If you have been ignoring the abnormally hard, dry skin over the heels of the feet, it is time to pay more attention to it. Most people may not have taken cracked heels seriously or they prefer to attend to it when it causes discomfort. However, you should not neglect the condition.
Heel fissures or commonly known as cracked heels, has become a common foot problem. Caused by insufficient moisture, the sensitive skin on the bottom of the feet and heels becomes too dry and split open. It would lead to painful cracks on the heels.
According to the 2012 National Foot Health Assessment conducted for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, approximately 44 million people in the US, aged 21 and above, have experienced cracked skin on their feet. The problem was more prevalent among women, who experienced the condition at a rate more than 50% higher than males. It was reported in The Star’s article, ‘Dealing With Cracked Heels’ that thousands of Malaysian women also suffered from rough and cracked heels.
Understanding The Causes Of Cracked Heels
- Lack of moisture: The skin underneath the feet is dry and rough because it has small number of sweat glands. There is high possibility of one experiencing cracked feet if the skin is hard and dry. The skin loses its elasticity due to the lack of moisture.
- Nutritional deficiencies: A diet that is deficient in zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, and Omega-3 fatty acids can cause cracks on the heels and skin. The lack of nutrients may deter the skin from carrying its function to remain soft and supple.
- Pressure: Prolonged walking or standing on hard grounds may contribute to the development of cracked feet. The risk increases if one wears the improper footwear. Wearing footwear that is properly padded in the heel and sole areas would provide the extra support and mitigate frictions that cause cracked heels.
- Skin disorders: Skin disorders like Athlete’s foot, psoriasis and eczema can possibly cause cracked heels. The conditions would increase skin dryness that leave the skin vulnerable which make the heels more susceptible to cracks, especially after constant scratching.
- Aging: The feet lose the ability to withstand and absorb pressure as age catches up. The older feet become less springy as the tendons which hold the arches together lose their stretch. This reduces the ability of the foot to absorb impact and may contribute to cracked heels.
The Symptoms Of Cracked Heels
Besides knowing the causes of cracked heels, it is also important to know the symptoms to prevent the condition from deteriorating. One of the signs of cracked feet is the formation of thick, discoloured callus tissue on the feet. This may cause pain when one carries out daily routines like walking or running.
Without proper treatment, the continuous pressure may cause the dry skin to peel off. Then, the heels would redden with breaks that would lead to bleeding. If leaves untreated, it may cause an infection or severe inflammation.
Treating Cracked Heels With Ellgy Plus Cracked Heel Cream
Ellgy Plus Cracked Heel Cream is one of the products that are currently available in the market to treat cracked heels effectively. Its unique formula works effectively by providing moisturizing system that works on and below the surface of the skin to treat dry cracked heels.
Clinically proven with visible results within 3 days, Ellgy Plus Cracked Heel Cream contains saccharide isomerate that is able to main deep hydration in the skin for more than 3 days. The water-binding agent attracts moisture to the skin. Ellgy Plus Cracked Heel Cream also contains portulaca extract, a natural source of essential fatty acids which helps to strengthen the epidermal lipid layer so that the moisture is then sealed into the skin to maintain natural moisturising effect. These are natural plant ingredients that keep the skin moisturised better and longer.