Now that we are in the thick of flip-flop and sandal weather, it is important to make sure that you are taking good care of your feet. Specifically, to treat the bottom of your heels if they are starting to get cracked and dry.
Cracked heels can occur when the bottom of your feet are not properly moisturized on a regular basis, especially if you are taking very long hot baths or showers. They can also be caused by mundane reasons such as dehydration, cold dry weather, and using harsh, drying soaps on your feet, or they can be a sign of a more serious health condition such as diabetes. Leaving your cracked, dry heels untreated can lead to painful fissures, which can impair your ability to walk and even lead to serious infections.
Thankfully, a number of cheap and easy DIY home remedies exist for treating the bottom of your heels. One common solution is to exfoliate dry skin from your heels with hot water and a pumice stone. Another easy solution is to rub vegetable oil, coconut oil, or Vicks VapoRub onto your heels, cover your feet with clean white socks, and leave on overnight.
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