How to Heal Cracked Feet

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Cracked feet, which is commonly known as heel fissures is caused by lack of moisture. It is a problem, which affects the people of all age groups. In cracked feet, the skin around the rim of the heel gets thick and dry. Cracked feet seems harmless at the initial stage, but if left untreated for a prolonged period of time, the cracks become deeper and may lead to acute pain while standing or walking.

Are you thinking now how to heal cracked feet? Then read on to know the causes and symptoms first followed by the home remedies for cracked feet.

What Causes Cracked Feet

The main cause of cracked feet is the lack of moisture in the heel area because that area does not contain any oil glands. Apart from that there are various other reasons for which a person can get cracked feet. The most common causes of it are:

  • Dry skin
  • Lack of moisture
  • Aging
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Tight fitted shoes
  • Excess weight
  • Deficiency of zinc and omega-3 fatty acid

Symptoms of Cracked Feet

The most common symptoms of cracked feet are:

  • Red or flaky patches
  • Itching sensation
  • Inflammation
  • Peeling skin

Top 12 Home Remedies to Heal Cracked Feet

People with dry skin are most affected by cracked feet. There are various home remedies that use natural ingredients, such as white vinegar, aloe vera, oatmeal etc., to treat dry cracked feet. Let’s have a look at them:

1. Glycerine

GlycerinRich in moisturizing properties, the combination of glycerine with rose water can effectively treat dry cracked feet. This combination will give you very smooth and soft heels.

Things You Need:

  • Glycerin-1/4 tbsp
  • Rose water- 3/4 tbsp
  • Lemon juice-½ tbsp
  • Salt-1tbsp
  • Pumice stone-1
  • Warm water-As per your requirement to soak your feet

Method:

  1. Take a small container with ¼ tbsp of glycerine.
  2. Add ¾ tbsp of rose water and ½ tbsp lemon juice to it.
  3. Add some warm water and1tbsp salt to it, and stir.
  4. Apply this mixture on your feet and allow it to remain for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rub your toe with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin cells.
  6. Practice this process once in a week to get rid of dry cracked feet.

2. White Vinegar

White VinegarWhite vinegar has skin softening properties, so you can use it to treat cracked feet, which mainly happens due to hard and dry skin.

Things You Need:

  • White vinegar- ¼ cup
  • Water- ¾ cup
  • A moisturizer

 Method:

  1. Take ¼ cup of vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. Add a ¾ cup of water to it.
  3. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes in the prepared liquid.
  4. Remove your feet from the liquid, and then scrub your feet using a scrubber to remove the dead skin from your feet.
  5. Pat your feet dry and apply a moisturizer to the cracked heels.
  6. Repeat this process once in a week to heal your cracked feet.

3. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe VeraAloe vera is a good natural herb, which will cure your cracked feet and make it smooth.

Things You Need:

  • Aloe vera gel-2 tbsp
  • Tulsi (basil) leaves- 10
  • Turmeric powder-1tbsp
  • Camphor powder-1tbsp

Method:

  1. Take 10 fresh tulsi leaves and make a paste of it.
  2. Add 1tbsp of turmeric, 1tbsp of camphor powder and 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel to it to make a paste.
  3. Apply the paste to your cracked heels.
  4. Leave the paste on your heels for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your feet with warm water.
  6. Repeat this process twice a week to get rid of dry cracked feet.

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4. Oatmeal and Jojoba Oil

Loaded with nourishing and moisturizing properties both oatmeal and jojoba oil can treat dry cracked feet properly.

Things You Need:

  • Oatmeal powder-1tbsp
  • Jojoba oil-3tbsp

Method:

  1. Take 3 tbsp of jojoba oil in a container.
  2. Add to it 1tbsp of oatmeal powder and mix properly to make a paste.
  3. Apply this paste on the affected area.
  4. Allow it to remain for 30 minutes until it dries.
  5. Repeat this process every day to heal your cracked feet.

5. Honey and Milk

Honey is rich in moisturizing properties and when combined with milk, it helps to restore the lost moisture of your feet, thus heals the cracked feet effectively.

Things You Need:     

  • Milk -2 cups
  • Honey-1 cup
  • A large bowl

Method:

  1. Take a large bowl to soak your feet in it.
  2. Take 2 cups of milk and 1cup of honey in the bowl.
  3. Mix well the ingredients.
  4. Soak your feet completely in this honey and milk liquid for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Wash your feet with warm water.
  6. Follow this process every day to treat dry cracked feet.

6. Neem (Margosa) Leaves

The antifungal and antibacterial properties of neem leaves are very effective in treating cracked feet.  Neem is one of the most preferred remedies for cracked heels with bleeding.

Things You Need:

  • Neem leaves – a handful
  • Turmeric powder- 3 tbsp
  • Water- as per your requirement

 Method:

  1. Crush the neem leaves and add a little water to form a paste of it.
  2. Add 3 tbsp of turmeric powder to the paste and stir it well.
  3. Apply this paste to the cracks.
  4. Allow it to remain for 1 hour.
  5. Rinse your feet with fresh water.
  6. Practicing this process once in a week will help you to get rid of cracked feet.

7. Rice Flour Scrub

Rice FlourThe natural rice flour scrub, which you can prepare by using honey and olive or sweet almond oil, will easily help you to regain smooth and healthy skin of the feet. This scrub will also prevent the reoccurrence of cracked feet.

Things You Need:

  • Rice flour-3tbsp
  • Honey-2 tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar -1 to 2 tbsp
  • Olive oil or sweet almond oil – few drops
  • Warm water as per your requirement to soak your feet
  • A towel

Method:

  1. Take warm water in a container and keep your feet in the water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Gently rub your feet with a towel.
  3. Take 3 tbsp rice flour and add to it 2 tbsp of honey and 1-2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, and form a thick paste.
  4. Now apply the rice flour scrub on your cracked heels and gently rub your heels.
  5. Wash your feet with warm water.
  6. Repeat this process every day to get rid of dry cracked feet.

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8. Wax and Mustard Oil

The normal wax that is taken from the candle at your home along with mustard oil can heal your cracked feet.

Things You Need:

  • Wax-2 tbsp
  • Mustard oil- ½ cup
  • A pair of socks

Method:

  1. Take a ½ cup of mustard oil in a pan and heat it.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of wax to the oil and stir it continuously.
  3. Allow it to cool for some time.
  4. Apply it gently.
  5. Wear a pair of soak now so that you can protect your feet from dust.
  6. If the prepared wax would dry, heat it simultaneously and use it.
  7. Follow this process twice a day to get rid of cracked feet.

9. Scrubbing

The easiest way to remove the hard dead skin is by scrubbing. Always soak your feet in the water before you scrub. This will easily remove the dead skin from your feet.

Things You Need:

  • A large bowl
  • Liquid soap -3 to 4 tbsp
  • Water

Method:

  1. Take a large bowl with fresh water.
  2. Add 3-4 tbsp of liquid soap and mix it well.
  3. Soak your feet for 20 minutes.
  4. Repeat this process every day to heal cracked feet.

10. Vegetable Oil

Dry skin is one of the main causes of cracked feet. Use vegetable oil, which will help you to regain the lost moisture from your feet and heal your cracks on the feet.

Things You Need:

  • Vegetable oil- 2 to3 tbsp
  • A pair of socks

Method:

  1. Clean your feet with fresh water and pat dry.
  2. Take 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil and apply it directly to your cracked feet using your fingers.
  3. Allow it to remain for some time and wear a pair of socks to avoid spreading of the oil.
  4. Next day morning, wash your feet with water.
  5. Follow this remedy every night to get rid of cracked feet quickly. In a week’s time, you will get smooth and crack-free feet.

11. Lemon Juice

Lemon JuiceLemon juice has mild natural acidic property, which can help you remove the dead and dry skin from your feet.

Things You Need:

  • Warm water-A large bowl
  • Lemon juice –2 to 3 tbsp
  • A pumice stone

Method:

  1. Take a large bowl of warm water.
  2. Add 2 to 3 tbsp of lemon juice to it.
  3. Soak your feet in the bowl.
  4. Now rub your feet with a pumice stone.
  5. Wash your feet and dry it with a towel.
  6. Practice this remedy every day to get rid of cracked feet.

[Also Read:Home Remedies for Foot Pain]

12. Olive Oil

Olive OilOlive oil is one the most effective remedy for cracked feet as it will help to get back the lost moisture of your feet and skin, which will ultimately heal the cracked feet.

Things You Need:

  • Olive oil- 3 tbsp
  • A pair of socks

Method1: Using Olive Oil

  1. Take 3 tbsp of olive oil and apply it to your cracked feet.
  2. Wear a pair of socks to cover your cracked feet from the dust when the olive oil is applied.
  3. Allow it to remain for an hour.
  4. Wash your feet with warm water.
  5. Follow this process every day for cracked feet.

Things You Need:

  • Olive oil -1 tbsp
  • Lavender oil – 2 to 3 drops
  • Water- 2 to 3 drops

 Method2: Using Olive Oil and Lavender Oil

  1. Take 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2-3 drops of lavender oil in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 to 3 drops water to it and mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your dry cracked feet.
  4. Repeat this process once a week to treat dry cracked feet.

Tips to Get Rid of Dry Cracked Feet

  • Use the footwear that covers your feet fully. Avoid being barefoot as that may cause cracked feet.
  • Avoid footwear which is very tight for you.
  • Use mild soaps on your feet.
  • Use moisturizer on your feet before going to bed and after bathing.
  • Go for feet care products that have less alcohol content as alcohol can make your feet dry.

Do you have any suggestions to heal cracked feet? Try these effective home remedies and I am sure that you will get smooth and healed feet soon. Mail us we are here to help you.

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