It’s true that most of our skincare routine revolves around our face. We forget about other important parts like our feet. Do you have cracks in your heels? Feel ashamed of taking off your shoes in public? The lack of care and hygiene causes the heel skin to become compromised. Over time, the cracks develop and causes unwanted pain. Cracked heels are one of the most common foot problems. For some, having cracks in the heels is not serious. However, the discomfort is there. In some serious cases, the cracks become deeper and result in severe pain. Whatever the condition is, the cracks will always be an eyesore. Would you like to get rid of your cracked heels? I bet you do!
Causes of Dry Cracked Heels
Dry skin is one of the prime reasons for cracked heels. However, other factors like prolonging standing (hard floors) shoes with open backs, using harsh soaps, medical conditions (fungal infection, calluses, obesity, and vitamin deficiency), etc. contribute to the condition. Most of the time, the cracks are minor but if not treated early, it can develop into deeper and painful cracks causing bleeding, pain, and discomfort. Cracked skin is also the golden opportunity for bacteria to seep inside. If you notice cracks in your heels, you should start treating ASAP before it turns worse.
Home Remedies to Remove Cracked Heels
For taking care of your cracked heels, you don’t need any fancy, thousand dollar solutions. The fact is, it can even be treated with common kitchen products! Here are some of the most commonly available solutions for your cracked heels. These remedies can be prepared in minutes at very little cost while enjoying astonishing results.
Banana: Banana is a very good moisturizer for our skin. It nourishes the skin and keeps it hydrated. It can also do wonders for our health.
How to Use – Take 2 ripe bananas and mash them into a smooth paste. Apply the paste all over your feet. Wait for 20 minutes and rinse with clean water. This method should be applied before going to bed for a couple of weeks.
Honey: Another popular solution for keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Honey is a natural product and comes with antimicrobial properties. Its healing power can help speed up wound healing, ease ulcer pain, and relieve constipation and diarrhea.
How to Use – For your feet, add a cup of honey to tub water. Then, soak your feet in the mixture and massage gently. Continue this process for 20 minutes. This can be done any time but it is recommended to do this before going to bed.
Baking Soda: Baking soda is a nice exfoliate. It can effectively get rid of dead cells. Thanks to its mildly alkaline nature, it can fight nicely against bacteria. You can also use baking soda for neutralizing foul odor.
How to Use – Take a bowl of lukewarm water and mix in 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix well until the soda dissolves completely. Now, it’s time to soak your feet in the solution. Wait for 15 minutes, then, rinse with clean water. Continue the process for 2-3 times a week.
Vaseline and Lemon Juice: Vaseline is one of the most commonly used moisturizers. As for lemons, the citric acid is mildly acidic that promotes skin peeling and new cell growth. Together, they offer a nice combo for the skin.
How to Use – Soak your feet in warm water for 10-20 minutes. Pat the feet dry. Add 3-4 drops of fresh lemon juice with one tablespoon of Vaseline. Mix well and apply the paste to your heels. Don’t forget to put on a pair of woolen socks. Apply this method before going to bed. In the morning, wash your feet using warm water. Use this procedure until you see the result you are looking for.
Vegetable Oil: Oils are the finest ways of moisturizing the skin. Most of the vegetable oils include useful vitamins like vitamin A, D, and E. All of them are beneficial to the skin.
How to Use – Before applying, clean your feet thoroughly. Once the feet are dry, apply a layer of vegetable oil. Massage gently, especially around your heels and toes. Once the application is complete, put on a pair of clean, comfortable socks and leave on your feet overnight.
Instead of going for medicines, it’s always recommended to try out the natural remedies first. As we can see, our kitchen harbors many of these remedies all the time. You can use a couple of them together throughout the day for better result. Please note that these should work fine for mild to medium heel cracks. If your cracks become deeper, causes pain and/or bleeding, or becomes infected and inflamed, you must consult a doctor. In such conditions, don’t use these remedies without a doctor’s permission. Otherwise, the cracks might become worse.
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