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SALT LAKE CITY — The world of health and medicine can be confusing to many parents. But Nurse Suzy is here to help clarify some of the issues that are important to you and your family
This week's question: Do you have any easy suggestions for cracked heels
Answer: Because of the footwear we use, it is very easy to get cracked heels during the summer months. Some people also develop a dirty, black layer of skin on their feet.
I have an easy suggestion to treat these conditions, but first a word of caution: If you have diabetes, you need to be extra careful when it comes to the health of your feet. Consult your doctor for any treatment you want to try. If you do not pay attention to your foot health you run the risk of life and limb.
Treating cracked heels and blackened feet
An easy six-step solution:
- Put shaving cream on your feet.
- In a bucket or sink, combine equal parts warm water and Listerine.
- Soak a small hand towel in the solution of water and Listerine.
- While the shaving cream is still on your feet wrap the wet hand towel around your feet and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, use the towel to rub your feet. Some of the calloused and discolored skin will rub off.
- Apply a healthy amount of lotion to your feet.
Also, give your feet a break from sandals (don't wear them every day) and apply lotion to your heels nightly to reduce cracking.
You can only use this method once a week or your feet will become very sore. Remember, this technique literally takes off a layer of skin.
Treating sore or smelly feet
Soak your feet in 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cap-full of bleach. This takes the soreness out of your feet and kills bacteria that cause the smelly feet.
You can only use this method three times a week.
In general, please pay attention to your feet. It is very easy to get a foot infection due to the facts that they get little air, they sweat, and they are in limited space in a shoe to move.
Suzanne Carlile, "Nurse Suzy," has been a nurse since 1982. Her main focus is critical care and nursing education. She holds a master's degree in nursing, is a Certified Emergency Nurse, and a member of NNSDO Intermountain West Chapter.!(http://beacon.deseretconnect.com/beacon.gif? cid=14208&pid=4)