Summer means sandal season--unless you are trying to hide your cracked heels. We understand the feeling of embarrassment and wanting to wish away the problem. Luckily, there are tips and tricks you can add to your daily foot care routine to help get your heels back to looking and feeling great.
Here are some ways to care for your cracked heels at home:
Be gentle to your skin. When caring for your cracked heels, avoid harsh soaps and scrubbing too hard with a pumice stone or foot file. Try using a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to avoid drying out the skin further. When using a pumice stone or foot file, scrub gently to remove dead skin and moisturize the skin afterward.
Apply lotion or moisturizer to your heels and soles on a daily basis. Deep moisturizers or lotions aid in repairing the damaged skin on your heels. Moisturize at least one time daily and cover your feet with socks to help seal in the moisture.
Give your feet a mini-pamper session with this night time routine. This treatment can be done on a daily process until your cracked heels have completely healed.
Soak your feet in warm, soapy water. (Hot water can dry the skin further, so make sure to use warm water.)
Use a pumice stone to softly scrub the heel area of both feet and rinse.
Apply olive oil, coconut oil, or a deep moisturizing lotion liberally on your heels and soles.
Put on a fresh pair of socks and wear them overnight.
Wear appropriate footwear to help prevent cracked heels. Shoes such as flip-flops or backless sandals lack support in the heel area. These types of shoes are prone to creating friction as your foot moves about unsupported, which may lead to dryness and rough skin on the heel. Look for proper shoes that are the right size, width, and provide the right amount of arch support for your feet.
Though it will take time and care to improve your cracked heels, these tips and home remedies provide a great start in the healing process. Apply these simple practices into your daily routine, and you will start to notice improvement within a couple of weeks depending on the severity of the issue. If problems persist, the team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is here to help! Reach our Chandler and Gilbert offices by phone at (480) 963-9000 to set up an appointment.