Cracked heels, one of the most common feet-problems we have aren’t just going to make your feet look bad – they can be an indication of bad health and deficiencies as well. In addition, we know how cracked heels can also be quite the bit painful at times.
How do we keep our feet healthy and soft without using harsh medications? Most of the time, cracked heels can be dealt with right at home with some simple natural and herbal remedies. Regular use of these home remedies and some additional care, can help fight cracked heels with ease.
What causes cracked heels?
While skin care and cosmetic issues are most of the time the reason behind cracked heels, there are also some serious health issues that can cause cracked heels. Here’s what could be causing your cracked heels.
Drying up of the skin : One of the major causes of cracked heels is drying up of the skin. This is why we usually get cracked heels in winters, especially the dry kind of winters and when humidity is very low.
Walking barefoot : Exposing your feet to the atmospheric conditions and walking around barefoot can be a reason for the cracking up of your heels. It would therefore be wise to wear shoes or socks to protect your feet when you frequently have cracked heels.
Ill-fitting shoes : Going around for a long time in mis-fitting shoes can cause a certain amount of pressure on your feet and lead them to have cracks.
Problems with Blood circulation : People with health problems such as poor blood circulation and blood pressure issues can also have cracked heels as a symptom. Taking external care as well as dealing with the main problem becomes necessary in such cases.
Infections : Fungal infections that affect your feet such as Athlete’s foot can sometimes lead to cracked up and painful heels. Antibiotic ointments and anti-fungal treatments become necessary in such cases.
Obesity : Obesity can also lead to cracked heels as the feet will have to deal with a lot of pressure even as you go about your daily activities. A lot of care for your feet is necessary in such cases.
Deficiency of Vitamins : A few deficiencies of some Vitamins can also lead to chapped up skin and cracked heels are a result of this. A balanced diet along with external care is one way you can deal with the cracked heels that come with deficiencies.
15 Natural cures for cracked heels
Some of the best cures for cracked heels are often times available right in our kitchens. All you need to know is how to use them. Here’s a list of simple remedies from something like Vicks Vaporub to Essential oils that can be help heal your heels with great efficacy.
Apple cider vinegar for cracked heels
Apple cider vinegar is a remedy for many ailments and we know that too well by know. But the real question here is, how does Apple cider vinegar help in healing cracked heels?
Apple cider vinegar does about the same job that water does – it softens the dry skin of the heels making it easier for them to be peeled out. Only, it is a tad bit more efficient in doing this as the astringency helps in softening the skin faster and easier.
An Apple cider vinegar foot soak works great for cracked heels and here’s the simple means in which you can use it.
- Take some water in a hot tub and add a few table spoons of Apple cider vinegar to it.
- Soak your feet in this for about a half an hour.
- After you’re done, use a pumice stone or a foot scrubber to clean your heels.
- Doing this two to three times a week can help heal your cracked heels quicker.
Mustard oil for cracked heels
Mustard oil is one of those oils that is high in its fatty acid content and this makes it great as a moisturizer. Mustard oil is used for really dried up and painful heels to smoothen them. Since it is a very mild oil, there are seldom any side effects, which makes it safe when you leave it all night long as well.
Here’s a simple means in which you can use mustard oil for your feet.
- Take some mustard oil and heat it ever so slightly so that it is warm.
- Apply it over your cracked heels and massage it gently so that it seeps into the cracks.
- Leave it on over night or for a few hours.
- Regular mustard oil application can definitely help in soothening your cracked heels over time.
Vicks Vaporub for cracked heels
Vicks vaporub is an unusual but a very effective remedy that’s come into use for healing cracked heels. This also helps if you have some itching and redness as well which may be due to infection at the area. Vicks Vaporub has got some essential oils such as menthol and eucalyptus which work as antiseptic agents and also help with the smoothening of the heels.
The main reason Vicks works is however that it is majorly made up of petroleum jelly and this has a great softening effect on the cracked heels. Here’s how you can use this remedy.
- Take some Vicks Vaporub onto your finger and gently rub it over your cracked heels.
- Massage it for a while until you think that it has seeped into the cracks.
- Leave it on for a while and wash it off.
- Since it is astringent, sometimes, it can cause a burning sensation when we suggest that you stop using it and go for plain petroleum jelly instead.
Lemon for cracked heels
Lemon is a great cleanser and exfoliating agent and it is this property that makes it great for healing cracked heels. It can also help the skin heal itself by promoting self-healing of the skin at the area where there are cracks.
It can be pretty easy for use and does not really cause much discomfort when you use it. Here’s a way in which you can use lemon for your cracked heels.
- Take a lemon and cut it into two halves.
- Apply the wet edge of one of the halves over your cracked heels and rub it on them for a while.
- Wash it off your feet after a while and wipe it clean.
- You can also leave it on overnight or just before you wear your socks.
Cocoa butter for cracked heels
Cocoa butter is one of the most popularly used bases for many cosmetics for the high moisturizing ability that it has got. It can smoothen the skin by a great extent. Along with that, the cocoa in it causes a rejuvenation of the skin cells, thereby removing the dead skin cells in the area of the cracks.
Once you get hold of good and pure quality cocoa butter, it’s easy for use as we show you here.
- Take some cocoa butter and apply it over the heels using your fingers.
- Massage it gently so that it begins to soften the skin already and reaches deep into the cracks.
- Wipe it off and wash your legs once you are done.
- While you can leave cocoa butter on, on your legs overnight, wearing socks over the legs may not be easy due to all the grease, which is why you should probably leave your feet bare.
Glycerin for cracked heels
Glycerin is used as a good hydrating agent for the skin when you want skip using oily substances for the purpose so that your feet don’t get greasy. It can hydrate the skin as well as lock the moisture on your heels for a long time because of its viscous nature.
Sometimes, glycerin may cause a slight burning of the skin when you should consult a professional before you continue use. Using it can be simple and can be done in these steps.
- Take some glycerin and using a cotton bud, gently rub it over your cracked skin.
- Massage it gently and leave it on for a while.
- Wash it off after an hour or so.
Sea salt/Epsom salt for cracked heels
A sea salt or an Epsom salt scrub can be a great remedy for cracked heels as it can remove dead skin cells and dried up skin very effectively. After a good scrub, it leaves the skin smooth and healthy. Along with that, these salts are good antiseptic agents as well preventing any possible infection in the area.
Once you get pure sea or Epsom salts, you can give yourself a scrub right at your home in these simple steps that we show you here.
- Take some seas salt/Epsom salt and add very little water to it so that it is slight wet.
- Now rub this salt against the cracked heels for a while.
- After you are done, wash your feet with water and that does it.
- You can use this exfoliating remedy every day and it won’t have any side effects.
Aloe vera for cracked heels
Aloe vera, being a gel can be a great way to keep your heels hydrated. It can also be very healing for your heels from all the pain that the cracked heels usually cause. Any possible infection can be prevented as well considering its antiseptic nature.
Here’s a simple means in which you can use Aloe vera to heal your cracks.
- Take some Aloe vera gel and apply it over your heels with your finger.
- Massage it gently for a while and leave it on.
- You can wash it or not and it won’t really matter. You can also wear socks over the gel as the socks don’t get grease on them.
Listerine and pumice stone remedy for cracked heels
Listerine is yet another popular home remedy that is used not only for cracked heels but also for fungal foot infections. It can cleanse your skin thoroughly and exfoliate it covering up the cracks eventually.
We use a Listerine foot soak and a pumice stone scrub together for healing cracked heels in this method that we show you here.
- Take some hot/warm water foot soak and add some Listerine to it (about a few table spoons).
- Soak your feet in this water for a half an hour.
- Once you remove them and wipe them with a clean towel, use a pumice stone to scrub against the feet.
- Rub the pumice stone against your heels and areas where there are too many cracks for a while and then wipe or wash your feet.
Banana pulp for cracked heels
Banana pulp may not really seem like it, but it makes a great remedy for cracked heels. It is highly hydrating and can retain a large amount of moisture on your heels thereby repairing them efficiently.
However, banana is messy and is not comfortable for use on the skin if you want to leave it on for a very long time. A half an hour is all that is needed for it to heal your cracks every day. Here’s a mini guide to using banana pulp on your feet.
- Make a fine paste of banana pulp.
- Apply this on your cracked heels and leave it on for a while.
- Wash it off in half an hour and wipe your feet clean.
Tea tree oil for cracked heels
Although tea tree oil can be a tad bit harsh, it can work great in eliminating cracked heels because of its great cleansing and exfoliating action. In addition to that, it also works as an antiseptic eliminating any possible infection that might be dwelling on your cracks.
You will need a vehicle oil for tea tree oil however as it tends to dry the skin up. We use coconut oil for its amazing moisturizing capacity for its ease of being able to blend with tea tree oil. Here’s how this is done.
- Take some coconut oil and heat it ever so slightly.
- Add a teaspoon of tea tree oil to it and massage it gently over the heels and everywhere else on the skin where you’ve got cracks.
- Leave it on for a while before you wipe or wash it off.
Rose water and baking soda for cracked heels
Baking soda is one of the best exfoliating agents that can be used on the skin. When used on the feet, we don’t really have to worry about the side effects either as it is quite safe. We use baking soda and rose water together in this case so that the duo can show their cleansing and exfoliating action together.
Here’s how you give yourself this mini-foot soak right at your home in these simple steps.
- Take a small tub and fill it with half water and half of rose water.
- Add the baking soda powder to it and dissolve it.
- Now soak your feet in this for about a half an hour or so and then remove them.
- Wipe your feet clean and apply a moisturizer to them.
Rice flour for cracked heels
Although it is seldom used for health or beauty, rice flour can actually be quite useful in the areas. For one thing, it has got a great exfoliating property which makes it great for healing cracked heels. It can make your heels soft and remove dead cells upon regular use.
We use it in the form of a simple scrub along with lemon juice for cracked heels. This is how its done.
- Take a cup full of rice flour and add just enough lemon juice to it so that it becomes a paste that’s firm.
- Apply this paste over your cracked heels and rub it over them for a while.
- After you leave it on for about a 10 minutes, wash it off and wipe your feet clean with a cloth.
Almond oil for cracked heels
Almond oil is one of the best remedies for healing dry skin with all the fatty acids and the Vitamin E that is present in it. It can therefore be a great cure for cracked heels as well. It softens the heels when applied regularly and can reduce the pain and the redness that sometimes comes along with the cracks.
Here’s a simple means in which you can give yourself an Almond oil massage.
- Take a cup full of Almond oil which is lukewarm.
- Apply it with a cotton swab over your heels and massage gently for 15 minutes.
- Leave it on for a while and wipe it off.
- You can leave it on overnight as well, especially if the cracks are deep and painful.
Jojoba oil for cracked heels
Jojoba oil is yet another oil that you can use to massage your heels to get rid of your cracks and dryness eventually. It can be great for softening your heels for all the fatty acids it has got. And along with that, it is also nourishing for the skin with the Vitamin A and E that is present in it in excess.
Using it as a simple massage oil can be done in these steps.
- Heat the Jojoba oil so that it is lukewarm.
- Apply this over your heels and the rest of your feet with a cotton swab.
- Massage gently for about 15 to 20 minutes and then leave it on.
- You can wipe or wash it off or just leave it on.
Additional Tips for taking care of your cracked heels:
- Keep your feet moisturized and less exposed to harsh environmental conditions such as weather or harsh surfaces.
- While you wash your feet, make sure that the water is of optimum temperatures and does not cause stress on your feet.
- Keep your feet clean all the time so that there is less possibility of infections attacking them.
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks of a good make so that your feet don’t react to any of these making the condition worse.
- Keeping yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water can keep your skin healthy inside-out making it less vulnerable for cracks.
While home remedies are great for healing your cracked heels, sometimes, it becomes necessary for medication to be taken due to infection or other underlying causes. However, natural means to heal them are always the best. Do try out these herbal cures for cracks on your feet and let us know if they’ve done you any good!
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