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Tips to smoothen cracked heels

As winter bids good bye, it's time you flaunt your sexy strappy Roman number. But attend to your cracked heels first.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 13:14 IST

Winter has gone but there is still a dryness in the air. So before you put away your closed shoes and take out that sexy strappy Roman number, take a look at your heels. With winter wreaking havoc on them, maybe you should pay attention to those cracks first.

What exactly are cracked heels and what causes them? Chiropodist AK Malhan says: “Cracked heels are basically fissures on the feet, most often caused by dry skin. Though for most people cracked heels are just something that mar the beauty of the feet, when the cracks get deep, the skin bleeds and it can be painful.”

The major causes for cracked heels are dry skin, inactive sweat glands, prolonged standing, flat feet or high arched feet and walking abnormalities.

Treating cracked skin can be quite a tough task, therefore prevention is better than cure. And taking good care of your feet will minimise chances of ever having cracked heels.

The most tried and tested formula, says Imran Virji, director, Regal Shoes, is a monthly pedicure which is most effective in keeping your feet and nails beautiful and healthy. Try out the pedicure at the Bata outlet in Colaba. Here, a trained chiropodist works on your feet, removing dry skin, dead cells, calluses and even corns. The treatment costs Rs 200.

At home, apply a moisturising cream on your feet twice daily, once in the morning and again before you go to sleep. Try not to venture outdoors immediately after applying it, but if you must, then cover your feet before you do so. Also, use a pumice stone regularly to reduce the thickness of the hard skin.

The major causes for cracked heels are dry skin, inactive sweat glands, prolonged standing, flat feet or high arched feet and walking abnormalities


The shoes you wear can also cause cracked heels. Hence avoid open backed shoes or thin-soled shoes. It makes good sense to buy sturdy shoes with a good shockabsorbing sole.

A daily regimen of cleaning and moisturising is perhaps the best remedy for superficial cracks. Soak your feet in warm soapy water every night for about 15 minutes. Wash and dry your feet, then take a generous dose of Vaseline and add the juice of one lemon to it. Rub this mixture into your cracked heels.

The shoes you wear can also cause cracked heels. Hence avoid open backed shoes or thin-soled shoes. It makes good sense to buy sturdy shoes with a good shockabsorbing sole.

If you are too lazy to go through the entire exercise, simply wash your feet and apply a thick layer of Vaseline on your heels at night. Cover your feet in cotton socks and leave it overnight.

Exfoliation is very important to get rid of cracked heels. But you need to do so without being too harsh. Use a pumice stone to slough off the dead skin at least twice a day. Those with very sensitive skin should use a loofah. Follow up with moisturising.

You could also try this granma’s recipe. Mix one tablespoon each of ground almonds, g round oatmeal and honey. Add the yolk of an egg and mix well. Apply the mixture over your feet. Wear a pair of cotton socks and leave overnight. In the morning, rinse your feet.

And voila! You are now ready to put your best foot forward.

Imran Virji, director, Regal Shoes, gives a few tips for keeping feet healthy
The heel is the most sensitised area of the foot because it absorbs most of the pressure. Dry scaling on the feet, especially between toes, with some itching is also a common problem

Cracked heels can be prevented by massaging the skin with specially formulated creams and leaving it overnight

Pain in the heel can be treated by bandaging the heel with cheesecloth or cotton wool and wearing cotton socks before going to sleep

The area between the toes tends to retain moisture. Hence it is essential that you dry your feet well

Blisters on the toes should be immediately treated by placing a piece of sterile gauze on the delicate skin