They are deep, they look ugly and are painful, I am talking about cracked feet which are the most common problem for many people during winters. Dry and cracked feet are also a big embarrassment and can also be a big put off. They refuse to heel and can become worse if not treated.
Cracked feet in winters generally are the outcome of dry skin due to weather conditions. It is very important to find the reason for feet getting cracked and treat them accordingly. Generally home remedies work best to heel cracked feet. Even after trying home remedies your cracked feet refuse to heel then it is advisable to go to doctor and treat it with proper medical treatment.
So let’s have look on ways which are very easy to do in getting rid of cracked feet:
Soak: Cracked feet are hard, rough and dry. The best way to treat them from further drying is by soaking them in warm water. Soak your feet regularly in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes, with a small sponge or a soft brush, remove dry skin and clean your cracks properly. Wash your feet again and apply foot cream to the cracks. This is one of the best remedy for treating cracked feet and also to relieve pain caused by them. You can do this twice a week to keep the cracks from getting more dry and rough.
Creams: There various number of foot creams which you easily get over the counter to treat cracked heels. They don’t show results very quickly and long and regular usage can prove beneficial. It is advisable to apply foot creams on clean and dry feet.
Moisturize: Moisturizing cracked feet is very important in healing. Moisturizing helps in keeping the cracks soft and help in heeling cracks. You can moisturize your feet with coconut oil, almond oil whenever home twice a day along with using foot creams which you can keep overnight.
Right Footwear: People who suffer from cracked feet are advised to wear closed fitting shoes. Close fitting shoes will help in minimizing the exposure to dust and thus help in hardening of skin. Avoid wearing wet soaks, as wet soaks can irritate the skin and can also lead to itching. It is also advisable to avoid wearing tight fighting shoes as they can hurt your cracks and cause pain, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Barefoot: Avoid staying barefoot when home, use slippers when home.
Cuts: You will feel very tempted to pull out the dry skin or cut them with a nail cutter or pull it with a tweezer, avoid trying any of these as they can hurt your feet and can also lead to bleeding.
Apart from taking care of the above things, it is very important to drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated. Our hands and feet are the two areas where there is no oil secretion and thus extra care is needed to take care of them. You can also pamper your feet by going to foot spas or getting pedicure done every one or two months. Foot spa and pedicures are not only relaxing but keep your feet healthy and beautiful. If you don’t see any home remedy working on your cracked feet, then it is advisable to go to doctor and take proper treatment.