Let us put this out there: cracked heels are awful. And they look so unpleasant, that you can become embarrassed about showing your feet to anybody. But before you resolve to hide away your feet forever, let’s find out more about what causes cracked heels, and how can treat them.
Cracked heels could be due to any number of reasons. Primarily, it has been seen that dry skin and constant pressure on the heels (from walking and long periods of standing) can cause cracks to appear. Dry skin is more liable to crack because it is more rigid. Besides, you could suffer from cracked heels if you’re carrying around excess weight, causing more pressure on the heels..
Another surprising factor is your diet – yes, even your diet can have a negative impact on your heels. A diet lacking in water, minerals, vitamins and zinc can affect the appearance of the skin on your feet and heels, making them look dry and chapped. Even such medical conditions as diabetes and an underactive thyroid can lead to cracked heels – they cause the sweat glands to become inactive, thereby leading to dry skin.
Those wearing open footwear also experience the problem more, as the skin is dried out more. You might love wearing open shoes in the summer, but you should know that it causes your heels to crack. So do take measures to protect your feet with socks.
Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream is your best bet in renewing the tired skin on your feet. It moisturises the skin and promotes faster skin repair. Hence, the rough skin and dead skin cells are sloughed off and the feet are restored to their original smooth finish. Use the cream twice a day directly on cracked heels. Once the skin condition improves, apply the cream daily so that heel softness is maintained. 85% of users agreed that use of the Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream showed visible improvement in their heels in just three days.
If you would rather try out homemade remedies, we have a good one to suggest. Try mixing one tablespoon of oatmeal and one tablespoon of olive oil. Form a paste and apply it directly on the cracked heels. Rinse it after 30 minutes. Do this daily to see how the problem resolves itself.
Of course, it is worthwhile to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. Keeping the skin hydrated is of the essence. Drink plenty of water every day and moisturise the feet daily. If you live in very dry conditions, use a humidifier at home to add moisture to the air, and by extension, your skin. And if your heels are prone to dryness and cracking, it would be a good idea to skip your open footwear (such as flip flops) and wear closed shoes, even in the summer. The closed footwear locks in moisture in the skin.
Make sure to use Scholl Cracked heel cream daily to maintain moisture in your skin, and massage it gently into the skin till it is fully absorbed.