If you have cracked heels that are painful and unsightly to look at, it is high time you learnt the real cause behind it. There are a number of reasons why this happens right from standing for long hours to nutritional deficiencies. Dr Jaishree Sharad in her book Skin Talks lists down 10 such causes of cracked heels.
Walking barefoot: Yes doing this can give you cracked heels even if you do this in the house because your heels are exposed to dust and even water at times. This without any proper care can crack the heels.
Standing: Even if you wear shoes, you can get cracked heels if you stand for long hours at a stretch. This can worsen if the floor is hard.
Nutritional deficiency: If your body lacks calcium, iron, vitamin E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, you are likely to have cracked heels.
Chemicals: Exposure to soaps, detergents and even water can strip your skin of its natural oils which make your heels dry and they soon crack if you don t take care of them.
Improper foot care: If you don t pay attention to your feet, they respond by showing up with these problems. Cracked heels do not happen overnight, these take time to develop and if you have them, it is high time you start following a good foot care regimen. Here s a home remedy you can use.
Wrong posture: If you think slouching or hunching is bad only for your back, think again. Wrong posture and even wrong gait puts undue pressure on your heels and they soon develop cracks.