Cracked heels, also referred to as heel fissures, are a common foot condition, which can cause discomfort and even pain in some cases. They result from dry skin and are accompanied by thickened skin, plus sometimes yellow or brown calluses around the heel edge.
Often, the only problem with cracked heels is their appearance. However, in some cases, the condition can be severe if the cracks become infected. So here are few steps that can be taken at home to treat and prevent heel cracks:
- Scrub with a Pumice Stone
Soak your feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes and then scrub your feet gently with the pumice stone to remove the dead skin that has softened up. Rinse and moisturize your feet after patting it dry. Beware to not scrub too harshly as it can easily damage the healthy layers of the skin.
Mix one cup of honey to half a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, scrub off gently to obtain soft feet. Honey is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cracked feet.
- Vaseline and Lemon Juice
With one teaspoon of Vaseline in a few drops of lemon juice, rub the mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the feet. After this, wear a woolen pair of socks and leave it for the night and rinse it off in the morning. Doing this regularly will heal your feet as lemon’s acidic properties and vaseline’s moisturizing properties help you get rid of dry and achy feet.
- Aloe Vera
Soak your feet in lukewarm water for a few minutes and apply Aloe Vera gel after patting it dry. Leave the gel on your feet overnight by wearing socks. Doing this for a week will ensure a better condition for your feet as Aloe Vera soothes dry and dead skin.
- Vegetable Oil
The fats in the vegetable oil nourish the skin and heal cracked feet. Apply a layer of vegetable oil to your cracked heel after washing and drying your feet completely leave it overnight and wash them the next morning.