I love gardening! But as I got older and my feet got drier, all the cracks in my heels were embedded with dirt. I would scrub and scrape and put on lotion and it would look good temporarily, but it always went back to dry skin and cracks. After a while, the cracks were becoming so deep they actually hurt. As I researched this, I found I wasn’t alone.
Diabetics, folks with weight problems, and the elderly, all have major health concerns related to cracks on the sole and heel becoming infected. I read in a 2010 podiatric journal that podiatrists are so stymied as to successfully treating this problem, they actually glue the cracks together. They also recommend wearing plastic bags on your feet to conserve moisture. I tried it once. It actually works, but it felt like my feet were in two miniature saunas. I believed there just had to be a better way!
I was in a nursery looking at gloves when I had the “AHA!” moment. If garden gloves kept the drying effect of dirt off my hands, then a glove for my foot would do the same thing. I used the already proven track record of nitrile coated garden gloves and morphed it into a sock. After a lot of medical advice and testing, it became a sock that created a moisture conserving chamber for the foot, keeping the foot soft, moist and crack free. It also kept dirt outside the sock.
After testing the prototype, my heel cracks disappeared, and have never returned. That was 5 years ago. These socks are not magic. If I don’t routinely wear them a couple of days a week, my skin begins to dry out naturally. But if I do wear them, my heels are baby soft all the time with no effort other than wearing a comfortable sock.