Cracked feet are a popular foot issue among men and women. Cracked feet can be identified by the obvious cracks in the heel region of the foot, peeling skin, flaky patches, and sometimes bleeding. Cracked heels are also known as heel fissures. Excessive pressure on the feet pads make the feet want to expand sideways. As the skin, surrounding the sides of the feet are dry they crack and cause cracked heels. Appearances of dry cracked heels also indicate zinc and omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.
Causative factors for cracked feet:
- Diseases and Disorders-Athlete’s foot, Psoriasis, Eczema, Thyroid disease, Diabetes and some other skin conditions may also cause cracked heels.
- Being overweight can put a lot of pressure on the heel of a person’s foot.
- Skin condition/diseases such as diabetes, psoriasis or eczema, cause people to suffer from dry skin, and dry skin that is responsible for cracked feet.
- Dry skin or xerosis is one of the most common causes that lead to cracked heels.
- Hard floors may also cause cracks in the feet. Standing for prolonged periods in a damp area such as a bathroom can cause dry and cracked heels.
- Deficiency of vitamins, minerals and zinc
- Continuous exposure to water
- Surface on the skin are simple indicators of a faulty internal activity or an external abuse.
- Red or Flaky Patches on feet
- Peeling and Cracked Skin: This symptom generally follows the red or flaky skin. Peeling cracked skin is a definite sign of dry cracked heels and immediate measures must be taken to remedy the condition
- Itchy skin is caused by the abnormal shrinking of the upper layers of dry skin. This excessive shrinking causes the stretching of the skin below and around the affected areas and this results in general discomfort and itching.
- Bleeding or discharge from cracks in heels is a very serious problem as it indicates that the cracks not only affect the upper layers of the skin but also the lower layers of tissue. Deep cracks in the heels will also increase an individual’s risk of suffering from a skin infection in this area.
How to diagnose cracked feet?
A doctor can diagnose dry feet with a physical exam and by asking about the symptoms. Doctor may also want to test the for skin conditions and disorders. Blood and skin tests are used to rule out conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. Doctor will also inquire about your medical and family history.
How Homoeopathy helps to cure cracked feet?
Homoeopathy offers a long lasting solution to cracked feet by treating the causative dryness rather than trying to only heal the existent lesion. It treats the root cause of the disease or problem and heals naturally, reducing the likelihood of disease recurrence. Homeopathic medicines should logically be taken at the beginning itself because delaying the appropriate treatment will only cause the problem to get more chronic and take longer to treat Homoeopathic treatment believes in internal treatment and can give permanent cure to cracks. In Homeopathy, cracks are considered as an outburst of an internal disease, which should be treated internally. So, the internal Homoeopathy medicine is often the best natural option to stop recurrence of cracks by raising natural resistance and treating dry skin without any side-effects.
Commonly indicated Homoeopathic remedies:
Acid.nit: Crackling of feet with bleeding on washing. Foetid foot sweat causing soreness of toes.Cold, blue nails. Chill blains on feet and toes.Splincter like pains.
Petroleum: Cracked feet. Tips of fingers rough, cracked and fissured especially in winter. Cracks bleed easily. Tenderness of feet which are bathed in foul smelling sweat. Heat and burning of sole of feet. Feet burn and sensation as if frozen.
Grapitis:Cracked feet. Toe nails crippled. Stiffness and contracted of toes. Nails brittle crumbling and deformes.Painful and soreness of feet. Cracks or fissures in ends of fingers. Offensive foot sweat.
Other indicated remedies:Ant.crud, Carbo animalis, Hep.sulph, Nat.mur, Rhus.tox, Sulphur etc.