Cracked or dry feet is a very common problem especially in women and this can range in severity from a cosmetic problem to a painful one. This can occur in both children and adults and it seems to affect women more often than men. The skin on the feet most especially on the heel tends to become drier because there are no oil glands present there. The dryness causes the skin to crack. Having dry and cracked heels may be a result of an overexposure to pollution, a lack of moisture, aging, an unhealthy diet, standing for a long time, wearing the wrong types of shoes, and medical conditions like diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, thyroid, and corns and calluses.
Here are some home remedies for cracked heels which you can try to resolve this kind of problem:
You can use coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil or any hydrogenated vegetable oil for this procedure.
Wash the feet and dry them up with a clean towel. Apply a layer of vegetable oil on the cracked heels and other cracked parts of the feet. Wear thick socks and leave it overnight. Wash the feet in the morning. Do this every day before going to bed.
Vegetable oil contains fats that nourish the skin and heal cracked feet. It can be used to prevent and treat cracked heels.
Allow the feet to soak in warm water with lemon juice for about 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub the cracked heels using a pumice stone. Wash the feet and dry them with a towel. Another option is to mash a papaya fruit and add lemon juice to it to create a paste. Apply this paste on the cracked heels and leave it for 10 to 20 minutes. Another way is to cut a fresh lemon in half and use them to massage the heels squeezing the lemons as you massage the heels. Massage each heel for about 5 minutes. Wash the feet with water and apply a thick moisturizer.
The acidic property of lemons can be effective in softening the rough skin that causes cracking of the feet. Lemon contains acetic acid that helps remove dead skin on cracked and dry heels.
Make a scrub by mixing ground rice with apple cider vinegar and honey and stir it until the mixture becomes a thick paste. You can also add a tablespoon of sweet almond oil or olive oil especially if the cracking on the heels is extremely bad. Soak the feet in warm water for about 10 minutes and gently scrub the heels with rice flour paste afterward. Do this a few times a week.
Exfoliating the skin on the heels and the feet will help remove dead skin which prevents dryness and cracking. Rice flour can be used as a homemade exfoliating scrub.
4.Banana or Avocado and Banana Foot Mask
Blend half an avocado and a ripe banana. Apply the paste on the heels and feet. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash the feet with lukewarm water. Do this every day until the heels become softer.
Banana can act as a moisturizer and it makes the skin smoother and softer while avocado is rich in vitamins, fats, and several essential oils that help repair dry skin.
5.Vaseline and Lemon Juice
Soak the feet for 15 to 20 minutes in warm water. Rinse and dry them. Mix a few drops of lemon juice with one teaspoon of Vaseline. Rub the mixture on the heels and feet until it gets absorbed into the skin. Wear a pair of woolen socks. Leave it overnight and wash off in the morning. Woolen socks trap the body’s heat which can increase the effectiveness of the mixture. Do this regularly before sleeping.
The combination of Vaseline’s moisturizing properties and lemon’s acidic properties help get rid of dry and achy feet.
Melt a block of paraffin wax and mix in two tablespoons of coconut oil or mustard oil in a pan. Allow it to cool down to room temperature and until thin layer forms on the top. Apply the mixture on the feet or dip the feet on the mixture and wait for 5 to 10 seconds before dipping the feet again. Do this repeatedly until you have several layers of paraffin wax built up. You can either wear a socks and leave it overnight or cover the feet in plastic and leave for 30 minutes before removing the plastic and peeling off the wax from the skin. Repeat the treatment once or twice a week.
A paraffin wax treatment can provide quick relief especially if the cracked heels are really bad and are causing a lot of pain. Paraffin wax acts as a natural emollient to soften the skin. This remedy is not recommended for people who have poor circulation and are diabetic.
Mix a cup of honey to a bucket of warm water. Soak the feet for 15 to 20 minutes. Scrub off gently afterward. This can be done regularly to quickly get rid of cracked heels.
Honey has soothing properties that help revitalize the skin. It is also a natural antiseptic which helps heal cracked heels and feet
Mix a tablespoon of powdered oatmeal and 4 to 5 drops of olive oil to create a thick paste. Apply the paste over the heels and feet. Leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water and allow it to dry using a clean towel. You can do this every other day until you get rid of cracked heels.
Oatmeal has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soften the skin and remove dead skin cells.
Fill two-thirds of the bucket with warm water and add 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix well until the baking soda dissolves in the water. Soak the feet in the mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the feet from the soak and gently scrub using a pumice stone. Rinse with clean water. Do this twice a week.
Baking soda has used an exfoliant which removes dead skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe the skin.