It doesn’t matter if it’s cold or if it’s summer, you can have cracked feet all year round, although in winter things may get worse. Dry feet with cracked heels is a frequent nuisance that worries many women -and men- because if dry feet start to have too deep fissures they can cause bleeding, infections and pain when standing or walking.
Dry feet can be caused by cold weather, home heating, unsuitable shoes, improper foot care, being on your feet all day, excessive walking or running. This is a very common problem and that is why it is necessary to find the solutions as soon as possible.
Solutions for dry feet
Avoid inappropriate shoes. If you wear shoes or boots that are too big, it will cause some friction, so you could get calluses that will become dry surfaces on your heels. Make sure you wear shoes and boots that are the right size for your feet, your heels should not move and your toes should have room to wiggle.
- Wash your feet every day with warm soapy water. Do not use hot water because it dries out your skin and is also harmful for anyone who has circulation problems in their feet.
- Exfoliate your feet. Especially dry heels, you can use a washcloth, a pumice stone, a hard sponge and rub the skin gently to get rid of the dead skin and you can have much softer and rejuvenated looking feet.
- Dry your feet well. Whenever you wash your feet you should make sure that you are drying them correctly. Dry thoroughly between your fingers to prevent bacteria and fungus from thriving in these areas, as they love dark, damp places.
- Moisturize your feet every day. It is necessary that you hydrate your feet every day with a special moisturizing cream for feet. But never put cream between your toes.
- Home remedies. Home remedies are also a good option to consider to solve dry feet. You can spread your feet with olive oil mixed with honey, white vinegar and lemon juice. Put on cotton socks, in the morning wash your feet and exfoliate, then dry and moisturize them. You can do that once a week.