Cracked heels also known as heel fissures are a common problem faced by most people. To some, the cracks go deeper into the skin resulting to pain and bleeding. The treatment for such, is therefore quite urgent. To others, heel fissures are just a cosmetic issue that requires treatment for better confidence.
I had a similar problem last summer. I could not imagine myself walking outside in sandals having those scary looking cracked heels. For this specific reason, i decided to prepare a list of simple home remedies for cracked heels that will effectively help you to deal with this condition. In order to understand the condition better, we need to know its causes and symptoms.
- 1 Causes of Cracked Heels
- 2 Symptoms of Cracked Heels
- 3 Home Remedies for Cracked Heels
Causes of Cracked Heels
. Lack of moisture
. Dry air
. Unhealthy diet
. Improper foot care
. Putting on the wrong types of shoes
. Standing on a hard floor for long periods of time
. Other conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis and eczema
Symptoms of Cracked Heels
. Skin peeling
. Dry thickened skin
Knowing the causes will help you to prevent the occurrence of cracked heels. Knowing the symptoms, in case you have them, will require you to use one of the following home remedies.
Home Remedies for Cracked Heels
1. Fruit masking
Fruits have some enzymes and compounds that can be used to either soothe or soften the cracked heels by eating out the dry skin without causing harm to the healthy tissues. The skin therefore remains soft and smooth.
. Use half an avocado, half coconut flesh and a banana to create a paste
. Once ready, apply the paste on your feet
. Leave the feet for a period of 15 minutes
. Warm some water and wash off the paste
. Pat your feet dry and finally apply some thick moisturizer
2. Oil massaging
One of the best known natural skin moisturizers is oil. Oil can also be used on heels. You can use one of the following hydrogenated oils: almond, olive, sesame, coconut and grape-seed oils. You can also mix the oils in order to enjoy their different benefits. I for example used a mixture of olive and grape-seed oil.
. Warm some water and wash your feet (do this at night before you go to bed)
. Use either a specific oil or an oil mixture to massage the heels
. Put on some socks and go to bed
. Repeat this until the cracked heels are healed
3. Using lemon and glycerin
Lemon juice is a great skin exfoliator and also contains acetic acid. The acid helps to slough off dead skin. Lemon can be used in quite a number of ways. A good example is mixing with glycerin. Glycerin has humectant and moisturizing properties that are used to treat heel fissures.
. Add equal portions of lemon and glycerin to make a mixture in a basin
. You can optionally add some rose water
. Put your feet into the mixture
. Leave the feet for about 20 minutes then wash with warm water
. Repeat the process not more than 2 weeks
4. Exfoliating using honey and milk
Both honey and milk are natural moisturizers. Honey has an added advantage of being antibacterial. Both can be used as home remedies for cracked heels.
. To two cups of milk add one cup of honey in a basin and mix well
. Soak your feet in the basin
. In 10 minutes time, massage as you soak your feet for another 5 to 10 minutes
. Wash your feet with water
. Pat the feet dry and apply some thick moisturizer
If you want to feel more comfortable, you can warm the milk. Let the milk not be hot as this can further dry out the feet and even cause a burn.
5. Using a pumice stone
Using pumice stone to scrub feet is a common activity. This is one of the best home remedies for cracked heels.
. Soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes (this softens the heel making it simpler to scrub)
. Gently use a pumice stone to remove dead cells by scrubbing the heel
. Rinse and dry your feet well
. Apply a moisturizing cream
. Repeat this daily when taking a bath
6. Soaking feet in vinegar
White vinegar also has acetic acid for skin softening. However, direct skin application will only worsen the condition by further drying up the skin.
. To three quarters of water in a soaking basin, add a quarter cup of vinegar then stir to mix well
. Wash as you soak your feet in the mixture
. Wash the feet with normal water
. Pat the feet dry and apply some moisturizer
. Repeat this not more than twice a week
7. Using rice flour paste
You can mix rice flour powder, apple cider vinegar and honey to make a thick paste. This paste is one of many scrubs that can be used effectively as natural home remedies for cracked heels by removing dead skins.
. Add the paste and some water to a basin
. Soak your feet in the basin
. After 15 minutes, pat your feet then apply a thick moisturizer
. Repeat this daily
8. Using paraffin wax
Paraffin wax is a natural emollient used to soften skin. As a result, the wax is a good option to treat painful and cracked heels. You can mix the wax with either coconut or mustard oil.
. Using a pan, heat the mixture until the wax properly melts
. Allow the heated mixture cool to room temperature in a basin
. Put your feet into the basin before going to bed and put on a pair of socks
. Wash your legs properly in the morning
9. Using Epsom salt
Cracked feet need to be kept well moisturized to enhance the healing process. This can be done using Epsom salt which helps to improve the body’s fluid circulation.
. Add half a cup of Epsom salt and warm water in a basin and mix well
. Soak your feet in the basin
. After 10 minutes, pat the feet dry and apply some moisturizing cream
. Repeat this once daily
The effects of cracked heels can be as simple as shameful. The effects can also be more serious and cause pain. The pain can even restrict one’s movements. No matter your case, the heels are easily dealt with using these simple home remedies. A physician’s intervention is not even necessary. If you want to know more about simple home remedies for your feet like these, visit https://shoestracker.com/
If you have gone ahead and tried some of the home remedies for cracked heels and in turn enjoyed their effectiveness, remember to leave your comments below and share the list as much as possible. You never know, your shared list might have just saved someone suffering from the condition from distress.
Lilly Derrah is the founder of ShoesTracker, a foot health blog dedicated to provide honest foot health advice and information. She aspires to help her readers improve their foot heath condition by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Follow her on Twitter @lillyderrah to learn more about Lilly and her work.