Dry, cracked feet are not only unsightly, but they can be painful as well. The causes of cracked feet range from obesity to dehydration. Even wearing shoes with open backs can lead to dry, cracked feet since there is no support for the fat pad at the bottom of the foot. Whether the cause is from one or a combination of these factors, you can help treat dry, cracked feet by giving them a foot soak, which helps promote circulation, adds moisture, and cleanses bacteria off the skin, preventing infection.
Use a pumice stone on your cracked heels while they are still dry. This will remove any excess dead skin so the water and salt can be more readily absorbed.
Fill a basin with warm water. Put enough to just cover your feet, and add 1/2 cup of Dead Sea or Epsom salt. Both types of salt help promote circulation to the feet, which will aid in healing.
Soak your feet for 10 minutes, then remove them one at a time and rub the cracked areas with the pumice stone for three minutes.
Put your feet back in the basin for another ten minutes. Upon removal, rub with the pumice stone once again.
Dry your feet thoroughly with a towel. Apply a moisturizer such as petroleum jelly, vegetable oil or olive oil to your feet. Massage the moisturizer into the cracked areas.
Put on a soft pair of thick cotton socks and leave on for at least an hour or overnight if possible.
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