If you are
plagued with cracked, painful heel calluses, know that there are remedies that
almost always return heel skin to normal usually within three to six months.
For adults with heavy heel calluses it's safe to use
60,000 IU daily of Vitamin A (not beta-carotene) until the skin returns to
normal, and then cut back to a 25,000 1U daily "maintenance" dose. The best
absorbed type of vitamin A is a water soluble "micellized" form. Micellization
is a technique that turns the molecules of vitamin A into microscopic particles
that are much easier for your body to absorb. Micel-A, available at most
health food stores, is a good water soluble source of vitamin A.
If you have bleeding as well, add 30 milligrams of zinc
picolinate and 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil twice a day. Of course, whenever you
supplement with essential fatty acids, like flaxseed oil, you should always
accompany it with natural vitamin E. The vitamin E helps prevent the oil from
oxidizing too quickly in your body.
The best available source of natural vitamin
E is Cataplex E2 from Standard Process Labs. (Be sure to check out
my article, "How to
tell the difference between Natural and Synthetic Vitamin E" before
buying vitamin E from a drug store.
Once your heel skin returns to normal you can cut
back to "maintenance" dosages of zinc, flaxseed oil, and vitamin E, taking
them each just once a day rather than twice for as long as needed.
Meanwhile, there is an excellent product out there that I used and found to
work overnight to significantly improve my heel skin. It's called
Refresh Aromatherapy Foot Balm and costs less than $6. It's not a
permanent cure but it certainly can work miracles in a very short period of
time. I found my heel skin to be completely smooth in one week.