Dry weather and feet neglect may cause heels to crack. Cracked heels, medically known as heel fissures, are unsightly and can sometimes be very painful. Cracked heels are more prevalent in women, because of the shoes they wear. Neglecting your feet can result in cracks.
Here we will go over some simple home remedies that can improve heels that are cracked, and will also prevent cracks from occurring in the first place.
Homemade Foot Scrub
The most basic remedy in foot care is to wash and scrub the feet in warm soapy water on a daily basis. This is especially important when you have been outdoors wearing back open shoes. This helps to remove dirt, and will relieve the feet of all the pressure they have been under throughout the day.
You can make a homemade foot scrub by mixing gram flour, rice flour, and fuller’s earth in equal proportions. Squeeze out lemon juice, and mix it with milk. Then mix these two liquid ingredients with the solid ingredients to make a paste. Scrub the paste onto the cracked heels in circular motions. A soft brush may be used to aid in scrubbing. Scrubbing helps to exfoliate your skin and it leaves your feet feeling smoother, relaxed, and looking great. Exfoliation also aids in blood circulation.
Homemade Foot Moisturizer
After a hard day, thoroughly wash your feet in warm, soapy water. Then apply a generous amount of shortening or hydrogenated vegetable oil. These natural oils in thee cooking oils will moisturize, soften, heal, and sooth the feet. Wear a thick pair of socks to lock in the moisture throughout the night, and to ensure that your bedding does not get messy. Repeat this for several nights until the cracks totally disappear. This can also be done by someone who does not necessarily have cracked heels. It can be done occasionally as a preventive measure.
Fruit Based Paste
Blend together a ripe banana, avocado, and coconut flesh. Then apply the paste onto your heels. The essential oils found in these fruits will keep your feet moisturized. This natural fruit paste can be used on already cracked heels, and also to prevent cracks from appearing on clean heels. For best results, this should be left to stay on the feet overnight. Again, use a sock or bandage to contain the paste.
Lemon Juice Exfoliation
Every week, you can soak your feet in a lemon juice solution. The lemon juice is a mild acid that will dissolve dirt and dead skin from your heel. It will work similarly to glycolic acid products. After about ten minutes of soaking, scrub the heels with a soft brush. Dry your feet and moisturize them. This remedy is very effective in removing dead skin. New, softer skin will be revealed.
Baking Soda & Olive Oil
Using a combination of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and olive oil is a great way to keep your heels free of cracks. Bicarbonate of soda helps to create ideal PH for the feet, and it will also help to exfoliate skin. Pour half a cup of baking soda into water, and then soak your feet for about fifteen minutes. Pat them dry and apply olive oil to moisturize. This will give you very soft heels after a few treatments.
These home remedies combined with a daily regime of cleaning and moisturizing your feet will ensure that you have clean, soft and beautiful feet. Also drink lots of water to ensure that the whole body is hydrated throughout the day. If cracked heels are infected, or they start bleeding and you are finding it difficult to walk, see a doctor immediately.