Cracked heels are one of the most common problems on the onset of winter or in dry climates among men and women. Not much we pay attention to foot care as we do for our facial skin. But, cracked heels are the major spoiler for your appearance and they are painful too. If not taken proper care at proper time, cracks can split open, become deeper leading to bleeding and infection.
The skin on our feel is generally dry, doesn’t contain oil glands and count on thousands of sweat glands to get the needed moisture.Cracks on the areas around the rim of the heels and web of toes occur mainly because of the dry weather and lack of moisture, but our negligence in foot care, unhealthy lifestyle, overexposure to pollution, choosing wrong shoes or medical conditions like diabetes or eczema also contribute to the same.
Daily foot care is not a troublesome regime to follow. With some easy and simple home remedies, you can soothe cracks, get the makeover and step out in style.
But, before building the framework of tips about how to heal heel cracks, we’ll give a brief about what causes them:
- Dry and cold weather
- Harsh shower essentials(soaps, pumice stone or foot file)
- Soaking feel in hot water for long time
- Hot showers
- Medical situations(Diabetes, thyroid, eczema or psoriasis)
- Excess exposure to sun or pollution or unhygienic conditions
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Deficiency of omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals
- Standing on your feet for long hours
- Overweight. In case of less skin flexibility, pressure on your pads can cause cracked heels
Almost all the above cause can be treated with home remedies but some major and serious cases need doctor’s consultation. In such cases,you’re suggested to visit your dermatologist before trying any homely remedy on your own.
Best & Easy Home Remedies For Cracked Heels
Before you choose any of the below remedies, your foot care should start with gentle scrubbing and washing feet with warm water. It removes dirt and relaxes you after a tiresome day.
RICE FLOUR, HONEY AND OLIVE OIL MASK
To search for an effective exfoliating scrub that will wash off all dead dry skin cells from your feet, rice flour is the best choice you can make.
- Soak your feet in warm water for at least 20 minutes.
- Gently rub your feet with a soft towel to remove dead cells.
- Mix 3-4 tablespoons of rice flour, 2-3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Blend evenly and make a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on your heels and other affected areas. Rub gently. Massage it for 10-15 minutes.
- Wash your feet with lukewarm water. Pat dry and apply pure and organic Argan or Olive Oil immediately to moisturize.
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL, SALT, HONEY OR GLYCERIN & ROSE WATER
- Add 1 tablespoon honey or glycerin, 1 tea spoon salt, 1 tea spoon rose water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a tub of warm water. You can use 4-5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for better results.
- Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.
- Use a pumice stone and gently scrub your heels.
- Mix 1 tablespoon glycerin, 1 tea spoon rose water and 3-4 drops of Lemon essential oil. Apply the mixture on your feet, wear a pair of cotton socks and leave it overnight.
- Wash with lukewarm water in the morning.
OATMEAL, BANANA, OLIVE OIL & SESAME OIL MASK
- Oatmeal has exfoliating, moisturizing and soothing properties that will heals your cracks and make your feet softer and smoother.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of powder oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of banana paste, 1 tea spoon each of olive oil and sesame oil. Make a thick paste.
- Apply this on your cracked heels. Leave it for 30-40 minutes and wash with lukewarm water.
- Repeat thrice a week to get faster results.
BATH SALT, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, BAKING SODA, COCONUT OIL & ALOE VERA
- Bath salts works great as exfoliators and moisturizes and relaxes your dry cracked feet. Acid properties in apple cider vinegar softens dry, chapped foot skin and makes it easy to exfoliate. Aloe vera at the same time has soothing properties that heals cracks and comforts dryness.
- Add 2 tablespoon of bath salt, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a tub of lukewarm water.
- Mix well until baking soda dissolves totally in water.
- Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.
- Gently scrub with pumice stone.
- Pat dry. Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply the paste on your feet and massage gently. Wear a pair of socks and leave the paste overnight.
- Repeat this every day before going to bed and you’ll notice a vast difference within few weeks.
TEA TREE OIL, SHEA BUTTER & VITAMIN E
Tea Tree Essential Oil cleanses and conditions dry skin, relaxes and makes it softer. Vitamin E oil gives your dry cracked heels the needed nourishment and hydration while shea butter is a popular moisturizer with healing properties and it improves skin conditions with its richness of vitamin A and E.
- Add bath salt in warm water and blend well. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
- Extract Vitamin E oil from 3-4 capsules.
- Mix it with 5-6 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil and 1 tablespoon of organic shea butter.
- Massage your feet with the paste for 5-10 minutes until it gets totally absorbed by your skin.
- Slip on a pair of socks and leave it overnight.
Besides including any of these above remedies in your daily foot care routine you should follow few more protecting measures:
Be very gentle while scrubbing with the pumice stone as its harsh use can damage your skin layers.
Choose cotton socks only. Don’t wear dirty socks to avoid any sort of infection.
Avoid walking bare foot.
Buy shoes comfortable to your feet-size. Tight shoes can worsen your cracked heels.
Try these remedies. Share your experience with us and our readers.