[toc]Cracked feet are sign of improper care of feet as well as skin around the heel. The skin of heel; region tends to become dry under constant pressure and when not moisturized or oiled, resulting in cracking. For those, who regularly moisturize the heel area and still suffer from cracked feet, it could be deficiency of zinc and omega 3 fatty acids.
As feet are constantly used and pressurized throughout at the heel area, so dryness affect the most at these regions as compared to rest of the skin surfaces. In older individuals, cracked feet is a common occurrence as with age, when sebum production decreases leading to increased dryness and cracked feet. Cracked feet are not harmful, but if ignored they may develop into deep cracks or fissures that begin to bleed and pain.
Various Symptoms And Signs Of Cracking Feet
Lack of proper care develops certain signs and symptoms that demand attention before they can progress further towards more damaging route of cracking feet. With proper foot care, the cracked feet can be easily improved and healed.
The definite symptom of cracked feet is peeling off of the skin and one should avoid pulling off the dry skin that could damage the skin to which it is being attached.
In case, one needs to remove the long piece of peeled skin hanging there, it should be cut carefully with scissors or clipped away with a nail cutter.
Flaky Or Red Patches
Foremost symptoms appear in form of red or flaky patches and if, ignored can worsen the condition further. Dry skin can become more prone to dry infections and therefore, it’s essential to treat it at the earliest. Flaking between the toes can be the result of fungus infection of the feet.
Hardening Of Heel Area
When feet become extremely dry and deprived of moisture content, the skin tends to feel hard to touch and is the sign of approaching trouble of cracking feet. On massaging the hardened surface with oils and moisturizers, one can soften the skin and avoid feet from cracking.
Discharge Or Bleeding Of Cracks
Bleeding may happen from the cracked region indicating that cracks have been deepen and extended even to lower layers of the skin. This increases risk of skin infections, if not treated properly. Never attempt wearing closed shoes without socks as that can increase the infection risk and may develop yeast and fungal infections of the feet.
The abnormal shrinking of upper skin layers of the heel region of the feet may result in itchy skin. The excessive shrinkage leads to skin stretching beneath and around the cracked feet regions, leading to itchiness and discomfort.
For treating this itchy and cracked heel of the feet, one may first need to get rid of the upper skin layers.
Easy Solution For Curing Cracked Feet
Excessive dryness or callus formation can be treated at home with regular application of moisturizing lotions for 2 to 3 times in a day. One can make use of petroleum jelly or lanolin ointments and cover the feet with socks to reduce cracking of sole and heels. While bathing, gently scrub off the thick and dry dead skin layers with help of a pumice stone.