How to Repair Dry, Cracked Feet

It’s the end of your day and as  you remove your shoes you are once again met with dry cracked feet. They not  only feel scaly and painful, but they also look like you’ve been walking on  razor blades! No matter how rough and callous your feet currently are, this  does not have to be the fate of your feet forever. There are five steps you can  follow to learn how to heal your dry cracked feet and prevent them from drying  out in the future.

Basic At Home Treatment for Dry Cracked Feet

  1. Wash Feet in a Moisturizing Foot Bath- The first step for at-home  treatment is to wash or soak your feet everyday in lukewarm water and a mild  soap. You can add a soothing foot product to help condition your feet if you  choose. Dr. Scholl’s and Burt’s Bees offer great medicated moisturizing  products. However, if you’d rather use items from the kitchen, mixing one cup  of honey with a gallon of water and soaking ten to fifteen minutes can  drastically improve the moisture in the skin. Honey is also a natural  antiseptic and is a safe cure for cracked or bleeding skin. Be careful not to  use the pumice stone too vigorously on your cracked feet as it may make them  worse.
  2. Dry vs. Cracked Heels- If your heels are just dry, you can use a pumice stone (less than $2 at the drugstore) to gently scrub off dead and dry skin patched on heels, soles and toes.  Don’t try to get feet smooth all in one scrub treatment.  It is better to use the pumice stone lightly for a few days.  You can maintain this smoothness by using the pumice stone a couple time a week in the shower.  If your feet are so dry that they have cracked, skip this exfoliating step until the cracks have healed and closed.
  3. Dry Feet Completely- Second, you’ll need to dry your  feet well. Pay close attention to the skin in between the toes. If this area is  not dried properly it can create a breeding ground for bacteria and lead to  infection. Pat the feet and do not rub harshly or you can cause more damage!
  4. Apply a Good Foot Mosituizer- Apply a foot cream, lotion or foot ointment.  There are many lotions available offering moisturizers such as Vitamin E, shea  butter, aloe and more. These are often helpful for dry, but not severely dry  skin. Podiatrists and diabetic specialists often recommend a foot cream such as  O’Keeffe’s working feet cream. This cream is not greasy, hypoallergenic, has no  odor and contains no oil or alcohol. It helps replenish the skin with glycerin  and protect the skin with paraffin. These ingredients help to sooth, hydrate  and repair the skin tissue of the feet.                          There are also home remedies available  which are said to soothe. For instance, mixing baby lotion with spearmint and  eucalyptus oil is a known remedy. It is said to create a “super lotion” which sooths,  heals and smells fresh. Other natural remedy moisturizers include almond oil,  avocado oil, jojoba oil and coconut milk. You can try the moisturizer of your  choice to see which works best for you. 
  5. Optional: Wear White Cotton Socks- The fourth step requires you to  put on clean, white cotton socks. The cotton helps to whisk away moisture while  the colorless material prevents any dyes from irritating the skin. Many people  choose to put their socks on at bedtime and wear them overnight for enhanced  moisturizing. When you wake up your feet will feel as if you got a spa pedicure  overnight!

Everyday Tips to Improve Overall Foot Condition & Appearance

Finally, be sure to check your  feet everyday. Look for cuts or blisters and treat them promptly. Keeping your  feet clean and applying moisturizer is an excellent way to care for your feet.  You can also insure foot health by eating a diet rich in Vitamin A, which  promotes skin health. Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach and  pumpkin are all excellent sources.

In addition to the foods you eat, the amount of water  you drink is important as well. Drinking six to eight glasses of water can help  to keep your skin, soft and subtle naturally. The main causes for severe dry  skin or xerosis (as it is known medically) is often dehydration, Vitamin A  deficiency or diabetes. You do not have to suffer from dry cracked feet or feet  fissures! Simply follow the steps above and you’ll be kicking up your heels  with happiness.

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