Cracked heels or Heel Fissures are not only unattractive but sometimes also quite painful. They can range in severity from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem.
In addition to dry and thick skin, red or flaky patches, peeling and cracked skin, itching, inflammation, bleeding or discharge from cracks are some of the symptoms you can experience when you are suffering from cracked heels.
Dry winds in winters, lack of moisturizing elements, improper care of feet, wearing wrong type of shoes (too tight or too hard shoes), unhygienic conditions, age and some nutritional deficiencies (zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E , calcium and iron) are some common causes behind cracked heels. Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, corns and calluses and some other diseases like diabetes and thyroid disease may also contribute to the problem.
However, there are several home remedies to cure the problem of cracked heels. Let’s have a look on some best home remedies to get rid off cracked heels and fissures.
Natural Home Remedies For Cracked Heels
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has been shown excellent results in getting rid of cracked heels. Natural acidic properties of lemon helps to reduce the rough skin by removing the dead skin cells that causes cracking and fissures in your heels. In addition lemon juice also helps a lot in softening rough skin that may lead to cracked heel.
Take some warm water in a tub and add some lemon juice in this water tub. Avoid using very hot water, which can cause your feet to dry out more. Now soak your feet in warm water with lemon juice added to it. After 15 minutes scrub your cracked heels using a pumice stone. Wash your feet and pat dry with a clean towel.
2. Lemon Juice and Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly along with lemon juice helps a lot in treatment of rough and dry skin as well as cracked heels and give you soft and well moisturized skin.
First soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes and then by using a pumice stone Scrub the hard dead skin around your feet. Now take about 1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly and mix with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture over the entire heel area and cover your feet with socks so that the petroleum jelly soaks into the skin. For best results do this daily before going to bed.
3. Lemon juice, Glycerine, and Rose Water
Take 1 tablespoon of glycerine, 1 teaspoon rose water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.Mix them well to make a smooth paste. Now clean your heels and apply this paste over your cracked heels. Since this will be a sticky mixture, you can wear a pair of socks and leave on overnight. Wash off with lukewarm water in the morning. For best results repeat this on a daily basis until you get the desired results.
4. Lemon Juice and Vaseline
Clean and dry your heels to remove all kinds of dirt. Now soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes and then pat dry with a clean cloth.
Take 1 teaspoon of Vaseline and the juice of one lemon. Mix them well and massage this mixture over your cracked heels. Continue massage till it gets absorbed in the skin.
For best results, apply this mixture before going to bed and wear a pair of woolen socks, as these socks help trap body heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture. Leave there over night and Wash off in the morning.
5. Lemon Juice and Curd
Take a cup of curd and add freshly squeezed lemon juice from one lemon. Mix them well to get a smooth paste. Now clean your feet using warm water and pat dry your skin. Apply this paste to your feet by massaging all over the feet properly but concentrate more on the cracked heels. Leave there at least for 20 minutes and then wash off with soap and water and pat dry your skin. Now apply some petroleum jelly and massage on your cracked heels. Wear a pair of socks after applying petroleum jelly. For best results repeat this on a daily basis before going to bed.
6. Lemon Juice and Honey
Skin exfoliating properties of lemon juice along with skin moisturizing properties of honey are highly beneficial in getting rid of cracked heels. Take equal amounts of lemon juice and honey and mix them well to make a smooth paste. Now soak your feet in a lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes. Pat dry your skin and then apply lemon and honey mixture over your cracked heels. Gently massage for 3-5 minutes and leave for abut 30 minutes and then rinse off.
7. Olive Oil, Lemon Oil and Lavender Oil
First clean and wash your feet and then pat dry. Now take one teaspoon of olive oil and mix with half teaspoon of lemon oil and half teaspoon of lavender oil. Stir them well and then apply this mixture over your cracked heels. For best results apply this before going to bed and wash off next morning.
8. Lemon Juice, Honey, Olive Oil and Brown Sugar Scrub
Scrubbing is essential to remove dead skin cells that may lead to rough and cracked heels. To get rid of cracked heels you can make your own foot scrub simply at home.
Take 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, one teaspoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix them well in a bowl to make a thick, stick and smooth paste and keep it aside for few minute. During this period, soak your feet in warm water filled bath tub for about 10 – 15 minutes so that the feet will be free from all kinds of dust particles. Now pat dry you skin and apply this exfoliating scrub over your cracked heels and gently rub by moving your finger tips. Do this for about 5 minutes and then rinse off your feet and pat dry with soft and clean towel.
9. Rice Flour Paste
An other great scrub to treat cracked heels in rice flour scrub. To prepare this scrub take 2 tablespoon of coarsely ground rice flour, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix them to make a thick paste. If your heels are extremely dry and cracked, add a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Now soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then gently scrub your feet with this paste to remove dead skin from your feet.
10. Oatmeal and Jojoba Oil
A combination of oatmeal and jojoba oil is also very helpful in getting rid of cracked heels. Take 1 tablespoon of powdered oatmeal and some jojoba oil to make a thick paste. Now clean your feet and apply this paste on your cracked heels. Leave this on your heels for about 30 minutes and rinse off with fresh water. Finally pat dry with soft and clean towel. For best results, repeat this 3-4 times a week.
11. Sesame Oil
An other amazing home remedy to cure cracked heels is application of sesame oil. Skin nourishing and moisturizing properties of sesame oil are highly beneficial in getting rid of cracked heels. Apply sesame oil on your cracked heels every night before going to bed and rinse off next morning.
Application of ripe bananas is one of the cheapest but excellent home remedies for cracked heels. Moisturizing properties of bananas are very helpful in getting rid of dry cracked heels. Mash one ripe banana into a smooth paste. Clean your feet thoroughly and apply the banana paste on your heels. Let it to sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash your feet with some warm water and then soak your feet in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes.
If you have extremely dry and cracked heels then apply a mixture of banana and olive oil on your heels. Mash one ripe banana into smooth paste and then add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to it. Apply this mixture on your clean heels and wash off after 20 minutes. To restore the softness and smoothness of your heels, repeat this remedy on a daily basis.
13. Avocado and Banana
Take half avocado and mix its flesh with pulp of fully ripe banana. Mix them well and apply this paste on affected areas at least for 20 minutes. Finally wash off and pat dry your skin with soft and clean cloth. This simple home remedy helps a lot to treat cracked heels and keep them soft and moisturized.
14. Paraffin Wax and Coconut Oil
Mix 1 tablespoon of paraffin wax that is melted and brought to room temperature and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Mix them well to make a thick paste and apply it all over your feet and gently massage for few minutes, paying special attention on heel areas. Leave this mixture on your feet overnight and then rinse it off in the next morning. Repeat this on a daily basis until you get the desired results.
15. Nutritional Foods
Sometimes deficiency of certain nutrients may also lead to dry and cracked heels so try to eat foods rich in zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E , calcium and iron because deficiency of any of these nutrients may lead t cracked heels or fissures.
Some Important Tips To Prevent Cracked Heels
(i) Avoid prolonged standing at work or home on hard floors which may cause cracks in your feet.
(ii) Avoid extreme hot water bath because it can lead to drying of the skin that in turn results in cracked heels.
(iii)Avoid walking bare foot as much as possible.
(iv) Always keep your feet clean and dirt free and before going to bed don’t forget to apply good moisturizer to prevent skin dryness.
(v) if you don’t get relief from cracked heels after using these remedies, then consult your problem with the doctor as it may result of any underlying health problems.