A person may have cracked heels for many reasons. The most commonly identified reasons are obesity, diabetes, eczema, hypothyroidism, Sjögren’s syndrome, juvenile plantar dermatosis, infections such as athlete’s foot, biomechanical factors such as flat feet, heel spurs, or standing for long periods.
Since this is a very common problem, it can be cured very easily.
While some people may only have dry heels, some people’s heels could crack, causing pain, discomfort in walking and even bleeding. This can be because of the extremely cold climate or working in harsh conditions.
As we grow older, the cushion pads in our heels can get thinner. This can stress and tear the skin if we work, walk or stress our heels too much.
Cracked heels can be cured in the comfort of your home using some of the easiest herbal home remedies.
1. Banana Mask/Massage
Banana is a great moisturizer for skin and hence, you see many facial mask sheets have banana content in them.
The fruit contains vitamin A, B6 and C that are exceptionally good to maintain the elasticity and hydration in your skin.
Unripe bananas contain a form of acid that can harm the pH of the skin, whereas, ripe bananas contain too many nutrients that are good for your heel skin.
You can mash a banana or two and mix it with honey, essential oils or use just bananas. Now apply the mashed bananas on the affected area and massage it in circular motions for about 5 minutes. Let the mask rest on your heels for 15 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.
Apply some coconut oil or moisturizer before you sleep and repeat this remedy every night until your cracked heels become soft heels.
2. Honey Soak
Foot soaks are usually very effective when they have the correct ingredients in them. When the ingredients are diluted with water, it becomes easier for your skin to absorb them because of the high moisture capacity.
You should use about 10 tbsps of honey and add these to a bucket of warm water. Mix the solution until you see no traces of honey molecules. Now soak your feet in the honey water for 15-20 minutes.
Remember to moisturize your feet after every remedy.
3. Tea Tree Oil Massage
In case of a bacterial infection or a severe skin crack, tea tree oil can do wonders. Though the essential oil is said to be miraculous, it can have side-effects if applied directly.
Remember, you must mix or dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil with best results. For tea tree oil, mixing it with coconut oil is the best solution. Take a few drops of tea tree oil (5-6 drops) and mix it in fresh coconut oil (1 tbsp).
Now massage this mixture onto the cracked heels and let it seep in. Once done with massaging, cover your feet with socks and go to sleep. See the miracle in the morning!
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel is said to have many skin-enhancing properties such as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and antiallergen. It is hence used in many skincare products.
You can use aloe vera gel in many ways to heel your cracked heel’s skin. Simply massage a good amount of aloe vera gel and let it seep in for a few minutes, then wash your feet with warm water and apply an aloe vera moisturizer.
Or, you may soak your feet in warm water or a warm water solution then, apply some aloe vera gel and massage your feet. Wear socks and leave the gel overnight for best results.
5. Epsom Salt Exfoliation
Epsom Salt has numerous skincare properties: antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial. It is especially used to treat dry and cracked heels caused by Athlete’s foot.
You may add Epsom Salt to a bucket of warm water to create a foot soak or simply use the thick solution to scrub and exfoliate the dead skin on your cracked heel.
Since Epsom Salt can be harsh on sensitive skin, it is not advised to do this remedy every day.
If the problem is cracked or dry heels, vaseline can top the list. Many studies have proven the benefits of vaseline or petroleum gelly for cracked or dry skin. It has great moisturizing and skin-healing properties.
You may apply a generous amount of vaseline on your heals and massage it until it is completely absorbed. Then, apply another layer of vaseline and wear your socks. Leave it overnight for miraculous results. You can do this every night.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is used to treat dry and patchy skin. If you have recently noticed your heels becoming dry and patchy, you can apply coconut oil 3-4 times a day.
This helps retain moisture and heal the skin effectively on its own. If your heels have been bleeding due to an infection or an injury, coconut oil can help with that too with its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
8. Vicks Vaporub
Since Vicks Vaporub contains camphor, eucalyptus and menthol, it can easily moisturize, heal and repair your feet. The ingredients may also provide a cooling effect and subside itching.
You may cover your feet with socks and rinse off the residue the following day with lukewarm water. Repeating this every night can result in healed heels.
9. Pumice Stone Scrub
A pumice stone is made with water and lava mix together. It can remove dead skin and work well even when one’s heels are infected.
After a foot soak (preferably soaking feet in baking soda), you may gently rub the pumice stone in a circular motion. Be very careful as it may damage your skin and cause irritation if rubbed harshly. Rub it on dry areas and moisturize with a hydrating aloe vera gel afterwards.
10. Listerine and Vinegar Foot Soak
If you have Listerine at home, it can be a great way to treat harsh skin on your heels. Also, adding vinegar to the remedy may fasten the healing process.
In a bucket of warm water, add a cup of Listerine and a cup of white vinegar. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes and rinse them off. Apply some vegetable oil for moisturization and wear socks. See the effects in the morning.
These remedies have been tested and proven to heal cracked and dry heels. Although they’re very successful, you must consult a doctor if the bleeding doesn’t stop or your feet’s skin is irritated.
Making some healthy changes in diet can also speed up the recovery of your heel’s skin.
You may include pure ghee, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar and many fruits and vegetables. Include antioxidants in your diet so your immunity is boosted and your skin heals itself. Collagen boosting foods should be included in your diet too.
We hope your cracked heels heal faster!