Dry cracked heels are the most frequent concern. The skin on your feet is naturally dry, unlike the skin on the rest of the body. If the cracks are more than it is called fissures, which become severe and may cause bleeding, infection and pain when standing or walking.
Dry feet can range in severity from mild, temporary dry skin to severe dry skin that causes additional problems. The skin on your feet has no oil glands, so it relies on hundreds of thousands of sweat glands to keep our feet moisturized. Skin can become dry for a number of reasons, but there are ways to prevent it, such as keeping your feet moisturized and avoiding rubbing or scratching the skin.
Foot care is very important for your beauty and health. This can be problematic for people who do not properly moisturize their feet on a regular basis. Cracked heels, rough skin, and dead skin on the feet are a few of the very common foot problems. You can easily cure these foot problems with natural foot care home remedies at home.
Symptoms of dry feet
If you have dry feet you may experience the following symptoms.
- Rough skin
- Cracks in the feet
- Flaky skin
- Problem worsens in winter months
- Peeling skin
Causes of dry feet
Dry feet are caused by a lack of moisture in the skin. There are many factors that can lead to dry feet, which are:
- Low humidity levels at home, office etc
- A skin condition that dries the skin
- Improper daily care of the feet
- Cold weather
- Soaps that are non-moisturizing
- Medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disease
Foot soaks which softens the skin, making it easier to scrub off dead skin cells. Apply a good cream or moisturizer on them every night. For best results, slather as much as you want and put socks on. Leaving them overnight will do wonders for your feet. You can adjust the essential oils for the effect you want: relaxation, energy, etc., and enjoy yourself while your feet get a royal treatment.
- Heels will move around in shoes and boots that are too big. This causes friction which forms dry calluses around the ridges and surface of the heels. Make sure your shoes and boots are properly sized so that heels don’t move but, at the same time, toes have wiggle room.
- Soak your feet in lemon juice for approximately ten minutes. Lemon juice is a mild acid that helps to dissolve dead and dry skin for easy removal. Use a soft foot brush to scrub your feet after you soak them. You may want to wait until any cuts or healed before trying this.
- Wash feet daily with warm, soapy water. Don’t use hot water because it dries out the skin. Hot water is also harmful to diabetics and anyone else with impaired circulation to the feet.
- Mix a spoonful of olive oil and a few drops of lemon or lavender oil to create a moisturizing cracked-heel cream. Shake the ingredients until they form a thick, milky solution and use when needed. Shake before each use.
- Exfoliate the feet, especially the heels, while washing. Use a wash cloth, pumice stone, and rub the skin gently to slough off dead skin.
- Apply vegetable oil to your feet after bathing, especially in the area of the cracks. After application, wear thick socks. Try doing this at night before bed and wearing your socks to bed. You should see results within a few days.
- Dry the feet thoroughly. Dry well between the toes since fungus and bacteria like to grow in warm, moist, dark places.
- Over-the-counter callus softeners often contain ingredients that irritate the skin.
- Moisturize daily with body lotion. If you feel you need something more emollient, ask the pharmacist to recommend an over-the-counter body lotion that contains urea. Urea is naturally present in skin cells, but in dry skin, urea levels are lower. Using a lotion that has urea increases the skin’s ability to hold in moisture. Avoid moisturizer between the toes. Put on cotton socks.
- 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. You should do this just before 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. Exfoliate in the morning.
- Foot soaks are relaxing and helpful if done properly. Limit foot soaks to 10 – 15 minutes, 3 times a week. Soaking for long periods dries out the skin. Use a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar and enough warm, never hot, water to cover the feet up to the ankles. Mild acetic acid in vinegar softens dry skin. Exfoliate. Dry thoroughly. Moisturize. Put on clean cotton socks.
- Prepare a solution from half cup of milk and half teaspoon turmeric powder. Massage your feet with it and leave it for a few minutes. Then wash it after 20 minutes in cold water. Cracked heels and dead skin on the feet will cure soon and your feet will look beautiful.
- For an overnight treatment, try the following: massage, olive oil mixed with a bit of white vinegar or lemon juice over the feet, concentrating on the heels. Honey is a natural moisturizer so if you want, put some in your mixture. Put on cotton socks. In the morning, wash it off. Exfoliate, dry thoroughly, and moisturize.
- You need to boil 5 bay leaves in 1 litre water for 5 minutes. Sieve it and soak your feet in this lukewarm water for half an hour. Repeat it once in two days. It is very good for your foot care at home.
- Soak few bread pieces in small amount of milk to make a thick paste. Add 2 teaspoon glycerin, 2 teaspoon almond oil, and juice of half lemon in it. Then massage your heels and lower feet from this paste and wash after few minutes. Apply it daily then your heels will become soft and beautiful.