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Cracked heels- Effective treatment with permanent results
Not all of us are blessed with soft, nice looking feet we are proud to show off.
Instead many people suffer from unsightly hard, thickened skin and cracked heels.Often the ball of the foot is affected as well. And I really mean they suffer, as it does not only look ugly and makes them want to hide their feet, but it can also be very painful, especially when the cracks get deeper and eventually start bleeding.
This might even affect the way we walk, as we are trying to avoid pressure on the sore cracked parts of the feet, which in return can cause pain in the calves and ankles.
It’s important to speak to a health care professional first to rule out a serious health problem.
Mostly this condition is present in winter as the skin generally becomes drier, but sometimes it persists the whole year through.
Some of the causes are:
walking barefoot too often
wearing shoes with thin soles
not drinking enough water
Have we not all tried many of these “miracle balms” with little or no effect, although they promise to heal the cracks in just a few days?
Fact is it doesn’t help much to apply balms and moisturizers on the cracked heels, as it’s not just rough and dry skin; the skin is dead and nothing can even penetrate through all these layers of dead skin.
Yes, it helps a bit to soften the skin with a pumice stone but one can only remove a certain part of the dead skin, depending on how thick this hard skin actually is.
So obviously it makes sense to treat the condition from within first.
(I’ll describe the external treatment at the end of this article)
Make sure you get enough zinc in your diet. Zinc does not only strengthen your immune system, it’s also essential for healthy skin, hair, nails and strong bones.
The recommended dose is about 15 mg daily, which is the usual dose found in a Multivitamin Supplement. If you are a VEGETARIAN, PREGNANT or a BREASTFEEDING MOTHER you might need additional zinc.
But I wouldn’t advise a pure Zinc Supplement because high doses can have serious side effects. SO DON’T OVERDO IT!
Oysters are the best source of zinc although they are not everybody’s type of food.
But there are other natural sources like
nuts like cashews, almonds, pecans and peanuts
beans and lentils
Consult your health care professional first before taking Zinc or any other supplements to rule out that your symptoms are not caused by a serious health condition, for example diabetes.
2. FISH OIL:
Contains important Omega 3 fatty acids which are very good for your cardiovascular health; they help to
lower the bad cholesterol (LDL)
raise the levels of good cholesterol (HDL)
they keep the arteries healthy
prevent blood clots
thin the blood and therefore
improve blood circulation
and the transport of nutritients and oxygen to all layers of the skin is improved, which is necessary to maintain a healthy skin. They also
reduce inflammation and keep your brain cells healthy too.
Although it’s not proven that fish oil can help for dry skin but because of it’s great anti-inflammatory qualities it does not only improve certain skin conditions like ACNE, DERMATITIS, ECZEMAS … it also helps to heal deep cracks in your skin.
So all in all, Omega 3 fatty acids have enormous health benefits and a healthy body also shows in a healthy skin.
Unfortunately our body cannot produce them on it’s own, so we have to consume them in our diet. Natural sources of fish oil are
Of course it’s also important how to prepare the fish; if you deep-fry it in lots of oil or other fats it’s obviously not so healthy any more!
If you are concerned about toxins due to pollution when consuming a lot of fish, rather go for a quality fish oil supplement.
But keep in mind that Omega 3 fatty acids thin the blood and if you are already taking aspirin etc. you should avoid taking Omega 3 or speak to your doctor first if it’s advisable and for your own correct dosage as well.
3. BIOCHEMIC TISSUE SALTS NO’S 1 + 9
Also called Cell Salts or Schuessler Salts; they are another great remedy to treat cracked skin and are extremely safe without the risk of side effects, except if you suffer from lactose intolerance.
Tissue salts are minerals which occur naturally in the body, but a lack of certain ones or any imbalance can result in illness.
There are 12 tissue salts essential for the building, renewing, detoxifying and maintaining of the body cells. The one to use for hardened skin and cracked heels and hands (and other ailments as well) would be No 1 ; Calc Fluor which restores tissue elasticity.
Additionally you can take No 9; Nat Mur which distributes the water to the cells and helps for dry skin as it regulates the degree of water in the cells.
Usually 1 tablet is taken 3 times daily dissolved under the tongue. Only in acute conditions 1 tablet may be taken every half hour.
1. Soak your feet for about 10 minutes in warm water
2. Use a pumice stone to reduce the dead, hard skin. (Don’t use one which is too soft; you’ll only see minimal results). I found the best one to use is the Scholl’s Hard Skin Stone.
3. Wet the stone and rub off the hard skin until your feet feel soft and smooth. It’s not always necessary to soak your feet first for some time, so you can also do this in the shower.
4. Dry your feet properly and apply Calendula Cream to your cracked heels twice daily and massage it in slightly. Calendula officinalis is a great remedy with excellent healing and antiseptic properties which help to soothe skin irritations, speed up wound healing, prevent infections and moisturizes your dry, cracked skin.
Let it absorb for a few minutes, and then put on socks so that it doesn’t wipe off.
Never ever use scissors or even razors to get rid of the hard skin!
Once again, skin problems on the feet could be the result of an illness and you should speak to your practitioner first before starting with any treatment, especially if your cracks are very deep. If you are a diabetic even a slight injury might result in a serious infection!
PREVENTION OF FURTHER BUILD UP OF HARD SKIN
1. Avoid walking barefoot too often
2. Wear comfortable shoes with soles that are not too thin
3. Drink 2-3 l of water every day to keep your skin supple.
Additionally you can put Callous Cushions into your shoes which provide great relief from painful pressure - Ball of Foot Cushions are also available which provide relief from burning pain.
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