Cracked heels are not just aesthetically unappealing and unacceptable, but they are also troublesome and painful. So treating them should be on the top of your feet care program. Interestingly, its not just women who seem to get bothered by this foot condition, as a lot many men too are on the lookout for ways to treat cracked heels. And while many people swear by exercise and a healthy diet to cure this problem of callus and cracked heels, in most cases it may not be sufficient to handle the problem.
Here is a foot care regimen, which if followed every day will ensure complete and effective treatment of the problem of cracked heels.
â€¢Â Â Â Just like all other body parts your feet need proper hygiene to stay in good health. Your feet need washing and scrubbing every night, and the best time to do this is before you hit the sac every evening. For best results soak you feet in warm water to which Epsom salts have been added. And if you don’t have any Epsom salt, you can always add in a tablespoon of common table salt to the water. The salt will relax your feet while making the skin softer. After about ten minutes of soaking, the callus on the soles will turn soft and can be easily scrubbed off using a pumice stone or a foot scrubbing brush. Be gentle while scrubbing the soles, because excessive and aggressive scrubbing can result in bleeding.
â€¢Â Â Â Some alcohol based cleanser should be used before giving your feet a massage, as alcohol helps in destroying the bacteria buildup in the cracks.
â€¢Â Â Â Next, give your feet a massage with olive or coconut oil on a regular basis. Make circular motion with your fingers, while massaging. And when you are done with the message, wipe your feet with a towel dipped in hot water to remove excess oil.
â€¢Â Â Â Finally, rub some over-the-counter foot cream on your feet, and by next morning you will find your feet in a much better shape.
This routine will free your feet of cracked heels in simply five to fifteen days, depending on the condition of your feet.