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By Skin & Hair Academy  |   February 04, 2016
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cracked-heels

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a result of dryness and dead skin build up. Rough, cracked heels are not only unsightly but can be quite painful. In severe cases, cracked heels can become infected and can also lead to a bacterial infection known as cellulitis.

 
Causes
dry-weather
Dry weather
walking-barefoot
Walking barefoot
improper-foot-care
Improper foot care
nutritional-deficiency
Nutritional deficiency
central-heating
Central heating
hot-showers
Excessive hot showers
 
Symptoms
roughness
Roughness
redness-skin
Redness of skin
flaky
Flaky or peeling skin
cracks-feet
Cracks in the feet
Itchiness
Itchiness around heels
painful-touch
Painful to touch
 
Treatment Options
  • Epsom salt-soak promotes circulation and cleanses bacteria off the skin besides adding moisture.
  • Heel repair balm containing descaling (keratolytic) or water-retaining (humectant) agents such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, urea and saccharide isomerate can help.
  • For cases where no improvement is seen after a week of self-treatment, seek a podiatrist's advice.
  • Debridement – cutting away hard thick skin – is one of the treatment procedures for severe cases.
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For healthy, best-looking feet
  • Avoid beauty products with alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).
  • Put on a moisturizer before hitting the sack, slip on cotton socks, and wear them overnight.
  • Limit your shower to 10 minutes and use warm water instead of hot.
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fats.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene.
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