We tend to neglect our feet so it’s no surprise that both men and women all over the world suffer from calluses, foot problems and especially cracked heels. You may not realize it, but in your lifetime you will walk 1000’s of miles.Every time you take a step, your weight comes down on your heels, so it stands to reason that if you do not take good care of your feet and heels you are bound to have some serious wear and tear eventually.Podiatrists call splits or cracks in the heels “fissures”. These are especially troublesome in hot, dry climates and when sandals are worn continuously. Older people are particularly troubled by heel fissures due to problems caring for the feet and many years of natural wear and tear.
Calluses on the heels and cracked heels can be very painful. If the crack is deep enough, your heels may bleed, and sensitive, deep skin structures may experience a great deal of pain. Fortunately, the causes of cracked heels are very controllable.There are number of different reasons for developing cracked heels. Among them are:
Skin conditions such as and hydrolysis, psoriasis and eczema
Some types of medication cause general skin dryness
A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids and/or zinc
Being on your feet for extended periods of time
Always wearing open back shoes
Lack of vitamins and minerals
Wearing unsuitable footwear
Your daily routine can also contribute to the development of fissures in the heels. If you are on your feet a great deal and don’t provide your feet with protection and proper care, you can expect the skin of your heels to dry, split and crack.
What Can You Do About Cracked Heels?It is best to start treatment of cracked heels before symptoms begin. If you notice the skin of your heels itching, peeling or flaking you should get started hydrating and caring for your skin properly right away. By doing so you may be able to avoid the development of cracked heels.If you already have cracked heels, don’t despair. There are many things that you can do to help alleviate this problem. Here is a collection of both organic and inorganic home remedies for you to try.