Top 5 Home Remedies For Cracked Heels

HealthEnlight Your Daily Health GuideCracked heels is a sign of careless attitude towards footcare. Although skin cracks can arise anywhere, the most common area is the feet due to an absence of oil glands in the skin of the feet. Overexposure and lack of moisturization are the common causes of cracked heels. In some cases, it may be due to medical conditions like eczema, psoriasis, corns and calluses, diabetes and thyroid which may add to the problem, or deficiency of zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

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Cracked heels, also known as fissures, is not harmful unless it becomes deep or starts to bleed. This can lead to infection. Special care must be taken by people suffering from diabetes or other chronic ailments as they may find it hard to avoid such situations. Here are the causes and remedies for cracked heels.

Causes Of Cracked Heels

  1. Dry skin – Naturally dry or thick dry skin around the heel is more likely to crack if there is excessive feet activity.
  2. Excess weight – Excessive weight can put high pressure on the fat pad under the heel.
  3. Ageing – Ageing can also be one of the causes as the thick & dry skin around feet loosens with age and becomes vulnerable to cracks.
  4. Medical conditions – Medical conditions like eczema, psoriasis, corns and calluses, diabetes and thyroid also cause cracked heels.
  5. Overexposure to water – Excess water can make the skin rough and dry, robbing the natural oils. Dry skin can lead to cracks.
  6. Standing for a long time – Prolonged standing on hard floors also cause heel cracks.
  7. Hard Soaps – Applying non-moisturizing or hard soaps on feet and around the heel can cause cracks.

Top 5 Home Remedies For Cracked Heels:

1. Scrubbing:

Scrubbing is one of the best ways to heal cracked heels. Follow this remedy before going to bed, until your cracked heels are healed completely.

  • Fill a tub with warm water and mix it with liquid soap
  • Soak you feet in the soapy warm water for 20-25 minutes
  • Gently scrub the dead skin under your feet with the help of pumice stone
  • Rinse of thoroughly with water and pat dry with a clean towel
  • Apply olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or any other hydrogenated vegetable oil on your heels and soles
  • Apply some moisturiser or foot cream and wear a pair of clean socks overnight

2. Rice Flour:

Rice flour acts as a natural homemade exfoliating scrub.

  • Mix a handful of ground rice flour wit 2 teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar
  • Make a thick paste and keep aside
  • Fill a tub with warm water and soak your feet into it for 10 minutes
  • Scrub your feet and heels with the rice flour paste
  • Repeat this twice a week until you see positive results

3. Paraffin Wax:

Paraffin wax works as a natural emollient that softens the skin and helps to retain the natural oils.

  • Melt some paraffin wax and mix it well with equal amount of mustard oil to make a thick paste
  • Apply the paste on cracks and keep it overnight
  • Rinse off with water next morning
  • Repeat few times a week

4. Glycerin:

While glycerin has natural moisturising properties, rose water is rich in vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

  • Mix glycerin, and rose water in equal parts
  • Rub the mixture on your feet and heels daily before going to bed at night

5. Lemons:

  • Fill a tub with warm water and mix it with lemon juice
  • Soak you feet in the soapy warm water for 20-25 minutes
  • Gently scrub the dead skin under your feet with the help of pumice stone
  • Rinse of thoroughly with water and pat dry with a clean towel

 

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