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15 Natural Remedies to cure Cracked Heels

15 Natural Remedies to cure Cracked Heels
HTC Editor
HTC Editor
March06/ 2017


Cracked heels are a common problem that most of the people are facing these days. Cracked heels are also called as heel fissures that commonly cause dry skin. The dry skin can make the condition more complicated when the skin around the rim of your heel is thick. In most of the cases, it is considered as a common problem, but it can be more painful when the cracks are deep and it may cause bleeding leading to complications.

How to Cure Cracked Heels Naturally?

The natural remedies that can cure your cracked heels include the following:

  1. Foot mask containing lemon, salt, glycerine and rose water

To prepare this foot mask you need the following ingredients in respective quantity:

  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Glycerine
  • Rosewater
  • Warm water

Take a basin containing warm water and add raw salt to it and add 8-10 drops of lemon juice. To the same water add one tablespoon of glycerine and one teaspoon of rosewater. Soak your feet in the basin for 15-20 minutes. By using a pumice stone or a foot scrubber, scrub your heels and the sides of your feet to clear the dry skin and cure cracked heels.

Take one teaspoon of glycerine and mix with one teaspoon of rosewater. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice to it mix all the ingredients thoroughly and apply this mixture on your cracked heels. Wear a pair of socks after applying this mixture and leave it overnight. Use lukewarm water in the morning to wash your feet.

Lemon juice is known for its acidic properties thus, it helps in healing the rough and dry skin and prevents cracking. Glycerine plays a major role in making your skin soft whereas, the rosewater has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can naturally cure cracked heels.

  1. Vegetable oil

Vegetable oil is an essential remedy to cure cracked heels. It is the best cure for cracked heels. Before applying vegetable oil, wash your feet completely and dry them up by using a clean towel. Apply a layer of vegetable oil on the cracked portion of your feet.

Wear a pair of socks and leave it overnight. Wash your feet using lukewarm water in the morning for perfect heels.  The fats present in the vegetable oil can nourish your skin well and heal the cracked parts of your feet.

  1. Foot mask containing banana or banana and avocado

Take one ripe banana and blend it with half avocado to form a fine paste. Apply this creamy paste over your feet and keep it for 15-20 minutes and then use lukewarm water to wash your feet.  You can make use of this remedy every day till your heels becomes soft and the cracks are healed.

Avocado is rich in essential oils, fats and vitamins that can repair your dry cracked skin. Banana is usually used as a moisturizer that makes your skin softer and smoother and eventually cures cracked heels.

  1. Lemon juice and Vaseline

Before using this remedy, soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes and the pat dry your skin. Take one teaspoon of Vaseline and mix it will few drops of lemon juice. Rub this mixture over your heels till it gets absorbed in your skin.

Wear a pair of socks after applying this mixture and keep it overnight. Wash your feel in the morning with lukewarm water. Wearing woolen socks helps in trapping the body’s heat and increase the effectiveness of this mixture in healing your cracked heels.

  1. Paraffin wax

Mix one tablespoon of paraffin wax and mix it with 2-3 drops of mustard or coconut oil. Put this mixture and heat it in pan till the wax completely melts. Allow this mixture to cool down at room temperature and then apply on your feet.

For better results, you can apply this paste before going to bed and wear socks and keep it overnight. Wash your feet in the morning with lukewarm water to cure cracked heels. Paraffin wax is generally considered as a natural emollient that can soften your skin. This home remedy is generally not preferred for diabetic patients.

  1. Honey

Take one cup and honey and add it to half bucket of warm water. Soak your feet in this mixture for 15-20 minutes. Use pumice stone or foot scrubber to obtain a soft and supple feet. Honey is generally considered as a natural antiseptic that can help in healing your cracked feet. The soothing property of honey can soothe and revitalize your skin.

  1. Rice flour

Rice flour is an effectual cure for cracked heels. Mix 2-3 tablespoon of ground rice and mix it with one teaspoon of honey. To this mixture add 3-4 drops of apple cider vinegar to form a thick paste. You can also add olive oil or almond oil to this mixture in case of extremely dry skin.

Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes and gently scrub this paste on your feet to remove dead skin from your feet. You can use this remedy twice a week for better results.

  1. Olive oil

Use a cotton ball or a clean cloth to gently massage olive oil on your feet in a circular motion.  Massage your feet for 10-15 minutes and wear a pair of socks. Leave the oil on your feet for one hour and wash your feet with lukewarm water.

Olive oil is the best cure for cracked heels. Olive oil can nourish your skin and makes your skin soft and supple. It is one of the natural ways to make your feet soft and smooth.

  1. Oatmeal

Take one tablespoon of powdered oat meal and mix it with olive oil to form a thick paste. Apply this paste over your feet and cover the cracked parts of your feet with the mixture. Leave it for an hour and rinse your feet with cold water and pat dry your skin. Use this remedy alternate day to naturally cure cracked heels.

  1. Sesame oil

For curing cracked heels, you can also use sesame oil. Apply sesame oil on the cracked parts of your feet and massage it well, till the oil is absorbed in your skin. You can use this remedy before going to bed for better results.

Sesame oil plays an important role in nourishing and moisturizing your feet and can cure cracked heels effectively.

  1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is ancient remedy used for curing cracked heels. Take two tablespoon of coconut oil and apply on your feet by covering the cracked portion of your feet. Wear socks and leave it overnight and wash your feet in the morning with lukewarm water.

  1. Listerine

Take one cup of Listerine and add one cup of white vinegar to it and mix in two cups of water. Put this mixture in the basin with warm water and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Use foot scrubber or pumice stone to remove the dead skin from your feet.

Use clean water to rinse your feet and moisturize your skin for better results. Continue this remedy for 3-4 days till the dead skin wears off completely and the cracks are healed.

  1. Baking Soda

Take 2-3 tablespoon of baking soda and add it to warm water. Mix well so that the baking soda is completely dissolved in the water. Soak your feet in this solution for 10-15 minutes. Scrub your feet gently with a scrubber or pumice stone and rinse with clean water. You can use this remedy twice a week to cure cracked heels.

Baking soda is generally considered as an exfoliant that helps in removing the dead cells and also helps in soothing your skin. Baking soda is the most commonly used remedy to cure cracked heels naturally as it also has anti-inflammatory properties.

  1. Apple cider vinegar

Take one cup of apple cider vinegar and add it to the basin containing water. Soak your feet in the water for about 10-15 minutes and then scrub your feet to remove the dead skin cells. In case of deep cracks you can use this remedy either alternate days or daily till the dead cells are removed completely. Apple cider vinegar is an effectual cure for cracked heels.

  1. Epsom salt

Epsom salt is a common natural remedy used for many diseases. Mix half cup of Epsom salt in a basin containing water. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in it. Scrub your feet to remove the dead skin. Epsom salt can soften your skin.

Cracked heels can be cured effectively with the above mentioned home remedies. Cure your cracked heels as it can increase the risk of infection in case of deep cracks.

HTC Editor
HTC Editor

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist)former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women.She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences.She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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