Cracked heels and feet look extremely unattractive and, in some cases they can lead to infection and extreme pain. Cracked feet can be taken care of with home remedies. Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just overexposure or lack of moisturizing.
Medically, cracked heels are also known as heel fissures. Fissures are regular linear cut wounds and mostly affect the surface level which comprises of the epidermis.
Cracked heels are not a harmful or dangerous in anyway except when the fissures or cracks are deep, and tend to become painful and the skin begins to bleed. This then could lead to infection and it should be avoided especially for those already suffering from chronic ailments such as diabetes or lowering immune system due to age or illness which may retard the treatment of cracked heels.
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Cracked Heels Home Remedies
CAUSES OF CRACKED HEELS
Cracked heels can be caused by the following:
Naturally dry skin or thick dry skin (callus) around the heel that is more likely to crack is often due to excessive feet activity.
- Standing for a long time at work or home. Hard floors may also cause cracks in the feet.
- Being overweight or obessed may increase the pressure on the normal fat pad under the heel, thereby causing it to expand sideways and if the skin lacks flexibility the pressure on the feet lead to cracked heels.
- Back-open sandals or shoes allow the fat under the heel to expand sideways and this increases the possibility of cracks on the heels.
- Certain Disease and Disorders like Athlete’s foot, Psoriasis, Eczema, Thyroid disease, Diabetes and some other skin conditions may also cause cracked heels.
- Continuous exposure to water especially running water, can rob the skin of its natural oils and this can leave the skin dry and rough. Standing for prolonged periods in a damp area such as a bathroom can cause dry and cracked heels.
- Age – Thick dry scaly skin lose elasticity with age and thus cracks have higher incidence with age.
- Wearing Ill fitting shoes also caused cracked heels.
- Unhygienic circumstances or conditions and Deficiency of vitamins, minerals and zinc.
HOME REMEDIES FOR CRACKED HEELS
Vegetable oils can be used to treat and prevent cracked heels. Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or any other hydrogenated vegetable oil will work.
For best results, scrub your feet with pumice stone, rub vegetable oil on it and wear a socks. Use this remedy before going to bed to allow ample time for the oil to fully penetrate your skin.
Lemons contain acidic properties that can be very effective in softening rough skin that leads to cracking. Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with lemon juice added to it.
Avoid using very hot water, which can cause your feet to dry out more. Scrub your cracked heels using a pumice stone. Wash your feet and pat dry with a towel.
ROSEWATER AND GLYCERIN
The combination of glycerin is good for treating cracked heels. Glycerin softens the skin, which is why it is widely used in cosmetics. Rose water adds vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E as well as antioxidant, anti- inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Mix equal amounts of glycerin and rose water thoroughly and rub it on your heels and feet daily before going to bed at night.
VASELINE AND LEMON
Mix one teaspoon of Vaseline and juice from one whole lemon. Wash your feet and pat them dry before applying. Apply to the dry areas and heels of your feet until you’ve used the entire batch.
Do this before going to bed and wear wool socks to lock in the moisture. The wool will also prevent your sheets from becoming stained. The oils in the mixture will soften the dry areas and exfoliate our feet in the morning.
HONEY AND ALOE VERA
Mix equal parts honey and aloe vera gel, rub it on the feet, Leave this solution overnight.
Other Home Remedies for Cracked Heel
- Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruit, they help hydrate the body. Fruits like watermelon, cucumber, apple are very good for this.
- Combine 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide and 2 cups of hot water in a foot soak. Sit for a full 30 minutes with your heels completely immersed in the solution. Completely dry your feet and immediately use the foot file or pumice stone to removed the dead skin.
- For cracked heel, fill a small basin with hot water and add 2 tbsp baking soda and 1 tbsp salt. Soak feet for 20 minutes for softened skin.