Developing cracked heels is painful. As well as hampering daily activities, this condition requires treatment. Don’t worry, you won’t even have to leave your home to get some relief with these tips.
Dry skin on the feet is often avoidable. However, some illnesses and medications can cause or worsen the problem. I’ve always had to moisturise my heels but recent cancer treatment saw a rapid deterioration in their condition. I underwent six months of chemotherapy, during which I suffered neuropathy. A side effect of the drugs I was on (taxotere and carboplatin) was a tingling sensation through my body which seemed to ‘come out’ via the heels, making the skin hard. In my case, using products that scrape away dry skin was not an option – because of the risk of infection. Keeping my feet clean, soft and fresh was a must!
I recommend, as does Regime Skin Care, a moisturising foot soak followed by a good skin softening treatment designed to either tackle cracked heels or offer deep moisturisation.
Cracked Heels: Simple Solutions
If you are looking for instant relief, the 7th Heaven Soften Sock Masque is perfect. It’s cheap too – under £2! Featuring ground shea nut oils and peppermint, this soothing blend is further infused with moisture-rich shea butter. Use this simple product to help soften and soothe dry, rough and cracked skin. As well as rehydrating your skin it will soften it too.
If you want a skin super-boost, try Burt’s Bees 99.4% Natural Coconut Moisturising Foot Cream. Carefully wash your feet first and ensure they are thoroughly dry before applying. This hydrating foot cream has a rich formula that rejuvenates tough skin and leaves it feeling refreshed. It includes extracts of rosemary. Special Offer: this product is currently on sale. Click here for more information.
We have to mention Flexitol Heel Balm for Dry and Cracked Feet, because it is suitable for use by diabetics. It is a medically proven treatment for dry, cracked heels and delivers intense moisturisation. The manufacturer promises visible results in one day and we recommend it is applied twice a day – morning and night.
Preventing Hard Skin On The Feet
As well as treating hard skin, I improved the condition of my feet by ensuring I always wear socks. After chemo (but I wish I’d done this during treatment), I wore extra thick but very soft socks. What a relief! I was also careful not to wear backless shoes and avoided walking around the home with nothing on my feet. Invest in a foot spa – you won’t know yourself. As well as giving your feet a good clean, this type of product will soak away tension, leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Take a look in our store for a great deal on foot spas. Watch this space because soon we will be sharing tip on how to cut extra thick toe nails!
For more foot care ideas, visit the Hands and Feet section in our shop. All products are delivered direct to your door!