Cracked heels are unsightly and painful. It happens when due to the accumulation of dead skin cells, called callouses, that it starts to crack.
Causes of cracked feet include:
- Standing for too long
- The use of harsh soap
- Cold and dry weather, apply a foot cream every night before you go to bed.
- Taking hot long showers.
- Shoes that don’t fit properly, try to avoid flip-flops and sandals.
It could be so painful, sometimes it even starts to bleed. The best way to prevent such a problem is by looking for a natural solution that you could do at home.
Foot creams can do the job, still, if you wish to follow a better healthy lifestyle, doing your own home remedies would be the best choice.
Here are 10 home remedies to cure cracked heels.
#1 Vinegar Foot Soak
Vinegar, if used correctly, can soften the feet, thereby removing the dry and dead skin underneath. It has acetic acid that does the job, but you have to dilute it before use, otherwise, it could worsen the case.
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
What to do?
- Mix ingredients.
- Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes.
- Scrub gently.
- Dry your feet.
- Apply coconut oil or shea butter.
- Repeat the process three times a week for a more consistent outcome.
#2 Listerine Foot Soak
Soaking your feet in Listerine will soften and loosen the dead skin accumulating on your heels. Listerine has an antiseptic composition such as thymol which heals the heels’ tissues.
- A bowl.
- 1 cup of Listerine.
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of white vinegar.
What to do?
Soak your feet in it for 15 minutes, then rinse and dry.
#3 Baking Soda Foot Soak
Baking Soda soothes the dry skin and reduces inflammation. You will need 3 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with water in a large bowl. Since baking soda has the tendency to dry out, you should apply a moisturizer immediately after the process.
#4 Peroxide Foot Soak
Hydrogen peroxide will remove dead skin tissue so the heels can heal quickly.
- Lukewarm water.
- 2 cups of peroxide.
What to do?
Soak your feet for 30 minutes while scrubbing gently with a pumice stone. This procedure is only for cracks that are not bleeding or wounded.
#5 Honey and Milk Foot Moisturizer
Milk is rich in vitamin A and calcium, which helps repair and rebuild damaged skin. Honey helps to seal moisture into the skin while also fighting bacteria that could cause infection.
- 1 cup honey (organic)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
What to do?
- Mix ingredients well.
- Soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes.
- Use a pumice stone to gently scrub your feet
- Rinse and dry your feet.
- Apply a thick layer of this remedy to your feet and let it sit for about 30 munites.
#6 Pumice Stone
Pumice stone is a small block of lightweight, hardened lava foam, used for scraping off accumulated dead skin.
You always have to soak your feet before using a pumice stone, 10 minutes would be fine. Apply a think moisturizer afterward.
#7 Salt and Essential Oil Scrub
If you are looking for a relaxing and cleansing foot scrub, then this combination is what you are looking for.
Salt exfoliates the dead skin on the skin. You can use sea salt or Epsom salt during this process. Essential oils provide relaxing effect and deal with any bacteria causing infections in the cracks. You can use any essential oil like lavender oil, peppermint oil, Aragon oil or tea tree oil.
#8 Rice Flour Foot Scrub
Rice Flour provides enough minerals to the skin, which makes it soft and supple – a great remedy for cracked heels. Honey could be a great way to soothe the pain and irritation caused by the cracked skin.
You’ll need 2-3 tablespoons of rice flour, few drops of honey and lots of vinegar to make a thick paste.Apply to your cracked feet and massage gently.
#9 Lemon and Vaseline Foot Mask
The citric acid of Lemon juice exfoliates the dead skin and kills the bacteria that cause infections. Vaseline moisturizes the skin leaving it soft and supple, though I would recommend using shea butter for better results. Check the below video for how to make this recipe.
#10 Oatmeal and Olive Oil Foot Mask
You can use this home remedy to exfoliate the dead skin cells and softens your cracked heels. Oatmeal has the inflammatory and moisturizing properties that will help your skin heal and cure infections.
Watch this video for more natural remedies for curing cracked feet.