Cracked feet appear when the skin on the feet becomes very dry and ends up breaking with the body's weight and with the pressures of day to day activities, like running for the bus or going up stairs, for example.
So, the best way to avoid dry and cracked skin on the heels you must maintain the feet well hydrated, putting cream at least once a day.
However, for those who already have dry and cracked feet, there is a ritual to leave your feet silky and soft, letting you use sandals and slippers without shame.
This treatment ritual for cracked feet should be done at least 2 times a week or every day, during periods when the feet are very dry.
1. Do a hydrating foot soak
The first step in doing a foot soak, to soften the skin and open the pores, allowing the moisturizer to be well absorbed by all layers of the skin.
To do a foot soak you should:
- Put some warm water inside a basin until it reaches the height of 8 to 10 cm, or a height that allows to immerse the whole foot in the water;
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of moisturizing cream, depending on the amount of water;
- Mix the cream well in the water until it dissolves completely;
- Dip the feet for 5 to 10 minutes, to ensure that the skin stays soft and absorbs the cream.
Ideally, a foot soak should not be done with very hot water, or without the moisturizer, as it will open and attack the pores and may leave the skin drier.
2. Dry your feet correctly
After finishing the foot soak it is very important to dry the skin well, to avoid the growth of fungi, especially between the toes. However, you should avoid rubbing the towel on the skin, as this action leaves the skin more irritated and contributes to increased dryness.
So ideally you should dry the skin with light pressure movements, to remove excess water, and then leave the feet outdoors for 2 minutes, to dry completely.
3. Remove excess skin with sandpaper
This ritual step is optional and usually should only be done when there are no cracks, but the skin is still thick and dry. In these cases, after drying the foot with the towel, but before letting them dry in the open air, you should use a sandpaper or a pumice stone, for example, to make slight movements on the heel and remove the excess dead skin.
This technique can also be done on other drier regions of the foot, such as the side of the big toe. Then the foot can be passed again in warm water, or remove the skin that has left, using a towel, for example.
4. Pass a moisturizer
When the foot is completely dry, a little moisturizer should be used to close the pores and finish the skin hydration. The thicker the cream, the greater the degree of hydration, but the choice can be made according to the preferences of each person.
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After passing the cream, one should wear a sock to ensure that it is not removed by the footwear and that it is completely absorbed by the skin. Also, the sock helps the foot not to slip, avoiding possible falls. A good option is to do the ritual before bed, so that you keep your socks for a few hours and without shoe pressure.
Main causes of cracked foot
The main cause of cracked feet is lack of hydration, which leaves the skin less flexible and easier to break. However, there are some factors that contribute to the loss of hydration, such as:
- Walking barefoot for a long time;
- Frequently wear sandals and slippers;
- Being overweight;
- Bathe in very hot water.
Also, those who do not drink the amount of water they need during the day also have drier skin and therefore have a better chance of getting their feet dry.
Those who have these risk factors should pass moisturizer cream at least once a day, after bathing or before bedtime, for example to ensure that the skin is well hydrated and that there is no risk of breaking during the day- to-day.