Cracked heels – or heel fissures, as they are sometimes known – are a common foot problem. They make your heels look awful and they can also hurt if the fissures are deep. But this doesn’t mean that you should hide away your feet or tuck your strappy heeled shoes into the back of your wardrobe. You can stop hiding your heels because of cracked skin, because we’ve got all the information that you need to know, and also learn how to get your heels looking and feeling soft and supple once again.
Cracked heels are the result of extreme dryness in the skin, which causes the skin in the area to split. The split occurs when the skin is drier, thicker and less elastic than it should be. When skin loses its supple elasticity, everyday pressures caused from walking, running, standing or exercise, can cause the skin to crack and split. You may even feel pain in the heels when you stand or put weight on your feet. But the good news is, that most cases of cracked heels can be easily treated at home.
What causes cracked heels?
There are many possible causes of cracked heels. Some people have naturally drier skin than others. Or the skin on the heels lacks sufficient moisture, which can make your heels more likely to suffer from cracks. The way you walk and how your weight is distributed on your heels can also contribute to cracked heels.
Some other causes of cracked heels include dry climate, insufficient or irregular foot care, nutrient deficiencies, skin ageing, standing for long periods of time, wearing tight or wrong shoes, carrying a lot of excess body weight, and your own genetics can be a cause of cracked heels.
Fortunately, most cases of cracked heels can be easily treated at home, so you can get your feet back into tip-top condition like before.
Applying Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream K+ is good treatment for cracked heels. Its essential ingredient, keratin, helps the skin build and renew itself naturally. This helps create a barrier to speed up the repair of the cracked skin. In fact, most people see an improvement within three days of using the cream.
Other things that may help you tackle cracked heels include wearing shoes with a supportive back, drinking plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and supple, using a special moisturising cream on the feet every night before sleeping, and avoiding harsh soaps and very hot water in the bath or during a pedicure. Excessively hot water can strip away any natural moisture in your skin. If the weather is hot, walking around barefoot or in footwear that exposes your feet (such as flip flops and sandals) can also dry out the skin in your feet that much more. So do make sure to pamper your feet regularly with a foot cream at the end of the day.
Eat for your feet
As well as what you apply to your body, what you put inside it can help to prevent and cure cracked heels too. Diets that are low in zinc and essential omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to dry skin and worsen the condition of cracked heels. To up your zinc intake, add chicken, crab, kidney beans, yoghurt and brown rice to your diet, and to increase your omega-3s, try oily fish and flaxseed oil.
Other vitamins and minerals that can help keep your skin supple and healthy include vitamin E (found in green vegetables, wholegrains and nuts), calcium (found in dairy products and dark leafy vegetables) and iron (found in red meat, eggs, vegetables and beans).