Every person deals with cracked heels at least once in their lifetime. This common problem is not only a cosmetic issue, but it can also be a very painful condition. If you let the cracks get deeper, they will lead to bleeding, so it’s very important to treat them as soon as they appear. Cracked heels can be caused by improper foot care, dry air, unhealthy diet and lack of moisture. Fortunately for you, there are numerous home remedies for cracked heels that are going to offer you relief from this unpleasant condition.
Lemons have acidic properties that will reduce the rough skin causing the cracking. Use the juice from one lemon and apply it on the affected area. At the same time, you can mix lemon juice with warm water and soak your feet for up to 15 minutes. Simultaneously, use soap and a pumice stone to wash your feet.
If this condition is very serious and painful, you can make use of a treatment with paraffin wax. Mix the wax with coconut oil or mustard oil and heat the solution until you see the wax melting. Then, you must cool it for a few minutes so that you can apply it on your heels. You can apply it every evening, before bedtime and rinse it off when you wake up.
Honey comes with antibacterial and moisturizing properties and it’s one of the best treatments for cracked and dry heels. Mix warm water (one bucket) with honey (one cup) and soak your feet in this mixture for almost 20 minutes. After that, you can scrub your feet gently and you will see the dead skin disappear.
Keeping your heels moisturized is very important. For this, you can use salt water. Soak them in this solution for up to 15 minutes. Make sure that the water you use is warm. After that, you must soak your feet in cold water. This will relieve the pain by improving the blood circulation to the feet. Use a towel to dry your feet and apply a foot cream to moisturize the heels. You can add extra cream and put on some socks to lock in the moisture.
If you want a cheap and effective remedy for dry and cracked heels, we recommend you to use ripe bananas. Mash a banana until you get a smooth paste. Wash your feet beforehand and then apply the paste on the affected areas. Leave it on for almost 15 minutes and then wash your feet again using warm water. Once you’ve finished with this treatment, soak your feet in cold water for a few minutes. You can repeat this remedy every day until you regain your smooth and soft heels.
There are various other home remedies that can help you with this condition by moisturizing your feet. All of them are affordable and natural. So, you can try using vegetable oil, glycerin and rosewater, Indian lilac and rice flour, the last one making a great scrub for your feet.