Healing your cracked heels

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Cracked heelsYour feet are one of the most hard-working parts of your body. Perhaps you stick them in heels all day and pound them on pavements for your evening run. Or you stand on them all day for work, giving them no rest. If you have excessively dry skin or suffer from a medical condition such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or diabetes, these issues, plus simple neglect of your feet can lead to dry, cracked heels.

So whether you’ve had your feet wrapped up in woolly socks all winter, or you’ve been outdoors for hours in the summer sun, you are susceptible to this horrid affliction. Here’s how to fix it, once and for all…

No more cracks
Before you can start to take care of your feet, you need to get rid of the thick, cracked skin around the rim of your heels. Most normal moisturisers won’t be able to penetrate this hard, dry skin so greater action must be taken. Medi-Heel offers a retail pack for R300 which includes callus remover tonic, neutraliser, a pumice stone, a scraper and a dropper. This chemical peel will soften the hard skin, making it easier to remove. Once you’ve managed to get rid of the offending matter, use a moisturising cream to soothe and repair the skin and keep it soft. Try Sh’Zen Overnight Balm for Feet, R169. The Medi-Heel treatment is also used at many beauty salons if you’d rather someone did it for you.

Daily care
Avoid overly hot baths or showers – if you have dry skin, this will just make it worse. Find a moisturising soap or shower gel, and avoid products that will dry out your skin. During the winter months, apply moisturiser to your feet every morning and evening. In summer, avoid moisturising your feet in the mornings – the heat of the day will cause your feet to become sweaty, and moisturiser will make them slippery which may be hazardous if you’re wearing heels! A great moisturiser to try is Avon Foot Works Double Action Intensive Callus Cream.

Home remedies
Soak your feet in lemon juice for about 10-15 minutes. The acidity will dissolve dead skin, making it easier for you to scrub it off with a loofah. Avoid this remedy if you have any deep cuts.
Just before bedtime, lather your heels in Vaseline and pull on some woollen socks. In the morning, your skin will feel softer. If you do this for a few days, you’ll see a marked difference.

If all else fails, consult a doctor
If the problem is very bad and you are suffering from a medical condition like the ones mentioned above, it’s often a good idea to get advice from your doctor first. A podiatrist is your best bet.

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Emily Pettit-Coetzee is a freelance writer and a blogger of lovely things. She spends her days writing about everything from corporate finance to teen fashion and has a weakness for vintage fashion and red lipstick.

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  1. AndreaM

    I need to try these my feet are horrible. I’m always barefoot & wearing sandals.

    6 years ago •

  1. Caythe

    I’m surely gonna need the contents of this article this comming summer… It’s going to come in handy for me.

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    There are these gel socks which work wonders!

    6 years ago •

  1. Heidi G

    6 weeks to spring, so we need to start concentrating on our feet again. Thank you for the tips!

    6 years ago •

  1. lainey

    I need to try these, this winter has really damaged my heels :( Despite the amount of lotion it never seems to stay moisturized. Definitely going to try Vaseline.

    6 years ago •

  1. Peach

    Vaseline – still the best remedy!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Vaseline and woollen socks still works!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    Vaseline works wonders for me too and the price is right as well. It is not always possible to buy the more expensive products on the market.

    6 years ago •

  1. Aqeela

    Buy a small bottle of bio oil and mix it with your body lotion and apply on cracked heels, knees and elbows. It works like a bomb!

    6 years ago •

  1. Gross

    Winter is a kind time to my feet. I wear open shoes mainly in summer and they take a beating. I am currently using a product called Pedi-Ease recommended by my beautician and used by diabetics for their cracked heels.

    6 years ago •

  1. McPherson

    I am already pampering my feet for the upcoming summer time. I find that the Vaseline works very well.

    6 years ago •

  1. Budhal

    Vaseline doesbit for me and its very economical too!

    6 years ago •

  1. Butterfly6.2

    I have tried the pumice stone, applying Vaseline, wearing socks and even the foot file but my heels stay cracked and I end up peeling the skin off which leaves it looking ugly and feeling pokey…

    6 years ago •

  1. Miss Tee

    i have creaked heals and i find the pumice stone works best, use it everyday when you are in the shower then wash wipe and add lots of moisturizer put on socks and you will start seeing results

    6 years ago •

  1. miss T

    Always massage vasaline on ur heals and wear socks. Makes ur feet soft n smooth without cracks

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I wash my feet, moisturize them using Vaseline, and wear socks.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tundee

    I’ll try the vasiline method so my feet may remain soft and free of cracks. Thanks, nice article.

    6 years ago •

  1. Abby

    I’ve been neglecting my feet terribly lately! I will definitely be trying these tips.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    Definitely will try these tips since my mother said her feet looks better than mine :/

    6 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Great tips, dry heels always sneak up in winter mostly

    6 years ago •

  1. Miss Sibisi

    I usually take hot baths and showers, especially during winter, I will definitley use these tips! Thank you for the article

    6 years ago •

  1. DebbieT

    I definitely need to pay more attention to my feet! Great tips!

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Definately going to try Sh’Zens cream…I had a Regim A Foot peel and it did wonders for my cracked heels.

    6 years ago •

  1. Zellikinz

    I showed this article to my mom hehe. It’s very helpful.thanks x

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    The tip about the Vaseline is very good! I always struggle with dry heels, especially in summer when I’m wearing sandals rather than socks. Will definitely follow these tips.

    6 years ago •

  1. Yollie

    Sh’Zen’s overnight balm works like a dream, no more cracked heels!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Daily care is definitely the answer. I just give my heels a quick scrub with a pumice stone in the shower for a minute every day, followed by a bit of Bio Oil and foot butter from Clicks. I’ve never had to worry about my feet looking bad as a result of this habit.

    Make this habit just as important as it is to brush your teeth twice a day.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I’m guilty of neglecting me feet. Thank you for this article

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    as a dancer my feet are often abused and neglected. i used the avon foot works double action intensive callus cream and it made my feet soft and smooth. i told all me dancer friends to use it! and my mother always told me about putting vaseline on my feet and covering it with socks – guess i should give that a try too

    6 years ago •

  1. TJK

    I really need to focus on my feet. I’m always in such a rush to hop from a hot shower into socks – to keep my feet warm – that i totally forget to moisturize. I’m definitely going to have to break this bad habit!

    6 years ago •

  1. Simimano

    I have bad circulation in my feet and they tend to swell and get very sore and red in winter, I haven’t been looking after them that well lately since I just don’t seem to have the time. Good article about taking care of them feet though, I think I will use the Vaseline on them and purchase some quality socks to keep them super warm and unharmed this winter.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I have dark sports on my feet, is there something that can help me with this?

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Vaseline is my best friend during winter! Cheapest beauty product yet!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    I concur, my feet isnt one of those areas I give a lot of love too, but luckily I dont suffer with seriously cracked heels, but to avoid it happening I think I will start looking after my feet better

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    Never thought of using Vaseline, and using cotton socks is important.

    6 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Thanks for this! My husband has one foot that has cracked heels and I am definitely investing in the medi heel retail pack. Is it available at clicks? Not sure why only the one foot is so dry but will get it fixed up soon

    6 years ago •

  1. Dustin

    I always forget about my feet in winter, as they are so well covered up by my boots and socks, but I must really take action now to make sure they are pretty when summer comes again, so thanks for this article it has made me remember to pay them some TLC

    6 years ago •

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