Cracked heels affect millions of people around the world. However, the severity ranges from person to person and range from a cosmetic problem to a painful condition in some cases. Dry and thickened skin is the main problem associated with the condition but it can lead to numerous other issues such as itching, redness, peeling of skin and inflammation. However, if we take some simple precautions using ingredients easily available in our kitchen, the problem can be avoided altogether. Here are some simple yet amazing home remedies for getting rid of and preventing cracked feet.
Below Are The Remedies To Heal Cracked Feet:
1. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly is one of the most widely used remedies around the world for alleviating the problem of cracked and rough heels and getting beautiful, soft and moisturized skin. The process is quite simple, scrub off the hard dead skin around the heels using a pumice stone after soaking your feet in warm soapy water for 10-15 minutes. After this wash off your feet and pat dry using a towel. Now apply petroleum jelly generously all over the feet and heels and wear soaks to allow the jelly to get soaked well into the skin. Repeat the process daily before bed time to see great results within a few weeks.
2. Glycerin And Rosewater
An amazing concoction that works as one of the best remedies for cracked heels is glycerin and rosewater. Glycerin helps in softening the skin whereas rose water adds numerous nutrients including Vitamin A, D, E, C and B3 along with wonderful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties. To use this remedy to get rid of cracked feet, mix both glycerin and rose water in equal qualities and rub on the feet and heels every night at bedtime. Within a few days, you will be amazed with the results.
Honey is known throughout the world for its amazing anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties. This it also works as an effective remedy for getting rid of dry and cracked heels. To use this method, add a cup of honey in a foot tub containing warm water. mix well and soak your feet in this solution for a minimum of 15-20 minutes. After this, scrub the feet gently and repeat the remedy 3-4 times a week to see great results.
4. Rice Flour
Exfoliating the skin on your heels and feet will help in removing the dead skin, thus getting rid of dryness and cracking. Rice flour works effectively for this purpose. To make a homemade scrub for your feet, mix a cup of ground rice with 2-3 tablespoons of honey and enough apple cider vinegar to make a smooth but thick paste. Soak your feet in warm water and then use this scrub to remove dead skin from the feet. Repeat 2-3 times a week for effective results.
5. Vegetable Oil
Various vegetables oil prove too be quite effective in keeping cracked heels at bay. Sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil as well as hydrogenated vegetable oil can be used for this purpose. The best way to use this remedy is to apply the oil right before retiring to bed at night so that the oil can work all night and penetrate deep into the skin. To use this remedy, soak your feet in warm water and scrub off the dead skin using pumice stone. Dry the feet completely and apply any vegetable oil of your choice and let it work overnight. Within a few weeks, you will notice that the your cracked feet are totally gone.
6. Indian Lilac
Indian lilac or neem is a wonderful remedy for getting rid of cracked feet, especially if they are infected and itchy. It helps in sooth irritated skin and helps fight infection due to its wondrous anti-fungal properties. To use this remedy, grind few neem leaves along with water and make a paste and add 2-3 teaspoons of turmeric powder. Apply this paste on the cracked heels for about 30 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
7. Paraffin Wax
If your heels and feet are in a really bad shape and are causing pain, the paraffin wax treatment will give you immediate relief. Paraffin wax works as an excellent emollient and helps in softening the skin. Melt a block of paraffin wax using the double boiler technique and add in 2 tablespoons of coconut or mustard oil. Let the mixture cool down till a layer is formed on the top and then dip your feet in it. Wait for few seconds then dip again. Repeat the same process few times till your get numerous layers of wax on your feet. Now cover your feet with plastic wrap and let the mixture sit on the skin for 30 minutes. After this peel the wax off. You will notice immediate results.
Lemon has great acidic properties which make it extremely effective for softening the rough skin on the heels. For this remedy, simply add the juice of a lemon to half a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in this solution for 15 minutes. Don’t use water that is too hot as it will further dry out your skin. Now scrub your feet with a pumice stone and pat dry.
Ripe bananas work as amazing remedies for alleviating dry and cracked heel as they provide amazing moisturizing properties to the skin. Mash up a ripe banana and apply on your cleaned heels for 10-14 minutes to allow it to absorb into the skin. After this wash off using warm water and pat dry. Repeat the treatment daily for few weeks to get smooth and soft heels and feet.
10. Epsom Salt
Soaking your feet in Epsom salt foot soak will not only moisturize and nourish the skin but will also improve circulation of blood in the feet. To use this treatment, mix ½ cup of Epsom salt with a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes. Scrub your feet with pumice stone and soak again for another 10 minutes. Pat dry and follow with petroleum jelly or a good foot cream to lock the moisture in
As soon as you notice the first signs of dry and cracked heels, try any of the above mentioned remedies and get your soft and smooth heels back.