Cracked heels are more than a beauty problem. They can be painful and there’s a risk of bacteria entering the body through the cracks.
Anyone can get cracked heels, sometimes called heel fissures. Cracks can form for all sorts of reasons. There’s also a greater risk of cracked heels if you have diabetes.
The first thought when you notice cracked heels is something like “Yuk! My feet look old and awful!” which might send you scurrying to the pedicurist. But an unattractive appearance is just part of the problem. The deeper problem is the cracks themselves because they can provide bacteria with access to the body,
Looking After Heel Cracks Requires a Two-Pronged Approach:
- Regularly apply an emollient, to soften and moisturise the skin. Natural emollients include shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax.
- Use an antibacterial substance, to help prevent the spread of bacteria.
Recently released in New Zealand, Mānuka Oil Ointment is an ideal to help with cracked heels because it’s both an emollient and an antibacterial.
The star ingredient in Mānuka Oil Ointment is mānuka oil, which is naturally rich in β-triketones, a group of organic compounds that are high in antibacterial properties and beneficial against the prevention of the spread of harmful bacteria that live on the skin's surface. Along with mānuka oil, a mānuka ointment contains castor seed oil, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and shea butter.
How to Help Those Cracked Heels with ManukaRx® Ointment:
- Use ManukaRx twice a day – after your morning shower, then again at night.
- You can wear light cotton socks at night to ensure ointment doesn’t rub off on the sheets; alternatively, cover with a gauze pad secured with sticking plasters.
- Once cracks have improved, continue with the treatment two or three times a week to prevent reoccurrence.