My daughter once told me that my feet looked like the desert. Kids can be so honest!!!
In the winter, everything dries out since it is so cold here. Especially my heels. They are such an important part of my body. That sounds funny, but seriously, if you can’t walk comfortably everything gets harder.
Winter isn’t the only time of year my feet suffer. By late summer my feet have taken a beating!! I’ve been outside constantly with sandals on most of the time. I do my best to moisturize and remove callouses, but inevitably I need something more intensive to treat my skin. This is my go-to foot spa treatment that really works!
Cracked heels not only look bad, they are also painful and can be dangerous since infections can easily form!
My husband has psoriasis and frequently develops small cracks in his skin. Last year he had a small crack in his thumb. One morning he woke up with his thumb feeling achy and stiff. He didn’t think much of it and thought perhaps he had injured it while at the gym the night before. By late afternoon, he was feeling a little sick and decided to take a nap. When we woke up, his thumb was very sore and we decided to take him in to urgent care.
By the time we got there, he had a fever of 102 and a red line streaking up his arm! He had to have emergency surgery to open up his thumb and remove the infection before it spread. He was lucky that the hand surgeon lived close to urgent care and hurried right over rather than admitting him to the hospital. Fortunately for him, they caught the infection, which turned out to be MRSA, before it did any real damage. Since then, our family doesn’t mess around with cracked skin!
Any broken skin can me an easy entry for nasty bacteria to enter. This foot spa helps heal cracked heels quickly and feels awesome in the process!!
This is best done at night right before you go to bed so that you can wear socks and a moisturizing cream that helps heal and lock in moisture.
- Soak your feet. Prepare a milk-water foot soak by mixing 1 cup of milk with 4 cups water that is as hot as you can stand. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes. The milk helps to soften and moisturize your feet.
- Use a foot scrub. I like to use this simple DIY foot scrub, but this is a good foot scrub too. (Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database gives it a rating of 1 out of 10). Use the scrub all over your feet paying special attention to any problem areas like heels and edges of your feet.
- Gently exfoliate using a pumice stone. This helps to further remove dead skin and calluses. If your callouses are really thick, you may even need to use a rasp to shave off dead skin.
- Rinse off your feet and gently pat dry. You don’t want to wash your feet with soap and remove the moisturizing oil that is found in foot scrubs.
- Apply a thick moisturizing cream. I like this salve (it’s for hands, but also works great on feet) and also this healing balm. (Both of these are rated 1 by EWG)
- Wear cotton socks to bed. Cotton allows your feet to breathe but the socks help the moisturizer to stay on your feet and work its magic!
If your skin is really broken, you might find that you have to do this several days for your feet to be healed.
How do you keep your feet healthy?? Share below…