How to Take Care of Dry, Cracked Feet by Angela Dorris
When we run, most of the force that propels us forward, is absorbed by our feet. When our feet are in good condition, we can run comfortably without extra effort. But when our feet are cracked and blistered, it can make even walking miserable. Aching feet may sweat, peel, and itch and they may end up stinking.
Unfortunately, many runners do not properly care for their feet. This is strange when you consider how important feet are to anyone who is participating in this activity. Most runners will take the time to stretch out their muscles, maintain proper form and carb-loading their muscles, but don’t give a second thought to their feet.
The first step in maintaining the health of your feet is to select the right shoes. The main criteria should be fit, not brand. Many foot problems can be caused by ill-fitting shoes. Wearing the wrong size can make your feet numb and lead to calluses and blisters. If the shoes are not long enough you can get black toenails. If the shoe is too narrow, it can lead to corns, calluses, bunions and pinched nerves. If your shoe is too wide, your foot will move around, which can create friction, which may lead to blisters.
Unfortunately, if you wear anything other than a standard shoe size, you may not be able to buy your shoes at many shoe stores. The selection of narrow or wide shoes are limited to a few brands and models. Small and large shoe sizes may also be difficult to locate. If you wear orthotics or have a high arch, you may need shoes with depth which is not easy to find and you should shop at a specialty running store.
Dry feet are a common issue with many runners. Without proper care, dry feet can crack which can be painful. Cracked feet are prone to infection because the openings in the skin can become an entry point for bacteria. If you experience cracking, seek natural treatment solutions and products that can help relieve some of the discomfort.
Your feet need moisturizer to combat the dryness. You can lock in moisture with petroleum jelly or moisturizing cream. Wear soft cotton socks to protect your feet from dry air. Apply lotion, or vegetable oil, throughout the day. If you are consistent, you will notice an improvement.
To keep cracked feet clean, wash them every day with antibacterial soap. Pat your feet dry with a soft, dry towel. It’s important to keep your feet clean in order to prevent infection and bacterial growth.
A pumice stone can be used to remove dead skin and soften areas of hard skin that may be prone to cracking. Use the pumice on dry skin, before you wash your feet. If you feel pain while using the pumice, stop immediately.
Soak your feet in lemon juice, which is a skin softener. You should do this at least once a week for 10 minutes, however, there is no limit on how often you can do this treatment.
Water is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you are drinking enough pure water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can act as a diuretic and can end up drying out your skin and exacerbating your condition. Most people require a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily.
If you have dry skin, you may notice peeling and flaking. Don’t try to remove this dead skin by cutting it with scissors. You may cause damage to the area by cutting away too much and this also leaves the area open to infection. If you have attempted to heal your cracked feet and dry skin, but don’t see an improvement, you should consult a podiatrist or your doctor.
Angela Dorris is a professional in the beauty industry and the owner and manufacturer of Enji Happy Care and Enji Prime – effective callus removal systems for your feet. Learn more about these amazing products and discover effective tips for obtaining beautiful feet by visiting Enji-Prime.com.