Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just overexposure or lack of moisturizing.
The skin on our feet is usually dry as there are no oil glands in the skin of the feet. Over exposure, lack of moisturizing and medical condition can cause dry feet and cracked feet, other causes include, standing for long hours, using harsh soaps, cold weather, continuous exposure to water, being overweight, and wearing improper footwear.
Though the problem of cracked feet can occur in any person, it is common among people having diabetes, athlete’s foot or who are aged.
Cracked heels are not harmful in anyway except when the fissures or cracks are deep, and tend to become painful and the skin begins to bleed. This could lead to infection. Here are some natural treatment for cracked feet.
Scrubbing: Scrubbing the hard, dead skin away helps a great deal in getting rid of cracked feet. Before scrubbing, soak your feet in warm soapy water to help soften the skin and make it easier to scrub. Before going to bed, mix some liquid soap in a foot tub filled with warm water, soak your feet in this warm soapy water for about 20 minutes.
Use a pumice stone to gently scrub off the loosened dead skin cells, rinse off your feet with clean water and pat dry with a soft towel. Apply some foot cream or moisturizer and wear a pair of clean cotton socks overnight. Follow this remedy daily until your cracked feet are healed completely.
Petroleum jelly and lemon foot mask: Petroleum jelly is an oil based emollient that repels water and prevents the skin from drying out. This type of emollients helps replace fat by filling in gaps in between skin cells just like the cracks in your feet. The acetic properties of lemon juice exfoliate your skin to drop off dead skin and replace them with soft and smooth skin. How to use this mixture; Mix a tablespoon of petroleum jelly with the juice from an entire lemon. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes, dry properly and apply the mixture. Make sure you fill the cracks with this mixture and massage properly. It’s best to leave this mixture overnight.
Coconut oil: This is another incredible remedy for dry, cracked feet. It helps moisturize your feet and also fights fungal and bacterial infections, thanks to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Before going to sleep, soak your feet in warm water and scrub with a loofah, dry your feet thoroughly and then apply coconut oil generously on your feet. Put on a pair of clean, cotton socks for the night, the next morning, remove the socks and wash your feet. Do this daily for several days until you are satisfied with the results. You can also use olive oil in the same way.
Honey: Honey is a good moisturizing agent and a good humectant. This is especially good for people that have cracked feet caused by dryness. Honey can be used in one of two ways: Honey soak; mix a cup of honey in a half a bucket of warm water, mix well and soak your feet in it for like 20 minutes then scrub your feet gently to remove dry skin. Do this once or twice a week. Honey cream; heat a cup of honey slightly and add 2 tablespoons of liquid milk. To this mixture, add freshly squeezed juice from an orange to it, mix thoroughly and store in a jar with a close fitting lid. Before applying this mixture, wash your leg with warm water then use a pumice stone to remove dry and dead skin from the cracked feet. Leave the mixture for about 40-45 minutes and wash off. It can also be applied overnight. Do this twice a day.
Rice flour: Exfoliating the skin on your feet and heels will help remove dead skin, thus preventing cracking and dryness. Rice flour can be used a part of a homemade exfoliating scrub. To make the scrub, mix a handful of ground rice with a few teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar. Stir it until it becomes a thick paste. If the cracking on your heels is extremely bad, add a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then gently scrub them with the rice flour paste, repeat the process a few times a week until you are satisfied with the results.
Lemon: The acidic property in lemons can be very effective in softening rough skin that leads to cracking. Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with lemon juice added to it. Avoid using very hot water, which can cause your feet to dry out more. Scrub your cracked heels using a pumice stone, wash your feet and pat dry with a towel.
Glycerin: Due to its moisturizing and humectant properties, glycerin works as a great remedy to get rid of cracked feet. Make a mixture of equal parts of glycerin and lemon juice, you can also add some rose water. Apply it on your feet, leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with water. Follow this remedy daily for about two weeks.
Mentholated rub: This is another popular home remedy for cracked heels because of the many essential oils that it contains. It also helps heal toenail fungus. Apply some mentholated rub on clean, dry feet before going to bed. Put on a pair of socks and leave it on overnight. The next morning, remove your socks and wash your feet with warm water. Repeat daily for a few days until the rough skin peels off.
Banana: Overripe banana can be put to good use by blending them into a paste and applying on your cracked feet. They will help soften and moisturize your skin. Blend one or two overripe bananas in a blender to form a thick, creamy paste. You can also add half an avocado. Apply this paste on your feet, leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes. Wash your feet thoroughly, alternating with lukewarm and cold water. Follow this remedy on a daily basis to prevent and treat dry and cracked heels.