Cracked feet are not only an embarrassing condition, they are also accompanied with searing pain. Cracks in the feet often result from the drying of the heels, and in extreme cases, may be accompanied by the formation of sores and bleeding. In addition to the drying of the heels, other causes of cracked feet is the persistent exposure to water, excessive weight, standing for extended periods of time as well as wearing the wrong types of shoes.
Cracked feet, also referred to as heel fissures, are rather common among people from different age groups. Other symptoms that accompany heel fissures include flaky skin on the affected foot, severe itchiness and peeling skin. In order to deal with this condition, you need to learn that the essence of all remedies used for treating cracked feet is to moisturize one’s feet. This will not only keep your feet crack-free, it will also ensure that infections do not affect the open skin. Below are the recommended remedies if you suffer from heel fissures. Most of the remedies mentioned below are easy to use, and can effortlessly be integrated into your daily hygiene routine.
You will need the following standard items for all the remedies below:
– A clean pair of socks
– A foot basin
– A clean towel
This is important because you will need the foot basin to soak in and the clean towel to dry your feet after rinsing. The socks come in after application of the remedy and an appropriate skin moisturizer, as they are able to lock in the moisture and effects in order to treat the cracks.
1. Foot Scrub:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of fresh milk, 5 cups of warm water, 5 tablespoons of salt, half cup of baby oil and a thick skin moisturizer (may be substituted with petroleum jelly).
The purpose of this scrub is to exfoliate your feet and effectively get rid of dead skin cells that have accumulated on the heels. Milk is the primary ingredient for this remedy, and it is loved for its ability to nourish the skin and assist with the process of regeneration. Warm water on the other hand, softens the rough feet while the addition of salt allows its disinfectant properties to manage potential infections within the cracks. You will need a pumice stone to carry out the scrubbing before you can slather a generous amount of the moisturizer onto your feet.
- Mix the milk and the warm water in the foot basin before soaking your feet in for about 15 minutes.
- As your feet soak in the milky mixture, take a few minutes to prepare the foot scrub. For this, you will need to mix the baby oil with the salt until you get a grainy paste, but with thick consistency.
- After 15 minutes have elapsed, apply the oil-salt paste gently on your feet, preferably massaging in gentle circular motions to get the most of the paste. Do this for 5 minutes.
- You will then take your pumice stone and gently scrub your feet, with the paste still on for another 5 minutes.
- Rinse your feet well with warm water and pat dry.
- Follow this up with the application of an ideal and thick skin moisturizer.
- Lastly, put on your socks and allow your feet to rest for a couple of hours.
- Use this remedy at least twice daily until you notice the cracks start to disappear.
2. Coconut Oil:
Time Required: 20 Min (preparation), overnight application.
What You Need: Warm water, loofah and coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the most amazing ways to treat heel fissures. It not only does a good job in moisturizing the feet, it also has excellent anti-fungal properties that help ward off infections from affecting the cracks. Coconut oil is also pretty easy to get, so if you suffer from cracked feet, make this your best friend. Olive oil may be used in place of coconut oil as it is also an excellent moisturizer. The best time to use this remedy is at bedtime as your feet have the chance to relax and truly benefit from the oil’s moisturization overnight.
- Place the warm water in the basin and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes.
- Dry your feet, paying attention to the skin between the toes.
- Apply a generous amount of the coconut oil on your cracked feet.
- Wear the clean pair of socks overnight.
- The next morning, remove your socks before rinsing your feet.
- Repeat this procedure daily until you are content with the improvement of your heels.
3. Banana Foot Mask:
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: 1 Ripe banana, warm water, gauze to cover and petroleum jelly.
Giving your cracked feet a banana mask will breathe life into your feet and speed up the healing process. This is because banana is gentle on the skin, and works effectively as a skin moisturizer. The end result is soft skin and the slow but gradual healing of cracked feet. The warm water is used to soften the skin on the feet as well as to rinse the remedy off. If you are looking for a simple yet effective remedy, the use of the banana mask will do you well.
- Peel the banana and mash it to create a pulp-like substance. Set aside for a few minutes.
- Soak your feet in the warm water for 5 minutes to improve the remedy’s efficiency.
- Dab your feet dry before applying the banana pulp on the affected parts of your feet. While this need not be done excessively, you must make sure that the mask covers any part of the heel with the cracks.
- Let the mask stay on your feet for about 40 minutes. You may use gauze to cover the pulp, but this does not work too well if you are constantly on the move.
- Rinse with warm water before drying once more and applying the petroleum jelly on the feet.
- This remedy is recommended for daily use, even twice per day if you can.
4. Homemade Honey Heel Cream:
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: 1 Cup of raw organic honey, a warm bath, 2 tablespoons of whole milk, 1 fresh orange, a pumice stone, gauze and skin moisturizer.
One of the easiest ways to manage cracked feet is to consistently moisturize your heels. There is no better way to do this than to make your own heel cream using natural organic ingredients. This home-made heel cream plays a key role in nourishing the skin while ensuring the affected feet stay hydrated. Honey is used because it is one of the most popular humectants. A humectant, in simple definition, is a compound that seal moisture on the skin, a much-needed trait in dealing with cracked feet. The cream also includes whole milk which has high amounts of Vitamin A. Vitamin A not only helps repair the skin, it also nourishes it for the regeneration of new cells.
Milk also has the advantage of making the honey less viscous so that it is easy to apply. Orange juice is added to the heel cream, thanks to its high concentration of Vitamin C. Studies show that Vitamin C plays a major role in the synthesis of collagen. Collagen is the compound found in the skin, and which is responsible for its elasticity. The inclusion of orange juice therefore, allows the skin some flexibility that enables it to withstand significant pressure without cracking.
Once you have prepared this cream, you will need to soak your feet in warm water before drying and applying the cream. The best time for the use of the heel cream is at bedtime as it allows overnight action with better results and speedy healing.
- Warm the honey in a water bath in order to make it easy to apply.
- Warm the milk on its own too. This is key because it facilitates proper mixing of the two ingredients.
- Mix the honey and milk and stir before adding in the orange juice. Set this cream aside.
- Soak your feet in warm water in the foot basin for about 15 minutes.
- Use the pumice stone to gently scrub the cracked and callused skin.
- Rinse your feet and dry well using a clean towel.
- Spread a layer of the cream onto your heels so that you have an even layer on the affected parts of the skin.
- Massage the cream for about 5 minutes.
- If you would like, wrap the cream in gauze and wear your socks overnight.
- Remove your socks and rinse your feet before drying and applying skin moisturizer.
5. Menthol Skin Rub:
Time Required: 10 Min preparation and overnight application.
What You Need:Menthol rub and warm water.
Menthol rub is a great choice of home remedies for cracked feet. This is because it is rich in an array of essential oils that help treat the cracked skin. The menthol rub also comes in handy because it possesses healing powers that help address toenail fungus, a common accompanying condition in people with extremely cracked heels. As with a number of other remedies, menthol skin rub works best if applied and left overnight.
- Make sure you have cleaned your feet prior to the application of this remedy.
- Apply a generous amount of the menthol skin rub on the cracked feet.
- Wear a clean pair of socks and allow the remedy to stay overnight.
- Remove your socks the next morning and rinse your feet using warm water.
- Use this remedy at least once daily or until the used skin falls off and the cracks begin to heal.
6. Glycerin Mixture:
Time Required: 15 Mins preparation and overnight application.
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of glycerin, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, rose water and warm water to rinse.
Glycerin is a common addition to skin and body care products because it has excellent moisturizing properties. Just like honey, glycerin also has humectant properties that help retain and seal moisture in the cracked feet. Lemon juice is added because it is rich in Vitamin C which helps rejuvenate the skin. Rose water on the other hand, has a lovely smell which adds to the remedy’s benefits. Make sure your feet are clean before using this remedy.
- Mix the lemon juice and glycerin in equal amounts before stirring.
- You may include the rose water at this point.
- Apply this mixture on your feet and massage well.
- Wear your socks overnight for this remedy to take effect.
- Rinse your feet in the morning.
- Make sure you follow this remedy religiously for a couple of weeks to effectively treat the cracked heels.
7. White Vinegar:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of white vinegar, warm water and shea butter.
White vinegar is a key remedy if you need to get rid of cracked heels. This is because it is rich in acetic acid that helps get rid of dried skin cells. It is also key in the softening of the skin, which helps eliminate the pain that accompanies cracked heels. Note, however, that you need to dilute the white vinegar lest it causes further aggravation of the cracks.
- Add a quarter cup of the white vinegar to the warm water and stir to mix well.
- Soak your feet in the water for 10 minutes to soften and treat the cracks.
- Scrub your feet gently before rinsing with the warm water.
- Dry your feet before applying the shea butter.
- Use this remedy daily for speedy healing of the cracked feet.
Other remedies that you may use for the treatment of cracked heels include an Epsom salt foot soak which treats and detoxifies the cracked feet, paraffin wax which helps retain the skin’s natural oils as well as the use of oatmeal and jojoba oil mixture. Aloe vera is also a popular home remedy for the treatment of cracked feet. Other measures that you can put in place in order to better manage cracked feet and hasten the process of healing include staying hydrated, taking a balanced diet and avoiding sandals for prolonged periods as these allow for the skin to expand. Regular scrubbing also goes a long way in managing the cracks.