Wearing footwear’s always reminds you that you have cracked feet?
Cracked heels aren’t always harmful but in case if it has deeper cracks and fissures you need to worry because it can be painful and even can lead to bleeding. This may sometimes cause infection and can be an unavoidable situation for those individuals who are already suffering from disease like diabetes, low immune system due to illness or age. Here, you can see how to get rid of cracked heels at home. Top best natural home remedies for dry heels.
The problem of cracked heels is commonly observed in senior citizens, due to decrease in sebum secretion due to age, mostly seniors suffer from dry and cracked feet. There are conditions where it can affect either both feet or one of the foot but most commonly it affects both.
Symptoms of dry heels
Symptoms of cracked feet’s simply indicate that you have faults in your internal system of body. When the feet feel ignored it shows following symptoms:
- Red patches on feet
- Peeled and Cracked Skin
- Itchiness of skin
- Sometimes bleeding
Causes of cracked heels
- Prolong standing can get cracked feet
- Obesity can sometimes lead to crack feet
- Even natural shedding of dry skin across the heel is observed due to excessive activities which are related to feet.
- Sometimes disease and disorder such as athlete foot, Eczema, thyroid, diabetes etc., can cause cracked feet
- Hard floor may too be reason behind cracking of feet.
- Back-open sandals or shoes may allow infections on heels that may expand sideways. Deep cracks increases the risk of an individual suffering from an infection. Close shoes should be avoided during the time you are suffering from crack heels because it gives a perfect environment to fungus to reproduce.
You are advised to take off the dead skin from cracked feet with the scissors carefully.
And get rid of the dead skin which is present on the upper layer before starting any of your treatments on cracked heels. Most of the foot problems are due to our ignorance towards our feet. Dry Skin or Xerosis is the most common cause which result in cracked heels.
Going parlor to always beautify the feet can sometimes be expensive. What if some parlour tricks are playing at home. Following are some remedies for cracked feet, which can be performed at home.
Home remedies to treat cracked and dry heels naturally
Banana and avocado mask for cracked feet
Banana, Avocado and coconut are a rich source of essential oils, vitamins, they soften and moisturise our feet.
How to use it?
Pulp of ripe banana can be applied over the cracked area of the heel. Wait for 10 minutes, then wash off.
Ripe banana and a half of avocado should be blend together and apply it to feet and keep it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Vaseline for dry feet
Clean and Dry your feet. Cleaning it will help you to remove dirt and foam. Then soak feet in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it and dry it, then apply Vaseline to feet.
Sesame oil to soften skin
Sesame oil softens skin and heals the crack lessening the burning and painful situation.
How to use it?
Apply sesame oil on the cracked part of heel before going to sleep and leave it overnight.
NOTE: Massage sesame oil well till it properly gets mixed with skin.
Vegetable oil to soften heel
As sesame oil, vegetable oil also has softening and heeling effects.
How to use it?
Wash your feet properly with water, so the dirt gets removed then apply vegetable oil and massage it properly well. Keep it overnight.
Paraffin wax for cracked heels
Paraffin wax is the best when cracked heels give you painful sensations.
How to use it?
Take paraffin wax and mix it with any oil either it can be coconut oil or mustard oil. Heat that oil till the wax melts completely. Let it cool down then apply on the cracked feet.
Rose water, glycerine, lemon, salt mixture
Glycerine and Rose water, moisturize skin and lemon and salt heal the burning sensations.
How to use it?
Take a bucket full of lukewarm water. Add to it salt, rosewater, and glycerine and lemon juice. Mix it well. Soak your feet for about 10-15 minutes.
Try aloe vera gel to reduce cracking heel
Aloe vera gel is the best natural home remedy for skin problems. Use this aloe vera gel for cracked feet. You can use it directly or mix it with any herbs to get smooth feet. This helps for health problems such as diabetic patients. Diabetic foot when cracked may have harbored bacteria and germs that give rise to more complications. Instead of aloe Vera, you can also use these as both of them have antimicrobial, such as cracks on diabetic feet. Neem leaves are used to cracked heels and can suffer from diabetes.
How to use it?
Take 2 tablespoons of aloe vera, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of tulsi leaves, and 1 teaspoon of camphor powder. Crush some basil leaves and paste them by adding all of them with aloe vera gel. Mix them well and apply them on your cracked heels. Leave them for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this process daily to prevent cracked heels.
Homemade skin ointment for cracked heels
This home remedy acts as a natural moisturizing agent that can work stubborn and heals cracked foot. It also reduces pain due to severe cuts. Use magnesium flakes as a natural ingredient which are rich in magnesium chloride in the form of salt from sea water. Magnesium chloride present in magnesium oil in the form of water substance. It is quicker to react with skin cuts and gives soft and supple skin.
How to use it?
Take ¼ cup of shea butter, ¼ cup of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of beeswax, ¼ cup of magnesium flakes or oil, 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Mix magnesium flakes in boiling water and stir them to form a thick paste. Melt the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a bowl. Heat a pan and pour a little water in it. Now, place a bowl with wax, butter and oil on this. Heat it in medium flame and all of them are melted. Remove them from heat and cool down it. Mix them well and blend it. Pour the liquid into magnesium, flakes. Slowly add a few drops, but not at a time. Blend them and refrigerate for 10 – 15 minutes. Blend them well and store them in a container with a lid. Apply a thick layer of ointment on cracked heels and wear a socks. Repeat this on every night to get rid of cracked heels.
Rice flour is the effective treatment for cracked heels
Rice flour is effective that can exfoliate the skin on your feet. This helps to heel and remove dead skin. This also prevents cracking and dryness. Rice flour is best used as a part of homemade exfoliating scrub. Prepare a handful of ground rice flour and add a few teaspoons of honey into it. Add apple cider vinegar that helps to get smooth heels. Mix them well to form a thick paste. You can also add a tablespoon of olive oil into the paste, if you have extremely bad cracked heel. First, soak your feet in a warm water for about 10 minutes. Gently scrub them with rice flour paste. Repeat the process for a few times for a week until you get satisfied with the best results.
Oil massage for cracked heels
Oil massage is the best homemade treatment for cracked heels. This works best not only for dry feet but also for your skin anywhere. This can either use any hydrogenated oil. This is alone or mix them to add more benefits to your feet. Take almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil and warm water. First you need to soak your feet in warm water and wash your feet to remove dirt on your feet. Mix all the oils or you can use any one of them. Massage your heels with these oils or oil mixture. Wear a socks and go for sleep. Repeat this until your cracked heels are cured.
Milk and honey to exfoliate cracked heels
Milk and honey mixture is best to take care of your feet at home quickly. This helps to get rid of cracked heels. This is the essential home remedy for daily regime to clean and moisturize your heels. Repeat it once a week to exfoliate your skin. Daily you need to moisturize your cracked heel to get better results. But, here you have a natural exfoliating of honey and milk. Take 2 cups of milk and add 1 cup of honey to it. Add milk and honey in a soaking basin and mix them well. If you feel to want more quantity, then you can increase the measurement, but maintain a proportion of one cup of honey to two cups of milk. Soak your feet for 15 – 20 minutes. Massage your heels while soaking. Keep doing for about 10 minutes. Rinse your feet with lukewarm water and repeat for better results.
So now, doing pedicure at home is very easy. No going out and spending money. A small wonder at home and your feet is ready to face the worst situations with a smile.