Caring for Dry and Cracked Heels

Like so many others, my heels have developed calluses due to dryness; the many hours I spend on my feet are beginning to take a toll.  The dry weather contributes to the cracking and occasional bleeding.  Needless to say, it's painful!  After spending lots of money on several different products, I finally found a couple of items that actually worked for me - though they required a bit more time and effort.

The Mint and Sugar mask

Ingredients:  Mint oil extract (I've only tried spearmint so far), brown sugar and olive oil.

Instructions:  Begin by adding about 4 teaspoons of brown sugar to a cup containing about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir the mixture until the brown sugar is dissolved into the oil.  Next, add about 3-5 drops of mint oil and stir until all the ingredients are blended together.  If the mint oil is not available, grind mint leaves in your hands to extract the essence, then add it to the mixture. 

Be sure your heels are clean before applying the blends, massage the affected area for about 5-8 minutes, then rinse with warm water.  Repeat the process on a daily basis until the condition improves.

Lemon soak

Fill a shallow bucket with warm water.  Cut a few lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the water.  Mix well, then soak your feet for about 10 minutes.  Continue this routine everyday for approximately a week and you should notice a difference.

Additional practices which worked for me is to always keep my feet warm.  In the winter this usually means wearing socks as much as you can.  This will protect your feet from the hard floor and offer some cushioning against the rough interior of your shoes.  Applying moisturizer to your entire foot will prevent the loss of moisture.  This is very important since you don't want your feet drying out and cracking.  One basic fact about calluses is that you should never cut the dead skin off.  This will cause the callus to return faster and tougher, creating more painful cracks in the future.

Last but not least, avoid wearing tight shoes or high heels for a long duration.