Cracked heels or rather referred to as heel fissures is the appearance of fissures at the heels. The fissures create cracks that can be shallow or deeper depending on its severity. Deeper cracks can prove painful especially when moving around barefoot or when standing barefoot for extended periods of time. Cracked heels are common amongst the human population and can affect anybody irrespective of gender, race or age. Let's read deeper as I take you through the home medications for heel fissures.
Application of coconut oil
Generally, coconut oil is recommended for dry skin. It has properties that aid your skin in retention of moisture. It contains antimicrobial properties that aid in medicating your cracked heels especially if they're susceptible to contraction of disease causing organisms. In applying it, you can use it throughout the night by soaking your foot in it or alternatively smearing it around the cracked heels.
Remember, before you kick-start the healing process, ensure the cause was natural but not due infections. Cracks caused due to infections should be attended to by a podiatrist.
Use of honey
As weird as it may seem, honey works as a remedy to heal heel fissures. In accordance to a 2012 review, honey contains antimicrobial properties that cause skin healing. Previous research also has it that honey can ratify the skin healing process, moisturize the skin and aid in wound healing. In using honey for this purpose, you can apply it by using it to scrub your feet after soaking your feet in warm water or you can alternatively apply it as a feet mask overnight.
Soaking your foot
The advantage that comes with soaking is that it does away with dead skin coalescing within the cracks. The heel cracks would always appear more dey as compared to the rest of the skin.
To soak your feet, submerge your feet in warm water for approval thirty minutes, scrub the cracks using a soft stone to eliminate the dry skin, slightly stroke your feet to eliminate any water it may hold, apply balm on your feet, apply some petroleum jelly on top of the balm layer to lock the moisture then finally wear socks. The socks are worn to prevent the spread of the jelly in areas you come into contact with.
Using a moisturizer
Since the primary cause for cracked heels is likely to be dry foot, using heel balms serves well when used as a first treatment option. The balm is endowed with ingredients that moisturizes and gets rid of the dead skins that are part and parcel of cracked heels. Always go for balms that contain moisturizer ingredients like salicylic acid. You should always avoid heel balms that cause you irritations when you apply them. Always seek medical attention of you have to apply them.
Wrapping a bandage
Application of liquid bandages is moreso beneficial in treatment of non superficial crack wounds. It works by covering the deep cracks hence shielding them from further infections. It's usually applied with a spray so that it doesn't fall off as one goes about his/her daily chores.
In applying a liquid bandage, first ensure the cracked heel is deficient of moisture and is clean. The coating will be extruded to the skin surface as the cracks heal. You can use that observation to tell whether your cracks have fully healed.
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