Preventing Cracked Heels In Winter

In Wellness by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

There is nothing more irritating than cracked heels in the winter. We all know how cracked heels and feet come to be, so why aren’t we preventing it? The reason is that many don’t exactly know how to remedy this or prevent it. Also known as fissures, the cracks in feet can be felt during any season, but the problem is most prominent in the winter months due to a lack of moisture within the skin in cooler climates. In this article, we’ll discuss tips that’ll make it so no one has to deal with cracked feet again!

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Not Knowing About Cracked Feet

In the winter, cracks can be so minuscule that most people may not even spot them. When sudden irritation or itchiness occurs and the feet feel dry, this may be an indication that the feet are indeed cracked and lack moisture. The worse the cracks get or the more they’re ignored, the more pain, itchiness, and bleeding there is. Those who walk or stand for an extended amount of time during the winter months may see this more than those who do not. Walking can become painful if people don’t prevent cracks or take care of their feet.

When beginning feet pampering to reduce and cure cracked heels, it’s important to know that removing the dry skin is the first preparation step before curing. A pumice stone on a rotary brush removes dead skin effortlessly in minutes.

 Provide Extra Moisture during the Winter Months

Winter causes excess skin around the ankles and heel to become thicker and more porous. Moisturizing the area and then wearing cotton socks will allow the moisture to be locked in when sleeping. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to prevent and reduce cracked heels in the wintertime.

Regular Treatments Heal Foot Cracks

Those who have suffered from cracked heels long term may wonder if treating them once or twice a week will do anything to cure the problem. For a lasting result, moisturizing your heels daily will prevent any type of cracking, bleeding and discomfort. Daily treatments will repair foot damage and those suffering will rarely ever see cracked heels and or feel pain from walking or standing on those tender cracks.

Exposed Feet Causes Discomfort

In the wintertime, wearing no socks in the house when the heat isn’t on can actually worsen cracked feet. Those with cracked feet should also take note that not wearing socks with shoes when going outside in the winter will also worsen cracked feet. Always make sure to wear wool or cotton socks before stepping out of the house or taking on the cold day head on. Those who have severely cracked feet shouldn’t even walk barefoot in the house because bacteria and dirt mixed in with the chill can cause cracking much quicker than one would expect.

Do It While Relaxing

While watching TV or browsing on the laptop, soak your feet in a bucket of warm water. Dry your feet well and moisturize them. Treating your feet is ideal for multitasking! Everyone has many tasks to complete in one day, so combining a few helps us juggle to get everything done. Thankfully, soaking feet can be done at any time while sitting and can feel quite nice, too! Be careful, though, as over-soaking feet can cause already tender heels to become more cracked than they were before.

Other Causes of Cracked Heels

Not moisturizing in the winter isn’t the only cause of cracked heels, and there are many other causes that may surprise you. Dehydration and taking long, hot showers can also increase vulnerability for cracked heels. Those who have diabetes and use a pumice stone against dry feet will also see an increase in cracked heels.