Cracked Heels

Hello my lovelies! It’s Sunday, and another posting about health and beauty, let’s talk about our feet! I have cracked heels. I have never figured out why and I have never found a way to keep my heels soft, smooth, and the of the ways that you can try to help them heal and feel better.

What causes cracked heels? There are a number of reasons that your heels may be cracked. It could be caused by obesity, your shoes not fitting properly, standing too long, genetics, or other medical conditions. When standing on your feet for great lengths, the weight and pressure applied to the fat pad under your heel, your skin expands sideways. If your skin is dehydrated, the skin becomes stiff, less elastic, and is prone to cracking.

So, my heels have gotten thick, rough, cracked, sore, and I was always embarrassed by them. Pedicures weren’t a fix, they helped but didn’t make them look as good as they could. When I would get a pedicure, I noticed that the technician used a foot file that was better than what I had used, a finer file, or pumice stone.

Therefore, I got a better foot file, it now looks like one from the salon, and I say it looks like a cheese grater. If you have one at home you know what I mean, and you can’t help but agree. Here is what I have been doing, regularly, and my feet are looking better than they have in years.

  1. Soak your feet in water as hot as you can tolerate. Soak at least 10-15 minutes. You can soak them multiple times as you work on your heels.
  2. Using the foot file shown above, or a similar type, start slowly filing your heels in one direction. Go slowly and rinse frequently so you can see what has been filed away. If you go too far on your foot, such as filing healthy skin, it will be very sore and possibly crack even further.
  3. After you are done with the heels, you can file the rest of the foot as well, most likely there is more dried skin on the rest of the foot too.
  4. After you finish, dry your feet thoroughly and immediately apply a thick lotion to your feet, focusing on your heels, and then apply thick socks to keep the lotion on your feet where it belongs.

You may need to do these steps every few days, or at a minimum weekly until they get to a healthy state. I still do these steps weekly to maintain a healthy foot. If you have other things you do to keep your feel healthy and smooth, please share them with me!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

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