If you see the picture above you know what i mean.
It is usual to see pretty women with repulsive YUCK cracked heels, and average looking women with dainty heels.
It is NOT a cosmetic problem, as most men find their heel fissures VERY painful, especially in cold weather when the thick skin gets hard, fissures start bleeding and start getting infected.
-- the whole planet has dived into CURE, with not a single thought given to PREVENTION.
Did some wise bird not tweet , that prevention is better than cure?
-- the most cerebral cure experts can find is to put some moisturising cream ---which is again a cure.
Thousands of pedicure clinics survive on keeping this situation alive, and they laugh all the way to the bank.
-- the same way all dentists will be most unhappy , if all in town have healthy teeth.
Or a cardiologist would think of moving out of town, if all have healthy hearts.
Thick skin ALWAYS occurs at the "outer edge" part of the heels --
It is because this area is a pressure point, when you sleep on the bed with face up. This causes skin callus.
Now matter how often you scrap off the thick dry skin in this area, cracks soon comes back, like a bad penny.
Whenever there is PRESSURE POINT ON THE FEET, a callus will develop, due to lack of blood circulation and sweat pores.
FOR PREVENTION--TRY SLEEPING WITH YOUR FACE DOWN OR ON YOU SIDES.
-- for folks who keep coming face up automatically during the sleep, try over hanging your heels two inches off the bed.
--or use a VERY soft bed.
-- or make a one inch depression in your hard mattress ( back problem party ) for your heel to snugly sink into --
avoid wearing open back chappals, especially if you are obese.
now let me talk about a different type of callus--
the one of the forehead of Muslims.
25 years ago i had a young 17 year old cadet being brought into my cabin , for introduction-- by the third mate who was also a Muslim.
I did NOT feel that the equation was right, as the 2nd ship Cadet was being given unwarranted respect by the third mate.
I noticed the USUAL black callus on his forehead, i asked the boy in an innocent " what it that black mark on your forehead ". In Calicut where there is a large Muslim population, I knew what this mark was.
After years of doing Namaz prayer, by the forehead touching the hard ground or prayer mat, at the same pressure point, thousands of times, some get skin callus, some get skin allergy.
The callus can be similar to the shin on your elbow. The allergy is similar to the ones people with specs get on their nose at the bridge.
The third mate immediately responds " It is a Namaz prayer mark ".
I commented " You don't have to be his mouth piece too. At this tender young age of 17, it is NOT possible to get such a callus skin mark, or even an allergy spot. I suspect that you have put some acid, or rubbed with stone at that spot "( this is the age of stone washed jeans ).
I knew this , because in Egypt, young men do it, as a fashion. They call it the ZEBIBA patch. They circumvent a lifetime of devotion by an pious old man to Allah, by a simple acid and limestone stone procedure.
It was commonplace to hear " On the day of the judgement, this black forehead callus mark makes all the difference, and a white fluorescent light will emanate form the spot". They got pretty girls to marry, from high families too.--
" After all Islamic character is something, right? "
The young cadet and third mate immediately took offence.
Here was a Hindu infidel captain trying to belittle Islamic traditions. Both boys took an indignant cocky stance.
So i went into my bed room , took out my Talcum powder ( Yardley -- used on my arm pits ) and I sprinkled the white powder liberally on the cabin floor.
And then i told the cadet " I will give you a chance to prove herself. I am VERY VERY severe with people who try to hijack religion to gain leverage-- like you have the third mate already acting as your personal peon. You are welcome to do namaz the way you do. I want to see if the white powder mark will coincide with the black mark on your forehead .
IF IT COINCIDES , I WILL APOLOGISE TO YOU IN WRITING, AND ALSO GIVE YOU MY ENTIRE BALANCE OF WAGES .
BUT IF DOES NOT I WILL KICK YOUR FUCKIN' ASS, AND SEND YOU HOME !!!!.
I knew by the body language, that the cadet would NOT even dare to try.
check out the zebiba muslim namaz prayer bump mark above--
So i said " Son, you are forgiven. Let this be a lesson to you. Be yourself. Never ever try to grab power, as an intoxicant, in future. Never get caught doing it too. You should NOT have made the black prayer mark on the CONCAVE part of your forehead. "
I watched the boy for the next 3 months--he was OK.
When i was going down the gangway, after signing off, he touched my feet and told me, that that bizzare incident was the most important lesson of his life, and he is a good Muslim now.
Below : See the skin allergy cum pressure point black spots on my 55 year old ageing nose-- delivered by the plastic perch of my reading glasses --now I can look very erudite as the mark is on the right place-- imagine I had this mark half a centimeter higher-- whom am I gonna fool ? Myself ?
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL