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Are you, (or someone you know) dealing with, and suffering fom cracked heels?
If so, the following information and links may interest you!

Cracked Heels, Callus and Heel Fissures

Dry, cracked heels can not only be unsightly, but can often be source of pain and embarrassment. The good news is that baby smooth heels are achievable with a little elbow grease and help from your podiatrist. Most minor cracked heels are able to be treated at home but for the best results our podiatrist's can remove the dead skin from your feet leaving them soft, smooth and ready for sandals.

What are Cracked Heels?

Cracked heels are caused by cracking or splitting of the skin. This splitting may be due to dryness or thickening of the skin (callus) that cracks and breaks under pressure.

When the skin around the heels becomes thickened or dry, it looses it's suppleness and elasticity, and can split under simple pressures such as that from walking. This can lead to unsightly, painful and even bleeding cracked heels. This can further be made worse in people who have a large fatty pad on the sole of their feet, which under pressure requires more elasticity in the skin to expand without cracking. Other causes of increased pressure includes prolonged standing, pregnancy or excess weight.

Causes of Cracked Heels:

- Walking around barefooted or in footwear such as thongs, sling or open backed sandals which drys out the feet 
- Long standing at work or home, especially on hard floors
- Increased weight which causes increased pressure on the heels causing callus. With increased weight the heel is also required expand more and hence can often crack more.
- Ill fitting shoes or sandals that don't support the heels from expanding sideways under pressure. 
- Unhygienic circumstances or conditions as well as fungal infections/tinea
- Unhealthy, dry scaly skin that can be caused by climate, such as low humidity during dry summers or cold winters
- Deficiency of vitamins, minerals, zinc and malnutrition.

Medical Causes of Cracked Heels

These conditions can lead to drying of the skin: 
- Diabetes where autonomic neuropathy leads to less sweating and thus less moisture
- Thyroid problems
- Dermatitis caused by Tinea / Athletes feet
- Venous stasis dermatitis 
- Downs syndrome 
- Kidney disease or taking diuretics 
- Lymphoma
- Psoriasis & Eczema

Note: in the elderly, callused or cracked heels may be a sign of increased pressure and can be a precursor to a bed sore. These cases should be assessed by a podiatrist before commencing any at home treatments.

Podiatry Treatments:

The quickest way to baby smooth heels is to visit your podiatrist who can safely pair away the dead skin leaving you with healthy and flauntable feet. They can also provide you with information on what sort of creams are best for your skin type as well as rule out more serious reasons as to why your skin might by dry and cracking.

In addition to cleaning the dead dry skin from your heels for you, your podiatrist may also be able to treat the underlying causes to your cracking as well as giving you the right advice on how to keep your heels in great condition.

Simple treatments you can do at home include:

- Using a heel balm or oil based moisturiser twice daily. Using a heel balm in the morning is very important as it increases the elasticity of the skin on your heels before you get moving for the day and assists in decreasing the occurrence of cracks. If you don't like the feeling of a heel balm on your feet, just try using a small amount around the rims of the heels and on cracked areas only or use a heel balm stick. This will mean less greasiness on your feet and less chance of slipping so you'll barely know its on there! Our favourite heel balm is pedicare which is available in clinic at Podantics as well as specialty shops such as thefootshop.com.au. We like this heel balm as its locally made and less irritating than some of the larger companies. If you don't like getting your hands dirty then try a stick heel balm such as heel magic as its quick and simple to apply.

- A pumice stone or a foot file (like a giant emery board) can be used to reduce the thickness of the hard skin in less severe cases. In more severe cases you may need the help of a podiatrist. Podiatrist's can remove the thick layer of the heel callus fairly simply. This may be done regularly, or if you are willing to put the work in, it can give you a kick start in the right direction. Try using a foot file on both wet and dry feet to see which one works better with your skin type!

- If cracks start to bleed apply an antiseptic to prevent infection and keep clean with a dressing as needed.

- Wear closed in shoes and good socks when you can.

- Drink plenty of water to keep you and your the skin hydrated.

- In some cases wearing heel cups in your shoes may help. Heel cups made of silicon can help to keep your feet moist and stop the heel pad from expanding excessively.

- If very painful and bleeding, your podiatrist can teach you how to strap cracked heels together with a rigid sports tape to 'hold' the cracks together while they heal.


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Cracked heels are an issue that plenty of people have to deal with and not a single person enjoys. Having cracked heels, otherwise known as heel fissures, is a persistent inconvenience that is hard to deal with. Since there are so many ways to trigger them, almost anybody is vulnerable. Regular sandal use, poor hygiene, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies are just a few of the many ways people develop cracked heels.

If you have developed cracked heels and experience dry and flaky skin you know how problematic and uncomfortable it can be. The itching and unsightly appearance has inspired people who have this issue to search everywhere for a suitable remedy to their problem. The use of natural solutions has proven to be an effective and safe way to alleviate the symptoms of cracked heels.

Cooking Oils

Rubbing cooking oil on your feet? I’m aware that some of these might sound a little crazy at first but don’t knock it until you try it. Believe it or not, you can use multiple household cooking oils to effectively treat your cracked heels. Some of the more popular choices are sesame, coconut, vegetable, and olive oil.

First you should make sure that you clean off the affected area as much as possible. Remove any excess skin or flakes with a tool like a pumice stone. After your heels are nice and clean, use a cotton ball to evenly spread a generous amount of oil on the dry skin. For the best results, try doing this regularly before bed.

Banana and Avocado

In case you were wondering, yes every item on this list is completely edible. What can you trust more than something that is also good for you to eat? For this treatment, you will need a whole ripe banana and half of an avocado.

Slice the banana up into a blender or food processor and then scoop in the avocado. Blend up the ingredients until you have a nice thick paste. If necessary, you can add a splash of water to help it blend better. Gently rub the paste on to your heels and leave it on for about 15 minutes. When the time is up, wash off your feet with some warm water.

Honey

This treatment for cracked heels is one of the most popular thanks to its effectiveness and ability to promote soft and healthy skin. Honey can provide your feet with moisturizing benefits as well as antibacterial properties.

Mix a few tablespoons of honey with a small bucket of warm water. After stirring the water and making sure the honey is completely dissolved, immerse your feet into the bucket. Let your feet soak in the mixture for about 20 minutes then gently pat them dry. Another option is to apply honey directly over the cracked heels. Then put socks to cover the heels and leave for few hours. You can find here another great ways to use honey for your health.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is used in many different natural health remedies because of its high acidic levels. It can effectively soften your skin and help treat cracked heels. To some people the citrusy smell is quite pleasant and therapeutic as well.

There are two ways you can use lemon juice to treat cracked heels. Some people prefer to apply it directly to the skin with a cotton ball. Others mix the juice with warm water and soak their feet in the mixture for up to 15 minutes. Most of the remedies on this list require you to gently pat dry your feet. This is much better for dry skin since rubbing with a towel can irritate the area and be detrimental to your treatment.

Aloe vera

You can apply fresh aloe vera gel after soaking your feet in lukewarm water. Wear socks and leave for few hours or do it before going to sleep at night. Find here the best uses of aloe vera for healthy skin.

Bid Farewell to Dry Heels

We all know cracked heels are far from pleasant. You don’t have to let them make you uncomfortable or insecure about exposing your feet. If you are persistent and patient with the above mentioned treatments, you will eventually see real results in treating your heel fissures. You can rest easy knowing that the ingredients are completely natural and safe for even the most fragile skin. I mean look at them, the list practically looks like a baking recipe! Give one of these natural remedies a try and say goodbye to the inconvenience of dry heels.

Using honey is not only a popular treatment for cracked heels, but also a very popular for treating the delicate skin on our face. Click here to learn how to make great and easy homemade honey face masks:

Cracked heels look embarrassing, and they may also develop into painful openings and fissures if left untreated. In the beginning, you take your dehydrated feet as a minor nuisance, but before you'd even know, it would lead to problems like ulcerations and fungal infections. So it's important to treat these minor foot problems to ensure they don't escalate into annoyingly big issues. You should pay attention to foot care even more if you have diabetes. Know the symptoms to ensure you take measures before it becomes serious. Here's more about how to heal cracked heels.

Symptoms and Causes of Cracked Heels

You need to learn about the symptoms and causes of cracked heels to be able to identify the most effective cracked heel treatment for you.

Symptoms of Cracked Heels

Dry feet are usually the first symptom of cracked heels and that's why there will be some additional symptoms, such as redness, itchiness, rough skin, cracks in the feet, peeling skin, and rashes. The symptoms tend to become worse in winter months.

Causes of Cracked Heels

You have dry feet and cracked heels because of insufficient moisture in your skin. It could happen when you take excessive hot showers, use soaps that are non-moisturizing, have low humidity levels in your office or home, and have medical conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, thyroid diseases or diabetes. Cold weather, long periods in the sun, and aging may also cause cracked heels.

How to Deal With Cracked Heels

1

Try a Heel Balm

Apply a heel balm twice daily to moisturize your heels. Bear in mind that if you dab some heel balm on the cracked heels in the morning, it can increase your heel skin's elasticity and help decrease the occurrence of new cracks so as to get you better prepared for a day's activity. If the existence of a heel balm discomforts you, use some balm on the rims of your heels and for the affected area use a heel balm stick instead to reduce the greasy feeling and make it less slippery.

2

Try Banana Paste

Thanks to their moisturizing properties, ripe bananas can be one of the cheapest yet effective home remedies to treat your cracked heels. Mash a banana to make a smooth paste. Lean your feet thoroughly, apply this paste on your feet and let it stay for 15 minutes. Use warm water to wash your feet and then put your feet in cold water for 5 minutes or so to restore smooth and soft heels.

3

Soak with Lemon Juice

The lemons are acidic, and they can work amazingly well to soften rough skin and prevents cracking. Make a mixture of lemon juice and warm water, and soak your feet in it for 15 minutes. Then use a pumice stone to scrub your heels and dry it with a towel. But don't use hot water.

4

Apply Vegetable Oil

You can use a variety of vegetable oils to avoid and treat cracked heels. Coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, and other hydrogenated vegetable oil work just fine.

Before you apply the oil, be sure to dip your feet in soapy water and then scrub to remove dead skin cells. Then dry your feet properly before applying vegetable oil. Use the oil before going to bed and put on a pair of clean socks.

5

Use Petroleum Jelly

You can improve your cracked heels by using petroleum jelly. First, scrub the dead skin cells using a pumice stone. Then apply petroleum jelly on your heels and put on your socks to cover your feet. Do it daily to see improvements. You can make petroleum jelly more effective by mixing a teaspoon of lemon juice to it.

6

Wax Your Feet

You may consider going for a paraffin wax treatment if your cracked heels are really bad and hurt a lot. Avoid using this remedy if you have poor circulation or are diabetic. Simply melt a block of paraffin wax and add a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil or mustard oil. Then let it cool off until you notice a thin layer forming on the top. Place your feet inside the mixture and get it out after 10-15 seconds, and dip again. Do this multiple times until you have several layers of wax on your heels. Finally, use a plastic sheet to cover your feet for half an hour before peeling off the wax.

7

Shower with Care

Take special care of your cracked heels after you've taken a shower like applying petroleum jelly or moisturizer. It is even better to skip a shower when you have cracked heels because water outside the body will robe your body of moisture and oil. If you really have to take a bath, opt for lukewarm water instead of a toasty-hot bath to avoid drying out your skin.

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Other Treatments for Cracked Heels

  • Wear closed-in shoes with custom insoles to redistribute pressure abnormalities

  • Try an antiseptic if your cracks open up or start to bleed

  • Drink as much water as you can to keep your body and skin hydrated

  • If you can avoid steam baths and saunas

  • Consider wearing silicone heel caps in your shoes to keep your feet moist

  • Try bandages to make moisturizing agents more effective by preventing the loss of moisture

  • To protect cracked feet by using oatmeal-based cleanser to clean feet as well as moisturize and soothe the skin.

  • Try your best to avoid use a heater at home. Instead use a humidifier to add some moist to the air.

The following video will help you learn more about some natural remedies for your cracked heels that you can prepare in your own kitchen:

Three Parts:Understanding The CausesRecognizing The SymptomsTreating The Condition

Think of your feet as your physical base; they're what keep you up and running. So if you're like most people, and don't think your feet need consistent care, think again. Cracked heels are one of the most common foot issues that can arise if you don't pay proper attention. But don't despair, baby soft foot skin is just one article away. Read on to learn more about how to get rid of annoying cracked skin around the heels.

Three Parts:Understanding The CausesRecognizing The SymptomsTreating The Condition

Think of your feet as your physical base; they're what keep you up and running. So if you're like most people, and don't think your feet need consistent care, think again. Cracked heels are one of the most common foot issues that can arise if you don't pay proper attention. But don't despair, baby soft foot skin is just one article away. Read on to learn more about how to get rid of annoying cracked skin around the heels.

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Part 1 of 3: Understanding The Causes

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    Notice your skin's elasticity. The skin around your heels is prone to dryness which can be exacerbated by improper care. When the skin becomes too dry, it loses much of its elasticity. This can result in cracked heels, and other ailments, over time[1].
    • Dry, flaky skin can be a result of climate, such as very dry summers and/or cold winters.
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    Beware of excess weight. Being overweight, or pregnancy, can cause severe calluses. Increased weight intensifies pressure on the feet, particularly on the heels, and this frequently results in one or more calluses.
    • Keep in mind that the extra weight requires more expansion of the heel, which usually results in cracking or splitting of the skin through the callus.
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    Avoid certain types of shoes to prevent foot pain and problems. Sticking with certain kinds of footwear, or no footwear at all, can dry out the skin around the heel[2].
    • Thongs, open backed or sling sandals are frequently the culprits.
    • High heels can also cause heel discomfort and dryness.
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    Try to avoid standing at work, or at home, for extended periods of time. This can cause harm to your heels and feet in general[3].
    • Hard floors can be detrimental your feet's health so try to wear orthopedic footwear.
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    Know about your genes. Your genetics have a rather large impact on your skin, including the skin on your feet. Dry skin, and wrong footwear, won't necessarily result in cracked heels for everyone. But it might happen rather quickly if you're genetically predisposed[4].
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    Be aware of your general health. Diabetes, for example, can decrease the moisture supply to the body, therewith resulting in more overall dryness.
    • Thyroid problems have also been known to cause cracked heels.
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Part 2 of 3: Recognizing The Symptoms

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    Look for dry skin on and around your heels. The skin will look dry (much like the skin on the rest of your body), but it can also show signs of yellow and/or brown discoloration.The dryness and different skin color will be particularly obvious along the inside border of the heel[5].
    • Your heel's skin will be quite to very rough to the touch, and might even become sharp. In other words, you skin might have lost so much moisture that it could rip light textures apart.
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    Pay attention to any pain or discomfort in your feet. Your feet, and especially heels, might hurt a little to a lot when you stand, walk, or run. The pain usually subsides when the weight is taken off of the feet.
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    Be aware of calluses forming on your heels. In some cases, you might notice a callus forming around the inside border of the heel. A callus is basically an accumulation of dry skin, which manifests as thickening of the skin.
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    Look out for blood or bleeding around your heels. In advanced cases, you might notice blood around the heel area or in your socks. Examine your heels for signs of dry skin and cracking[6].
    • If you know you suffer of diabetes or thyroid diseases, consult your physician right away. #Make sure to inspect your feet on a daily basis for any changes in the skin and nail tone.
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Part 3 of 3: Treating The Condition

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    Get a hold of an oil based moisturizer and/or heel balm and apply it daily.Ideally you should apply moisture to your feet twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed[7].
    • Using a creme or balm in the morning is crucial. Remember, you need to increase the skin's elasticity before you start using your feet so that existing dry skin doesn't get worse (and potentially preventing new dry skin from forming).
    • Use a foot balm right before going to bed and put on soft socks to seal in the moisture. You can also just apply the balm or cream; adding the socks simply aids in additional hydration.
    • Don't like to get your hands greasy? No worries. Nowadays there are a variety of products, tailored to various needs and tastes. Try a gel, or creme in stick form to avoid stickiness on your hands completely.
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    Use a pumice stone, or foot file, every day in the shower. A pumice stone works to shave off dry skin, leaving your heels much softer. Keep in mind, the pumice stone or foot file will work well for mild cases of dry skin.
    • Soaking your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes will soften the skin, making the pumice stone more effective.
    • Try using the foot file on your feet when they're dry and wet. This will give you an idea of what condition most readily responds to this treatment.
    • Follow both treatments with a moisturizer.
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    Apply an antiseptic to avoid infection of the skin if the cracks or skin start to bleed. Keep a dressing on it, and change it at least twice a day until bleeding stops completely[8].
    • Always wash your hands before touching an open would, or the cracks in the skin.
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    Use a heel cup to better distribute the weight on your heel. A cup will prevent the fat pad on your heel from expanding sideways. It can be a highly effective preventative and curative measure if worn daily.
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    Try to stick to closed shoes and high-quality socks. Remember that open-toed and open backed shoes and sandal can wreak havoc on your heels. Sticking to high quality socks and shoes can greatly improve your skin's condition[9].
    • Flip flops are great at the pool, and during the summer, but try to avoid making these a year-round habit.
    • Women should limit the use of heels higher than 3 inches.
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    Try losing some weight if you're not in a healthy range. Excess weight has a multitude of drawbacks, and burdening your feet is one them. Reducing the pressure on your heels can do wonders for the skin around them.
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    Visit your podiatrist. If your condition doesn't show signs of improvement with the aforementioned treatments it might be time to visit a healthcare professional. S/he will recommend personalized treatments for your condition.

 

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common problem affecting men and women all over the globe. Cracks on the soles can develop on one, or both feet. This affliction is more common in those who are elderly. You may also suffer from cracked heels if you exert an excessive amount of pressure on the soles of your feet, over a prolonged period of time. This problem may worsen during the winter months, or if you live in dry climates.

People often regard cracked heels as a sign of inadequate foot care and hygiene. However, there are several different factors that could lead to the development of fissures or lesions on the heels. At times, heel cracks may also be an indication of certain nutritional deficiencies.

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For many, the appearance of cracks on the heels is nothing more than an embarrassment or an inconvenience. However, at times these fissures could cause you to experience an immense amount of pain. This could make it difficult for you to stand, walk or wear certain kinds of footwear. Left unchecked, cracked heels can also start bleeding or get infected. Therefore, it is important to try and control this problem as early as possible. Fortunately, most cases of cracked heels can be easily treated with the help of simple remedies and self-care measures. Alternately, you could also consult a dermatologist or a podiatrist for medical treatment options.

Symptoms of Cracked Heels

It could take several days or even weeks for cracks on the heels to develop completely. In fact, by recognizing the early signs of fissures on the heels you may be able to prevent or at least control them to some extent. You will know that you are about to develop heel cracks if you notice symptoms like:

Do consult your doctor in case you experience any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above. As the cracks on the heels continue to develop, you may also notice bleeding, white discharge or signs of an infection.

Causes of Cracked Heels

You are probably aware of the fact that the skin on your heel is thicker than the rest of your foot. Therefore, you need to moisturize it often and thoroughly, in order to keep it healthy and supple. For any reason, if the skin covering the heel becomes excessively dry, the lack of moisture in the area will cause the upper layer of the skin to lose flexibility. As a result, the skin on the heel starts to split and crack.

What Causes Cracked Heels?

There are several different factors that can cause you to develop cracks on your heels. Some of the most common causes of this problem include:

Though it is not very common, some people may also develop cracks on the heels because of nutritional deficiencies. You may notice heel fissures as reaction to the lack of Iron, Calcium, Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids and Zinc.

Most people do not try to identify the causes of cracks on the heels. However, some causes of cracked heels are more serious than the others and need to be addressed by a doctor. Therefore, do consult your family doctor or a dermatologist about this problem, before you try to resolve it on your own.

Remedies for Cracked Heels

Fortunately, most cases of cracked heels can be reversed completely, with the help of simple home remedies and lifestyle changes.

How to Heal Cracked Heels?

The first step in treating cracked heels is getting rid of the excessive dryness in the skin. In order to do this, you need to apply an oil-based cream or moisturizer on your dry cracked heels at least twice a day. For best results, you should

You should notice a significant improvement in the cracks after following this exercise twice a day for a week. However, it is best to continue this routine regularly even after the cracks disappear.

Given below are a few remedies and self-care measures that will help you care for cracked heels at home

These home cures for cracked heels are quite safe; however, it is best to check with a doctor before trying any of them. Do check with a doctor in case you do not see any improvement in your dry cracked heels even after using these remedies for a week.

Diet for Cracked Heels

There is no specific diet that you need to follow while treating cracked heels. However, since certain nutritional deficiencies can lead to the formation of cracks on the heels, it is best that you follow a diet that is high in:

Never make any changes to your diet without first checking with your health care provider. It is also essential to follow a diet that provides your body with the right balance of all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Suggestion for Cracked Heels

Preventing dry and cracked heels is much easier than trying to cure them. Given below are a few suggestions that could keep your heels from developing cracks:

While these tips are quite safe if followed correctly, do check with your doctor, before trying any of them.

Cracked Heel:

• Cracked heel is the result of neglect and lack of moisturizing of the heels
• The heels develop deep cuts which may become painful

Symptoms to look for:

• Red or flaky patches on the heels are the first signs
• Cracks on skin which may bleed

Causes:

• Feet expand sideways due to excessive pressure. Cracks may develop due to:
   o Dry skin
   o Zinc and omega-3 fatty acid deficiency

Natural home remedy using bananas:

1. Crush ripe bananas to make paste
2. Apply this paste on the cracks
3. Leave it for 10 min
4. Wash off with water
5. Do this every day

Natural home remedy using margosa leaves and turmeric powder:

1. Crush a handful of margosa leaves to make paste
2. Add 3 tsp turmeric powder
3. Mix well 
4. Apply the paste on cracks
5. Leave it for 30 min
6. Wash off with water
7. Dry with a soft cloth
8. Do this twice everyday

Natural home remedy using lemon:

1. Cut a lemon into half
2. Rub the lemon on your feet
3. Squeeze the lemon and apply the juice while rubbing
4. Continue rubbing for 5 min
5. Lightly scrub feet with a loofah or soft brush
6. Wash feet with water
7. Lemon juice is mildly acidic and helps remove dead skin cells.

Tips:

• Avoid wearing sandals with open backs as these facilitate sideways    
  expansion of feet causing cracks
• Do not stand barefoot in damp areas for long time as this can make the   skin dry

These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist.  Refer to the terms of use.

 

 

   


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