Cracket heels

Cracked heels are also called as heel fissures. Though it is not a major health issue, it does make your feet look ugly. When the crack becomes deep and severe, it gives a lot of pain even if you have to stand.

There are no particular reasons that cause cracked heels. Dry skin, hypothyroidism, diabetes, too much exposure to water, chill floors, heat or harsh/rough flooring can cause cracks on your heels.

There are many home remedies to treat and cure cracked heels naturally.

Oil massage

Applying oil on the affected area can help you heal the crack and the oil moisturizes dry skin. The fatty acids in the oil can cure the wound and reduce pain too.

You can use any of the below mentioned oils for massage.

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Almond oil
  • Sesame oil

Method:

  1. Take 1 spoon of oil in a bowl.
  2. Apply the oil on the affected area.
  3. Massage the oil into the cracks for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Leave the oil on the cracks and do not rinse it off.

You can apply oil and leave it overnight for better results. You can also cover your feet with socks to avoid dryness.

Soak your feet

There is nothing better than soaking your feet in warm water. It is so relaxing and it is one of the best ways to treat cracked heel. Soaking your feet in water can hydrate the skin.

Method:

  1. Take warm water in a small tub (bigger enough to immerse your feet).
  2. Add salt and little shampoo to the water.
  3. Clean your feet with a brush and soak your feet in the water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove your feet from water and wipe the water with a dry towel.
  5. Apply moisturizer or oil after drying your feet.

You can do this process twice or thrice a week.

Massage

Rosewater and glycerin soak

Glycerin naturally moisturises dry skin. Rose water adds to the moisturizing effect.

Ingredients required:

  • Warm water
  • 2 spoons of glycerin
  • 3 spoons of rose water
  • Lemon and salt (optional)

Method:

  1. Take required amount of warm water in a tub (enough water to soak your feet).
  2. Add rose water to the warm water.
  3. Clean your feet with a brush.
  4. Apply glycerin on the cracks.
  5. Soak your feet in the water.
  6. Leave it for 20 minutes and clean your feet with plain water.
  7. Par dry your feet and apply moisturizer.

You can add lemon juice and salt if you like. It will make your feet look more bright and clean. You can do this process twice a week.

Vinegar and oil soak

Vinegar works as a gentle exfoliator as it contains acetic acid in it. Oil can moisturize and hydrate the skin.

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Ingredients required:

  • 4 spoons of vinegar
  • 2 spoons of olive or coconut oil
  • Warm water

Method:

  1. Take required amount of warm water in a tub (enough water to soak your feet).
  2. Add vinegar and oil to the warm water.
  3. Clean your feet with a brush.
  4. Soak your feet in the water and leave in for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Clean your feet with plain water and pat dry with a towel.

You can apply moisturizer if required. You can do this process once a week.

Rice flour scrub

The coarse nature of rice flour can work like an exfoliating scrub. Dead skin cells and dirt can be removed by using this scrub.

Ingredients required:

  • 3 spoons of Vinegar
  • 3 spoons of honey
  • 2 spoons of rice flour (not very smooth)
  • Warm water

Method:

  1. Mix all the above mentioned ingredients to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste all over your feet including the cracks.
  3. Now massage gently like a scrub for 10 minutes.
  4. Clean your feet in plain water.
  5. Soak your feet in required amount of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Clean your feet with soap if required.

Pat dry your feet and apply moisturizer. You can visibly see clean and smooth feet. This process can be done once a week.

Fruit mask

Fruits have all necessary compounds to moisturize dry skin.

Ingredients required:

  • 2 or 3 ripe Bananas

Method:

  1. Mash the bananas with a masher to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the feet and on the cracks.
  3. Leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
  5. Apply oil on the cracks (any oil of your choice).

This method can be done on daily basis. You can add honey to the paste if you wish. This method will moisturize the skin and nourish your skin naturally. You can apply this mask after using the rice flour scrub.

Another easy method is to apply petroleum jelly on the cracks and wear a pair of socks and leave it overnight. When you have severe cracks, you can wear footwear inside your home and clean your feet frequently.

As a word of caution, do not use very hot water for soak, as it might dry your skin even more.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.