Pretty feet are possible.

One Heel Of a Product

Pretty feet are possible.

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Most of us love to slip into a pair of cool sandals or flip flops once the weather turns nice. If you have unsightly heels, though, you might not be so gung-ho to show off those deep cracks. There are some medical conditions that can cause heel fissures – namely, underactive thyroid or certain types of neuropathy, but for the majority of us, it comes from the type of footwear we’ve chosen – specifically, flip flops and other shoes that provide no support for our heels. While you might have never had any problems with your heels cracking as a teenager, or in your 20s or even 30s, the time will come when your skin is no longer as supple, coupled with the non-supportive shoes that most of us tend to favor in the summer, will lead to the cracks. Imagine it this way, you step into a pair of  backless sandals, your toes gripping ever so slightly, and you go about your daily activities, with your feet sometimes sliding sideways. If you spend enough time standing, and/or your feet aren’t incredibly supple, and you wear said shoes, you will not always step  appropriately, pushing the fat pad of your heel sideways, encouraging it to crack eventually. I have suffered from dry heels since age 31. All the lotion in the world couldn’t heal them, no matter the quality of the product or the frequency of application. I finally decided to get serious and began researching and testing – because, of course, there was no way that I was about to wear closed shoes (and socks…are you kidding me?) with my favorite skirts and other summertime outfits. It took lots of testing to find just the right consistency of oils, beeswax, and plant material to promote skin healing. I also threw in some black walnut hull to discourage any fungus that might be lurking from walking on a gym floor, or from trying on a pair of shoes that is harboring the fungus of the last person. As the adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Testers have given this solid lotion stick several months of use, and the consensus is that their feet are better for having used the stick. As always, no claims are made here, but I will report that my feet don’t snag on my socks any longer, and they do not hurt; there is no reason for them to as they are no longer cracked. The “lotion” is in a twist-tube.  I apply it after a shower or bath. My feet do not feel greasy after application, so there is no need to don socks if I am headed straight to bed. Regarding the scent, well, I have loaded this stick with the best essential oils for healing (or is that heeling?), but peppermint oil is the predominant (or top) note. We’re finally taken our Handmade Lotion Stick (label says PAMPER YOUR FEET) to the street (ok, to Fulton Street Farmers’ Market and  Muskegon Farmers’ Market). If you’re interested in trying this for yourself, stop in to see us, Fridays and Saturdays, respectively, or find the tubes at Fruitbasket Flowerland, or on our site, http://applecountrysoap.com.

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