Cracked heels are a common occurrence that causes much discomfort for people. Cracked heels spring from a condition called xerosis. Xerosis is actually dryness of foot. Absence of moisture turns the foot excessively dry and rough and this leads to the development of cracks or fissures around the rim of the heel. The development of cracks is preceded by thickening of skin at the heel. The thick skin is known as calluses. It is a patch of thick, discolored skin, usually yellow or brown in color. Soon fissures or cracks become evident in the callus. The present study is the first to show a correlation between the ankle pattern in thermography (area of increased skin temperature extending to the ankle) and the presence of osteomyelitis in multiple DF patients. Furthermore, the positive predictive value of the ankle pattern was high, indicating the high validity of this finding. This result suggests that thermography is useful for screening for DF with osteomyelitis. But because of the "rules" our pastors can no loger offer that help to us.Â Even more than before, we must remember to pray and seek God's will. Soak your feet in a basin of warm water for 10-15 minutes. Then use pumice stone to scrub off the dead skin on your heel. After this, apply Vitamin E oil on the heels and wear a pair of soft cotton socks to seal in the oil coat. Repeat this remedy for few days at a stretch. You will surely notice a marked improvement in the condition of your heels. Simply soaking feet in warm salt water eases the pain and discomfort caused by cracked heels. It also keeps germs away, thereby preventing infection. Calluses under the feet are common sources of pain and frustration There is often a misconception about these can be treated, as many people assume they can simply be cut out. This article will discuss what actually can be done to provide treatment, and dispel some of the myths surrounding their treatment. The formation of calluses and resulting pain can be accelerated by high heeled shoes, shoes that are too small, obesity, abnormalities in the gait cycle, flat feet, high arced feet, bony prominences, and the loss of fat pad on the bottom of the foot that can occur with many medical problems such as arthritis and diabetes. You can also soak your foot in warm water and epsom salt for about 30 minutes. Do this thrice a day to soften the hard, thick skin. After soaking, dry your feet with a soft towel. Now apply a lotion containing aloe vera or use fresh aloe vera juice on your feet. Now, wrap your feet in a plastic bag, leave it for an hour. Remove the plastic bag and rub the corn surface with a pumice stone gently. This is one of the effective foot corn remedies. Nishide, K. "Result Filters." National Center for Biotechnology Information U.S. National Library of Medicine, 7 July 2009. Web. 20 July 2013. Wash your feet everyday and dry them thoroughly. Don't test bath water with your feet, the bath water might be too hot and cause a foot problem should your skin be scalded. Apply moisturizing lotion to the bottoms and tops of your feet after washing, but don't apply lotion between the toes. The natural moisture and darkness between toes combined with lotion creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Old age - elderly people have less fatty tissue in their skin, which can result in less padding and a higher risk of developing calluses, especially on the ball of their foot. What are the causes of corns and calluses? Corns are thickened areas of skin, that form as the skin’s natural defense mechanism against excessive pressure or friction. Thus areas of your feet that continuously rub against shoes or areas of your hands that are exposed to constant pressure from hand tools, that you might be using on job, at home or while gardening etc. themselves develop a layer of thick skin as a protection mechanism against further wear and tear. Give your affected hands or feet a warm soak in soapy water while taking a bath. This will soften out thick skin, which can then be removed using a pumice stone or washcloth. Routine podiatric visits are important in maintaining diabetic foot health, especially since during these visits, calluses and nails can be debrided to relieve any excessive pressure to the feet. Furthermore, routine visits can provide early warning signals of impending problems, as detailed in this article. Daily foot hygiene should be incorporated into diabetic foot care. This includes washing the feet and changing socks daily. Making sure that the foot has adequate moisture, which can be ensured by moisturing lotion. Be careful with over-moisturized feet for this may lead to the breakdown of skin.