How to Heal Cracked Heels

Published: 2011-07-21 16:32:43
Author: FitSugar JULY 20, 2011

  Wearing flip-flops and walking barefoot may be one of your favorite things about Summer weather, but unfortunately it can damage the skin on your feet. The constant exposure to air dries out your delicate skin, creating calluses. The pressure of pounding your feet on the ground when you walk or run exasperates the issue and causes heel fissures, or cracks in the skin. If you continue to walk or run, the cracks can split open and become deeper, which can lead to bleeding and infection. Aside from not looking the prettiest, they are also really painful.

Here's what you can do to heal your cracked heels and prevent fissures in the first place.

To heel your fissures, you must get rid of the dry skin on your feet. If you're heading to the beach, you can naturally remove dry skin by walking barefoot along the shoreline in the wet sand. Also try this home spa treatment: Before going to bed, soak your feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then scrub your heels and other dry areas with a pumice stone, being careful not to irritate the cracked areas. It will gently slough off dead skin cells, revealing smoother skin. If you already have small cracks, be careful not to irritate those areas. Rinse off your feet, pat them dry, then liberally apply foot cream, salve, body butter, or another thick moisturizer. Slip on a pair of socks, and you'll wake up to happier feet. Repeat this process until all the cracks are gone.