Podiatrist Toronto, ON Sheldon H. Nadal D.P.M.
586 Eglinton Avenue E. Suite 501 Toronto, Ontario M4P1P2
Local: 416-486-9917 Toll free: (877) 456-3338

What to Do with Dry and Cracked Feet

Cracked heels are usually a sign that you are not giving your feet the proper attention they deserve. Sometimes, the development of cracked heels is more than just overexposure or lack of moisturizing. Medically known as heel fissures, cracked heels may get deep into the dermis and become painful. If you put in excessive pressure on the feet pads, this might result to your feet expanding sideways. This foot condition might also indicate deficiencies in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. If you are suffering from this condition, you might want to try these remedies:


Mild Soap and Warm Water

After a long day’s work, clean and moisturize your dry and cracked heels by soaking your feet in warm and soapy water for about 15 minutes. After soaking, rinse feet and dry thoroughly. You may use petroleum jelly or lotion to moisturize once feet are dry. This can be done on a daily basis, until positive results are obtained. This is best done right before going to bed. You can even wear wool socks to prevent your sheets from getting stained. Wool socks also help your body to trap heat, increasing the effectiveness of the mixture as it gets more absorbed by your skin.


Proper Diet

Some foods are better for our feet than others. Cracked heels are caused by deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3-fatty acids are not produced by our body naturally so it has to be ingested from food or other doctor-approved supplements.


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