Cracked heels are caused due to loss of moisture and oil from the skin covering the heel. This, in turn, can be influenced by many factors. Causes for cracked heels can be named as age, gender, genes and exposure to the harsh climate. Constantly increased pressure on the heel for long can lead to deepening of the cracks and can be quite painful.
There are times when wearing a new pair of heels or sandals can result in cracked heels. Playing barefoot or walking barefoot over a dry surface for long leads to the start of cracked heels.
Although this can be treated using pharmaceutical creams, there are numerous ways of curing the condition through effective and simple ways. The best cure for a disease lies in is prevention. Similarly, it would be better is we first learned how to prevent our rough heel skin from cracking in the first place.
Oil glands produce oil which keeps the skin supple and firm and retains the water in. Since this region has almost nil oil glands, loss of water from this tissue is unstoppable.
As you will soon find out below, I am going to recommend socks. A lot of times that too. This repetition is mainly to point out that wearing socks is the old and simple home remedy for keeping your feet protected from the pollution. The point to be stressed on is that we keep trying to keep moisture trapped inside the rough skin covering the heel.
Just like we moisturize our hands and face after a hectic day at work, our feet need it too. Thus every best home remedy being described below focuses mainly on retaining the water inside the tissue.
Home Remedies For Cracked Heel:
The first trick to heal these cracks is to trap in the moisture. Since the heel has a scarce number of oil glands, providing external help can prevent the skin from being cracked in the first place.
Massaging the feet after a bath with any oil does the part. Coconut oil is rich in nourishment and helps in healing broken skin. Make sure to wear socks after this as it prevents slipping and accelerates the soaking in. It would work best if this is done right before going to bed, leaving it on overnight.
Another way to use coconut oil is by adding sugar to it and using it as a scrub. This scrub clears the dead skin and softens the hard skin.
Sesame oil has anti- inflammatory properties. Applying it on the feet and massaging well, prevents the heel from cracking and also prevent fungal and bacterial infections. It has a peculiar benefit of improving the platelet count in blood.
The age old notion of curing dryness by applying oil is a sure way to get clean heels. Sesame oil has growth regulating properties and helps keep the skin supple and soft.
Soak your feet in warm water till they become soft. Dry them up and then massage them with sesame oil. Massage for as long as you possibly can so that the skin absorbs the oil in properly.
Wear socks for best results. And to improve the feet condition, do this before sleeping as you can then conveniently leave this on for the entire night.
Olive oil is considered a warm oil and has numerous benefits listed to its credit. It is also added and consumed with food. There are many beneficiaries when we consume olive oil with food.
Soak your feet in warm water to make them soft and supple. Dry them up and then massage them well with olive oil. Apply a thicker coat on the rougher skin. Wear socks and preferably leave it on overnight.
The most effective home remedy to cure cracked heels is to simply keeping them moisturized well with oil and let the skin absorb the oil.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is also used for softening the skin and cleansing the skin. However, this home remedy involves tea tree oil along with olive oil. Olive oil needs to be slightly more in proportion as direct usage of tea tree oil can result in damaging the skin.
Like the other oils, massage the mixture of oils well onto your feet. Follow the rule of the old book of wearing socks as it traps the moisture in. Use daily before bed and leave it on overnight.
Shea butter has been used for curing dry skin. Here as well we use this property and cure cracked heels. This is helpful for painful and deep cracks.
If the cracks are deep and painful, soak your feet in water well. Once the pain is reduced by the heat and the skin softens up, apply shea butter and massage well. Follow the rule again and wear socks and leave it on overnight.
This should help and show results immediately. Use it daily until the pain decreases and the cracks heal.
Honey is known for its nourishing properties. This home remedy may be utilized every time you need to soak your feet in warm water. It has antibacterial properties as well.
Take warm water, add 2-3 tsp of honey to it. Soak your feet in this water as long as you wish. Dry your feet well. It’s not really necessary as honey itself moisturizes the feet, however, if you wish you may apply any choice of oil mentioned above. Honey is used for many applications of skin care.
As usual, for best results, wear socks and leave it on overnight.
Petroleum jelly is the best friend of many Indians during winters. This method is one that I came across recently. Until now, I only depended on shea butter and oils for quick treatment of cracked heels.
Add a tsp of lemon juice to an equal amount of petroleum jelly and mix well.
Soak your feet well in the warm water as it helps in absorbing the jelly. Dry them well before applying a thin layer over your feet. If you wish to, you can apply a thick layer over you cracked heels. Leaving it overnight is recommended for this home remedy for cracked heels.
Aloe vera gel
The magic gel has multiple purposes. One of them being to heal broken skin. This is the best remedy for cracked skin and deep cracks as well. Not only the dried and freckled skin, but also the oily skin is cured with aloe vera permanently.
The conditions to be followed are that your feet need to be softened up first before you apply the gel. Accordingly, soak your feet in warm water till the skin softens up enough. Softening up of skin is necessary as it helps in the absorption of the gel.
Dry your feet and apply a layer of Aloe Vera gel over your feet. Apply a thicker layer over your heels and then wear socks and leave it on overnight.
This stone can be used on a regular basis.
The trick is to scrub away all the dead skin. To do it so, your skin needs to be softened up first. For this soak your feet in warm water till the rough skin becomes soft enough. Scrub till the dead, and hard skin peels off. Wash off with plain water then apply any oil and follow the old book and wear socks.
Don’t rub too hard as won’t make much of a difference and will only sensitize the delicate parts of your feet. Use it on a daily basis to cure the cracked skin gradually and permanently.
Pumice stones were used by the old people. Now the invention of the foot scrubber has pushed the sales of pumice stone behind.
There is no difference from when we used the stone. Soaking the feet in warm water softens the skin and feet. Once the skin has become vulnerable, we can use the foot scrubber to rub the area till the dead skin comes off in peels.
As above, don’t rub too hard on the first try as you might hurt your skin. Clean your feet with water and then moisturize them with oils. You may follow the old rule for best results.
Feet masks of rosewater and glycerin
Glycerin has the well-known property of retaining moisture. It can be used as a moisturizer as well. However, using oil is better for moisturizing purposes as it prevents the water molecules from leaving the tissue.
Mix rose water and glycerin in equal ratios. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Apply the mixture on the feet and cracked heel. This home remedy is effective if the mixture is left on overnight.
Although people with sensitive skin avoid using lemon, it can still be used by them for only the skin covering the heel, as this skin is very rough and quite tough.
You can wear socks and then wash it off next morning.
Epsom salt has the amazing ability of soothing pain and neutralizing feet odor. This home remedy is mainly for relieving cracked heel pain. Since it has pain relieving properties, you can use Epsom salt in hot water for your tired feet after a long day.
Take warm water, add some Epsom salt to it, and soak your feet well in it. Soak as long as the water remains warm or as long as it takes your skin to soften up. Wash your feet with plain water and moisturize accordingly.
As I have already repeated many times, moisturizing your feet with oil should be preferred. Don’t forget to wear socks after that.
Instead of Epsom salt, baking soda can also be used for the same results.
As mentioned above, we use the moisture retaining the property of glycerin again. This is however added along with other ingredients to warm water. Retaining the water in the tissues of your skin is important as I have already mentioned above.
In skin care treatments, glycerin has a profound role; it can cure dark circles under eyes and brown spots on skin in combination of some organic ingredients.
To warm water add 1 teaspoon of glycerin and 1 teaspoon of rosewater and a few drops of lemon juice. Soak your feet well in water well and then scrub them well with a pumice stone or with a feet scrubber. Dry your feet and then do the routine of moisturizing with your choice of oil and wrap your feet up in socks and leave it that way overnight.
Paraffin wax can be used for curing cracked heels as it is a derivative of petroleum. However, to make it liquid enough to be applied, we mix oil with it.
Mix 1 teaspoon of paraffin wax with half a teaspoon mustard oil and warm it up till you get a paste. Apply it thickly over your cracked heels and fill in the cracks. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.
If there is a pain being felt in the cracked heel, this should bring relief as the mixture is applied while it is still warm. And as you already might know, warmth can relieve pain at times. If you want to experience it, take a hot water bath after a very taxing day. The results will make you take a hot water bath after every such day.
Tulsi and aloe vera paste
Tulsi or Holy Basil leaves have old medical uses. It heals broken skin. They have pain relieving properties. This is recommended for quick results and quick relieve from pain from deep cracks.
Add 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and add 1 teaspoon Basil leaves paste. Mix it well and apply it to cracked heels. Since turmeric is also involved in this mixture, this one of the best pain-relieving treatment for cracked heels.
Turmeric leaves stains on the skin. Keep this paste on overnight. You can avoid wearing socks if you wish to keep your socks stain free.
Amla and candy sugar
High heat content of the body indirectly affects the heat produced by the digestive system. Cooling down the digestive system cools the body down as a whole unit.
This method involves drinking the powder after mixing it in a cup of water. This is supposed to help in cooling down the digestive system which is indirectly responsible for have cracked heels. This is home remedy with Ayurvedic origins.
Take 1 teaspoon of Indian Gooseberry Powder (Amla) and 1 teaspoon of crushed candy sugar. Mix these powders well and store it up in a cool place. Every morning, mix 1 teaspoon of this mixture with a cup of water and drink it. Since it has sugar, the taste should be bearable.
Brown sugar scrub
Brown sugar is used in many olden days’ home remedies for skin scrubs. Here brown sugar particles are rubbed against the skin, resulting in the peeling off of the dead skin cells gradually. This scrub is extremely non-taxing to make and can be used for other areas as a scrub as well.
To some milk, add brown sugar and coconut oil. These ingredients are mixed to get a paste of moderate thickness. If applying the paste appears difficult, adding water helps. Once it is ready, apply it on your feet and heels and massage well. For a time of 15 to 20 minutes and then clean your feet with plain water. Don’t use any soap or rub hard the towel as the oil gets removed.
If you wish, moisturize your heels once more, though it’s not really necessary. According to the old rule, wear socks and keep it that way for the night.
Turmeric and coconut oil
Turmeric powder is used to heal a lot of wounds by direct application. Turmeric has many uses under its names, including pain relieving functions.
To 1 tsp of coconut oil, add a tsp of turmeric powder. Mix it till you get a paste and then apply it in the cracks of your cracked heels. Make the paste go deep inside the cracks if your heels give you pain. Coconut oil cure are so much widespread in the areas of skin, hair, and many other health treatments.
There should be a noticeable difference in the pain as turmeric relieves you of it.
Cooked rice water
The water discarded after cooking rice can be used to treat cracked heel. This reusable water has many nutrients, vitamins A, E and zinc and phosphorous. It is also called as rice starch. This water can be used for exfoliating dead skin.
Take this water while it is warm and add baking soda to it. Soak your feet for as long as the water remains warm. After removing them from the water, clean them up with plain water and moisturize them with some oil.
This is a miracle pill, as the effects can be seen the next day itself. Keep your feet warm in socks for best results.
Olive oil has been used above for moisturizing after any home remedy for cracked heels. Oatmeal has the quality of smoothening and renewing cells. In separate, there are many health benefits with oats that you need not take a special care for skin damages and health problems.
Add equal quantities of oatmeal and olive oil or almond oil. Mix well till you get a good paste. This paste is to be applied as a thick layer over the roughened skin. Let the paste dry and then wash it off with plain water.
Follow the old routine and moisturize your feet with your choice of oil and wear socks for best results. One special note to be reminded is, oats are the firstly suggested seeds for healthy and glowing skin.