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This article appeared in Emu's Zine, but was of one of our customers.
Dry, Cracked Winter Feet
by Myra Charleston
Dry cracking heels (xeorosis) is a condition of thickening and fissuring (cracking of the bottom part of the heels). In some cases the fissures can be quite deep, but difficult to see because of the dry skin built up around it. Usually the recommended course of action is to pumice off the dry, dead skin and use a combination of foot baths, lotions and foot pads to heal the fissures. The photos below document the latest episode of xeorosis experienced by a woman who has a history of dry, cracked winter feet.
This is a "before" shot of what the feet looked like prior to using emu oil at all. The heels were cracked, some of the fissures were quite wide and deep. The fissure on the upper left would "spot" blood on socks or stockings. We understand that the most painful fissure was the one on the far right. It was deep and when you walked the skin would flex. Emu oil was applied twice each day after this photo was taken. No other products were used and there was no abrasive removal of dead skin.
The subject continued to wear socks or stockings during the day but applied oil twice a day, when she dressed in the mornings and than again at bedtime. As can be seen from these photos, healing is already taking place. The fissure on the upper left is no longer bleeding.
By the fifth day, none of the wounds are painful, but they are still obvious.
By day eight the healing is almost complete, only two hairline cracks remain. The remaining cracks are to the far right, perhaps because the skin flexes so much when walking that it has been slower to heal.
By the twelfth day the healing is complete. There is still some rough skin, but it should be noted that a pumice stone was never used. Other than rubbing the area with a washcloth during bathing to remove softened dead skin, there was no other abrasive treatment.
In the past it has been usual for this subject to spend October through March fighting dry cracked skin, usually with varied results. Since she started using emu oil on her heels each evening before bed, she has not had any further problems with xeorosis. As of this writing, it has been two months since her abrasions have healed. The skin remains soft, there has been no further build up of dry skin and no more fissures.