Top Remedies For Cracked Heels!

Top Remedies For Cracked Heels

Feeling embarrassed to remove your shoes in public places because of cracked heel? Most of us do spend a lot of time taking care of our face, but the least importance is given to our feet, often completely ignored.

Some of the common factors that cause cracked heels are obesity, improperly fitting shoes, standing for a long duration, dry skin and lack of proper care and hygiene.

Banana

What to do:

  1. Mash 2 ripe bananas into a smooth paste. Make sure that the bananas are ripe. Unripe bananas contain acid that is harsh for the skin.
  2. Gently rub the paste all over your feet, including the nail beds and sides of the toe. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, rinse your feet with clean water.

How often: Repeat this every night before going to bed for 2 weeks or until you are satisfied with the results.

Work Mechanism: Banana is a natural skin moisturizer. It contains vitamins A, B6, and C, which all help to maintain the elasticity of the skin and keep it hydrated.

Honey

What to do:

  1. Add one cup of honey to a tub of warm water.
  2. Soak your clean feet in the mixture, and gently massage for 20 minutes.
  3. Gently exfoliate your skin using a pumice stone.
  4. Pat your feet dry, and apply a thick moisturizer.

How often: This can be done regularly before going to bed.

Work Mechanism: Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws water from the inner tissues to the outer layers of the skin. This fluid shift creates a plumping effect that helps the outer skin heal.

Vicks VapoRub

What to do:

  1. Before heading to bed, apply a generous layer of Vicks VapoRub to your feet.
  2. Massage for 5 minutes, and then put on comfortable socks (preferably cotton).
  3. Wash your feet with lukewarm water the following morning.

How often: Daily before going to bed.

Work Mechanism: Vicks VapoRub contains camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol in a turpentine oil base. This type of ointment is emollient, thereby trapping moisture. The menthol and eucalyptus provide a cooling effect.

Aloe vera gel

What to do:

  1. Soak your feet in warm water, and scrub using a pumice stone to remove dead skin.
  2. Pat dry, and apply a thick layer of aloe vera gel to your feet.
  3. Wear cotton socks, and head to bed.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water in the morning.

How often: Repeat this every night for 4–5 days to see the results.

Work Mechanism: Aloe vera contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, and E. These have antioxidant properties while the cholesterol, campesterol, β-sitosterol, and lupeol contained in aloe vera have anti-inflammatory properties. Lupeol also acts as an antiseptic and analgesic. The auxins and gibberellins present in aloe vera help in wound healing.

Vaseline and lemon juice

What to do:

  1. Soak your feet in warm water for about 20 minutes. Rinse, and pat dry.
  2. Add 3–4 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice to one tsp of Vaseline. Mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your heels and other cracked parts of your feet.
  4. Wear a pair of woolen socks, and let it sit overnight.
  5. Wash using warm water in the morning.

How often: Regularly before going to bed.

Work Mechanism: Vaseline acts as a moisturizer, and the citric acid in lemon juice promotes skin peeling and regrowth of new skin cells.

Listerine and vinegar

What to do:

  1. Prepare a mixture of one cup of Listerine, one cup of white vinegar, and 2 cups of water.
  2. Soak your feet in the mixture for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove your feet, and scrub them using a pumice stone to remove dead skin.
  4. Rinse with clean water.
  5. Pat dry, and moisturize.

How often: Repeat every day until your heels heal.

Work Mechanism: Listerine contains thymol and alcohol, which help to fight toenail fungus, cure cracked feet, soothe skin, and treat plantar warts. The mild acids present in vinegar soften dry and dead skin, making it easy to exfoliate.

Rice flour, honey, and vinegar

What to do:

  1. Make a scrub by mixing 3 tsp of rice flour, one tsp of honey, and 2–3 drops of apple cider vinegar. Stir well to form a thick paste.
  2. Soak your feet in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes, and then gently scrub using the paste to remove dead skin.

How often: Repeat the process 2–3 times a week.

Work Mechanism: Rice flour exfoliates, purifies, and remineralizes the skin. Honey is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cracked feet. Vinegar is a mild acid that softens dry and dead skin, making it easy to exfoliate.