Cracked heels, or heel fissures, are a common condition in which the skin begins to break along the outer edge of the heel. The skin there becomes very dry, hard and flaky, which causes the fissures to occur. Some of these fissures may even lead to painful bleeding. But there’s no need to lose hope, because there are excellent home remedies to treat this condition. Lets review some of them.

What Causes Cracked Heels?
Cracked heels can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons, but here are some of the most commonly found responsible factors:

  • Walking barefoot for extended periods of time
  • Regular use of sandals
  • Living in dry climates
  • Wearing open backed shoes
  • Thick, hard and inflexible skin around the heels
  • Walking or standing on your heels for a long time
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of proper support from footwear around the heel
  • Prolonged standing on hard floors
  • Inactive sweat glands
  • Poor foot hygiene
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Athlete’s Foot, eczema or other skin conditions
  • Deficiency in minerals, vitamins, or zinc
  • Thyroid problems or Diabetes
  •  Flat feet or high arched heels

How Can You Treat Cracked Heels?
One of the most important habits to adopt if you have cracked heels, or have had it in the past, is to keep your feet moisturized at all time. Use a soft foot file on your cracked heels to reduce the development of fissures and to remove dry and dead skin cells. Remember, getting rid of cracked heels can be a bit of a process, and the condition will not disappear overnight.

Honey
Honey is a natural source that can work wonders for your cracked feet as it naturally moisturizes the skin. You can add one cup of honey to your footbath which should be filled with warm water.

Just like before, soak your feet in the honey water for around 20 minutes and then gently scrub the hard skin. Make sure to still moisturize afterward, though.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another natural remedy for cracked feet and not only because it helps to moisturize the skin but also because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties. This is a great remedy for those whose cracked feet have developed deeper into the skin.

After you have soaked and scrubbed your feet before bed, apply generous amounts of coconut oil to your feet and put on clean cotton socks. Once you wake in the morning, take off the socks and wash your feet as normal.

You can do this daily until your cracked feet are gone. After long search we found the perfect coconut oil on online market.

Ripe Bananas

Bananas can be an excellent moisturizer if they are used correctly. Mash up the banana and apply the mixture to your dry and cracked heels. Leave it on your feet for 15 minutes, then wash the mixture off with warm water. Later, use cold water to wash off the remainder and to refresh your feet.
Paraffin Wax
If you experience pain from cracked heels, paraffin wax can give you almost instant relief. Mix the paraffin with coconut or mustard oil and then heat it up until the wax melts. Use the resulting liquid and apply it to your feet to be left overnight and wash it off in the morning. You’ll be amazed at the results!
Lemon Juice
Applying lemon juice to cracked heels will soften the skin as lemon has acidic properties. Stick your feet in a bucket of lukewarm water and lemon juice for 10 to 15 minutes to hydrate your feet. Once you finish, clean your feet with a pumice stone and pat your feet dry.

Vegetable Oil

As well as coconut oil, you can also use any other form of vegetable oil. Do the same as with the coconut oil and apply after scrubbing feet before bed. It is advised not to let your feet thoroughly dry after you scrub them so as to lock in maximum moisture when you sleep at night.

Salt Water

Believe it or not, this is an excellent remedy for dry and cracking heels, and it may be why most of the beach bums you know have soft, baby-like feet. Place your feet into a bucket of salty warm water and leave them there for 15 minutes. Now remove your feet and place them in a bucket of cold water for 10 minutes. This will improve the blood circulation to your feet.

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Written by jale