily until the cracked feet are healed completely.

 2 . Coconut Oil

Melt paraffin wax and mix it with a little coconut oil. Fill this mixture into your cracked heels while going to bed. Wash it off in the morning.

3 . Rosewater and Glycerin

The combination of glycerin and rose water makes an effective home treatment for cracked heels. Glycerin softens the skin, which is why it is widely used in cosmetics. Rose water adds vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E as well as antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Just mix equal amounts of glycerin and rose water thoroughly and rub it on your heels and feet daily before going to bed at night.

4 . Banana

Take one or two overripe bananas and blend them in a blender to form a thick and creamy paste. Wash your feet properly and then apply this smooth banana paste on it. Allow it to sit for about fifteen minutes and then wash your feet thoroughly with lukewarm water and cold water alternatively. Soon you will have smooth and silky feet. You can follow this simple cracked feet home remedy on a daily basis to prevent and treat dry and cracked heels. Instead of banana, ripe papaya can also be used to treat cracked feet.

5 . Pumice stone

This is a must-have for removing the thicker layers of built up dry skin that sometimes accumulates on hard working feet. A pumice stone is simply natural volcanic rock that works away at smoothing calluses and hard, dry skin. Only do this when your feet are wet! If you’re attacking a particularly difficult build up of skin on your feet, a daily habit of using a pumice stone when you shower will drastically help to smooth down your soles. Otherwise, you may only wish to use it once a week or when you feel a particular need to. If you have severely cracked feet that are bleeding, this step may be quite painful and you may need to consult a podiatrist. You can come back to this step after allowing the cracks to heal for a couple weeks if you’re using the below natural moisturizer recipe.

6 . Milk and honey

Milk and honey can be very effective for obtaining softer, smoother feet without harsh exfoliation. Pour one cup of honey per each two cups of milk into a basin large enough to hold both feet. Soak for 15 minutes, lightly massaging the mixture into skin. You can also use the milk/honey combo to soak elbows or hands, or pat gently onto the face and massage in. Rinse with lukewarm water.

7 . Lemon

Lemon juice has a very mild natural acidic property and thus it can be used to get rid of dead and dry skin cells from around your feet. Add some lemon juice to warm water and soak your feet in this solution for a few minutes and then gently scrub the feet with the help of a soft foot brush. After that wash and dry your feet completely and apply some moisturizer on your feet thoroughly. Another option is to make a mixture of lemon juice and papaya and apply it on the cracked heels, allow it to sit for fifteen minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy for cracked heels once in a week to get positive results.

8 . Wax & Mustard Oil Treatment

If you have tried everything else and yet not able to cure cracked heels, you need to give the wax treatment for cracked heels. You need paraffin wax for this. To make this more simpler, you can even use the wax melted from a regular candle lying in your home! For this, make pieces of a candle after removing its wick (thread). Now take some mustard oil. Heat the wax and the mustard oil to make a paste like formation. After soaking your feet in warm water and scrubbing the dry skin off, apply this wax-mustard oil paste on your heel cracks. If you have deep cracks, fill this wax paste into those fissures. Then wear a pair of socks. It will be more effective if you do this cracked heels treatment before going to bed. Do it for about a week and you will be astonished at your smooth feet without cracked heels! Save the wax-mustard oil paste in a bottle. Next time when you need it, you just have to heat it a little or keep it out in sun for sometime and its ready to heal cracked heels.

9 . Healing oils and moisturizers

One of the most effective remedies for getting rid of foot cracks and dry heels is using foot socks in combination with healing oils and moisturizers. Before going to sleep, liberally apply one or more oils
such as almond, grapeseed oil and/or olive oil to the heels and feet, put on a pair of thick cotton socks and then leave on all night. Other good oils and moisturizers include: lanolin, cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil.

10 . Rose Water

Glycerin and rose water is another way to treat cracked heels at home.Take glycerin and rose water in equal amount and mix it properly.Rub the mixture on your feet until the skin has absorbed it properly. Repeat this remedy for several weeks until your heels become silky soft.

11 . Calcium

Milk, cheese, yogurt, goat’s milk, fortified soya milk, mineral water, ice cream, tinned fish, juices, cereals and broccoli are excellent sources of calcium. Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are also considered as one of the best sources of calcium.

12 . Clean your Feet Regularly

We need to clean our feet on daily basis. Take a tub put some warm water and salt in it and then put your feet in this mixture for at least 10 to 15 minutes. This will clean all the dirt from your feet, afterward clean your feet and apply a moisturizing foot cream on your feet to attain soft heels.

13 . Fruit Pack

If you notice moderate cracked feet symptoms in your feet, then you can get rid of the cracked feet by taking half a coconut, two ripe bananas and half an avocado and mixing them tighter to make a smooth paste. You can apply this on the cracked heels and feet. The natural oils, minerals and vitamins present in coconut and avocado will help in reducing the cracked feet. Regular use will help in totally eliminating cracked feet.

Foods to Prevent Cracked Heels

Here is list of essential foods that one can include in a regular meal and help curb deficiencies that may cause cracked heels:

Vitamins (Vitamin E) rich foods include:

Vegetable oils, green vegetables,a vocado, papaya cereals, wheat germ, whole-grain products and nuts.

Minerals (Calcium and Iron) rich foods include :

1 . Calcium: 

Milk, cheese, yogurt, goat’s milk, fortified soya milk, mineral water, ice cream, tinned fish, juices, cereals and broccoli are excellent sources of calcium. Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are also considered as one of the best sources of calcium.

2 . Iron:

Meat, chicken and fish are good sources of iron. Iron is also available in cereals, eggs, vegetables and beans; however it is not as easily absorbed into the body as the iron from meat, chicken and fish.

3 . Zinc Rich Foods Include:

Oysters, chicken, crab, kidney beans, yogurt, brown rice, spaghetti.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are Largely Found In:

  Purslane herb, cold water fish, and flaxseed oil or flax seeds.