Skin and foot carePosted on: 13 August 2014 by 50connect editorial
A quick and easy guide on how to avoid dry, rough and cracked skin especially on your heels.
During the summer months our feet become particularly susceptible to wear and tear because of the hotter and dryer conditions. Here's how you can avoid it.
Hard, cracked skin around the heels (also known as fissures) is very common in the summer. It’s often caused by open-backed sandals and flip-flops rubbing around the edge of your heel. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also be very painful. With these simple tips we will show you how to protect your skin, especially on your feet, across the summer.
With summer in full swing your feet and skin can get very worn because of the hot temperatures and condittions. It's not surprising that weather and wear can take such a toll on your soles. Feet have fewer oil glands than other parts of the body, which makes them especially susceptible to dry air. Thankfully there are some simple things you can try at home so you no longer have to dread baring your feet in public.
Using a heel balm twice a day can help. Applying it in the morning increases the elasticity of the skin on your heels before you get moving and helps decrease the occurrence of cracks. Simply Feet Heel Balm is highly rated by podiatrists and is very effective in treating severe cases of cracked heels. It contains 25% Urea, the skin’s own moisturiser and breaks down hard, thickened skin helping repair and relieve cracks to leave it soft and supple. It’s also lightly scented with mint so it smells lovely and fresh.
A pumice stone or a wooden foot file (like a giant emery board) can be used to reduce the thickness of hard skin. But be gentle or you could make matters worse and make sure you seek advice if you have diabetes. In more severe cases you may need the help of a podiatrist. Foot soaks can also be helpful but limit them to 10 – 15 minutes, 3 times a week as soaking for long periods dries out the skin.
If cracks start to bleed, apply an antiseptic to prevent infection and keep skin clean with a dressing as needed. Wear closed-in shoes and good socks when you can and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. If your heels are very painful and bleeding, we recommend seeking advice from a podiatrist.
Simply Feet Heel Balm and wooden foot files are available from www.cosyfeet.com
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