Improper soap and cleaners
As you probably know, regular use of soap, especially soaps that are not completely compatible with your skin, will eventually cause dry skin. This issue is more important in the heel skin due to its special conditions than other parts. Washing the soles of the feet with soap and water reduces the skin’s protective oils and beneficial fats, causing dryness and eventually cracks in the heel.
On the other hand, if you do not follow the daily hygiene and cleanliness of the foot, there is still a risk of cracking the sole of the foot. With the accumulation of various microbes and bacteria, not only will the skin of the heel and sole of the foot look unsightly, but it will also gradually become thick and rough.
Eczema is an inflammatory disease of the skin, depending on its severity, a person will experience problems such as burning, itching and chronic dryness in their skin. Eczema is a disease associated with plantar fasciitis that is more common in athletes and people who work hard and should not be confused with simple heel skin cracks.
Bacterial and fungal infections
Dryness and cracking of the soles of the feet usually occur with fungal and microbial causes at older ages. However, if the scaling of the skin of the foot increases abnormally and the nails and the skin around them become inflamed and problematic, there is a possibility of a fungal infection.
Underlying and inherited diseases
Congenital and inherited diseases such as keratoderma, diabetes and thyroid can cause the heel skin to crack. In addition, deficiencies in certain vitamins, such as A and important fatty acids such as alpha linoleic and gamma linoleic, can cause this problem.
Treatment of foot cracks
Home remedies for this problem are usually very effective if used consistently and consistently. In the following, you will get acquainted with some of these methods.
Combined wax paraffin and coconut oil
Melt some paraffin using steam to liquefy it. Now add two tablespoons of coconut oil, mustard or even castor oil. Put your feet in the resulting mixture and wait ten minutes.
Keep doing this until several layers of this mixture are placed on the skin of the heel. To be more effective, put your foot in a freezer bag and let it stand for at least 1 hour. Then take out your feet and remove the layers of wax from it. You can use this method twice a week.
Note: This is not recommended for people with diabetes or people with poor blood circulation!
Hot water and exfoliation of the soles of the feet
First, fill a suitable container (or tub) with warm or lukewarm water. Then put your feet in it and let it stay the same for at least 10 minutes. Now the skin of your soles is soft and completely wet. Peel a squash, grate it and squeeze the juice.
By doing this, dead cells and rough and thick layers of skin are removed and the freshness and softness of the skin of your feet will increase. After drying your feet, be sure to use a lotion, foot cream or a suitable moisturizer to maintain the softness and softness of the skin.
If you do this at night and before going to bed and wear a suitable sock, you will see much more effectiveness. In addition, you can take advantage of the natural salt exfoliation by adding some sea salt or epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) to the water.
This is one of the best ways to relax after a day of work and also to treat heel cracks.