Cracked Heels? Try These Effective Remedies To Heal And Moisturize Your Feet


While most of us pay close attention to our face and hair and try out almost everything to nourish them, we often tend to ignore our feet. Our feet go through a lot during the course of the day. Be it exposure to the pollutants and harsh sunlight and lack of proper moisturization to wearing uncomfortable or ill fitting footwear for a long time, our feet have to bear the brunt.  Also, lack of proper scrubbing and exfoliation also make our feet more rough and harsh. All these factors contribute to dryness, which over time leads to the formation of fissures or cracks in the heels.

Home Remedies For Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common skin problem experienced by people of nearly all ages. Cracked heels are caused when the skin around the heels split. This could be due to the dryness and pressure exerted on the heels. It causes the skin around the rim of the heel to become dry and thick. It may further worsen the condition if you fail to keep the skin hydrated, ultimately leading the skin to become fragile and crack.

If neglected, they can cause discomfort and pain apart from making the feet look shabby. The cracks may get deeper and lead to skin infections, if one does not take proper precautions. This is the reason we bring you some effective home remedies which you should try to get rid of cracked heels.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is known to fight fungal and bacterial infections as well as acts as a good moisturizing lotion for the skin. As it has great hydrating and moisturizing abilities, it is known to work wonders for dry and cracked skin.

How to use

Soak and scrub your feet in warm water before going to bed. Dry your feet and apply coconut oil. Wear a pair of clean socks. Wash your feet in the morning with soap and water. Follow these steps on a regular basis to get the best results.

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2. Banana And Avocado

Banana is not only rich in nutrients but is packed with water, which can make your skin supple, soft and smooth. Avocados contain several essential oils, vitamins and fats that repair dry skin. When used together, banana and avocado can prove to be a great remedy for cracked heels.

How to use

Blend one banana and half avocado in a mixer. Apply this mixture to your heels and feet. Keep it on for 10 to 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar contains acetic acid which is mild in nature and acts gently on your feet. However, applying it directly can dry up your skin further and hence, it is always advised to dilute it before use.

How to use

Add ¼ cup vinegar to around 2-3 litres of water in a tub/bucket.  Soak your feet in this solution for 5 to 10 minutes. Wash your feet with normal water and pat dry. Apply any moisturizer. Do not use this remedy more than 2 times a week.

4. Paraffin Wax

This treatment is particularly helpful if there are wide fissures in your heels that are painful or cause bleeding. Paraffin wax and mustard oil are used as ointment for cracked heels. Normal wax can also be used but one has to prefer white candle wax as colored wax may intensify the pain.

How to use

Heat about 1 cup of mustard oil in a pan. Add 2 tablespoon of wax to it and keep on stirring the mixture until the wax melts properly. When this mixture gets warm enough to be tolerated by your skin, apply it to your feet. Wear socks over it and leave it overnight. Rinse with lukewarm water in the morning. Use this treatment for around 7 to 10 days to effective results.

5. Lemon and papaya

It contains acetic acid which takes off the dead skin leaving your skin smooth and soft. It is also an exfoliator which can help you get rid of heel fissures. It is often used with papaya on the skin to get the best results. You can even use only lemon juice to get rid of cracked heels.

How to use

Prepare a paste of lemon and papaya and apply it to your heels. Let it remain for 10 to 15 minutes and wash with cold water afterwards. Another way is to squeeze a lemon into a basin of water and soak for 20 minutes.

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6. Rosewater And Glycerin

Rosewater contains Vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E and also has antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Glycerin is a known moisturizer and helps to soften the skin. The combination thus, does wonders for cracked heels.

How to use

Mix equal amounts of glycerin and rose water. Rub it on your heels every night before going to bed. Do this on a regular basis for soft and smooth feet.

So, go ahead and try these safe, simple and effective home remedies and say yes to beautiful and healthy looking feet. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!

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