How to treat and replenish the ravages of cold weather.
Coming out of winter we usually look a little hoggish, fat hanging, brain not functioning well due to loss of sunshine, eyes all dry due to much dry inside heat and computer use. Most of all it is the distinguishing deep cracked heels, dry crusty feet showing neglect and in some cases infection and bleeding from the cuts that is most troublesome. This can all be solved from just a little attention to the damaged area.
Air of Spring
Exposing our feet to the fresh warm moist air of spring after a winter wrapped away in wooly socks, feet often look neglected and the most common problem is often unsightly cracked heels. When the fissures or cracks are deep they tend to become painful and the skin begins to bleed. Infections need monitoring. It is a real problem for those already suffering from chronic ailments such as diabetes. Even people such as myself who have a depleted immune system due to ulcerative colitis attacks that may slow down the treatment of cracked heels could be in trouble. Your bodies healing clock slows down its metabolism and the healing process moves slowly.
Many cracked heel repair creams that are available in the market today contain a range of chemicals that can aggravate your skin and increase discomfort. Here then are some popular folk natural remedies to try at home:
1 Soak your feet in a bowl of warm Epson salt water for 10 to 15 minutes. I have a product called “the Egg” I bought at Bed, Bath & Beyond that lets me shave down this cracked effected area cleanly. Dry thoroughly and then apply coconut oil to the cracked areas of the feet. You can get coconut oil in most any health food store. By wearing a pair of thick wooly socks you can supercharge the treatment by leaving it on overnight. The socks will trap your body heat which will increase the effectiveness of the mixture as more of it will be absorbed by your skin. Within a few days your dry cracked areas will be nourished and clean from cracks, smooth and ready for some trippy action.
2 Another folk treatment is to apply the pulp of a ripe banana on the affected area of the heel. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it clean. This is a very simple dry cracked heels home remedy that can be used on a daily basis to prevent and treat dry and cracked heels. Mix half an avocado or the flesh of half a coconut in a blender along with the banana to form a thick creamy paste. Apply this paste daily for a week and your cracks and dryness should be gone easily. In case you didn’t know Avocados and coconuts are rich in several essential oils and fat soluble vitamins that is excellent in repair of the skin. This nutrient rich paste will help to provide your skin with the vitamins and oils it requires to stay soft and well moisturized. This paste can be used as an effective treatment as well as a preventive measure coming out of the dry winter.
3 Another excellent treatment from our folk heroes is to soak the feet in lemon juice for about 10 minutes. Lemon juice just happens to be more than an alcohol mixer because it turns out it is a mild natural acid that helps to dissolve dead and dry skin. It is best to soak your feet in a lemon juice solution and then lightly scrub it with a loofa or soft foot brush to gently exfoliate the top layers of dead skin that cause dry cracked heels. By applying this folk remedy for 5-7 days should do the trick returning your feet to baby soft skin ready to slip into those new running shoes.
4 The final folk remedy is used by the Amish. By using a mixture of glycerin and rosewater, 50/50, will help soothe and cure cracked heels after a week’s treatment. This treatment has been known for many years and will work just as well as the others mentioned.