Read to find out ways you can treat your painful cracked heels, right under your own roof.
Are you someone who suffers from cracked heels and are not sure how to repair them? For most of us, our feet hygiene and care takes a back seat while our face is everything we look after. Feet are as important as our face so to overlook them or ignore them completely isn’t a great thing to do. Our feet often go through this common skin problem that we refer to as cracked heels. Most of the people don’t take it as a serious problem while for some these cracked heels can be a source of a lot of pain and discomfort. You might be someone who doesn’t take cracked heels seriously because of no pain but if you really don’t want the situation to get worse, it’s always advisable to treat your heels properly.
Before we dive deep into the sea of home remedies to treat cracked heels, let’s look into all the factors that might be causing them.
Causes of Cracked Heels
Dry Skin: If you are someone who has dry skin under your feet then the chances of your heels getting cracked are greater than compared to people with smooth skin. The dry skin patches under your feet can cause the skin to crack when you move or walk.
Medical reasons: Dry skin is also caused by poor circulation of blood, especially in people who are diabetic. People with high blood sugar tend to have cracked heels.
Lack of care: Most of us take our feet for granted. We often wear shoes that don’t fit us or we often forget to moisturize our feet. Since our feet are our least priority, we usually look for cheap soaps to clean them up. All these careless mistakes often lead to cracked heels.
Aging: With time our skin goes through various changes and if not taken care of, the chances of it getting damaged as we old become quite apparent. Aging can lead to dry skin patches around the body, including your feet. This, again, is not great for the health of your heels.
Other factors: Some other factors that you might want to look into while finding the reasons behind your cracked heels are cold temperature, vitamin deficiency, obesity, or any fungal infection.
Once you have figured out what has caused the cracks in your heels, look out for remedies to cure them for good. We have listed below some very effective, affordable, and easy remedies from the things you can find in your kitchen. Let’s dig into each remedy and work towards healing our heels.
- Moisturize your feet with a good heel balm
Treat your heels with love. They need all the moisturizer in the world, just like your face. A heel balm will help exfoliate your skin and will make it soft with time. Apply the balm on your feels two to three times a day to keep them elastic and soft while you carry on with your work. Also, practice this remedy every night before going to bed so that your heels can get some rest and night to absorb all the goodness from the moisturizer.
- Apply honey and yogurt
A tablespoon of honey in a tablespoon of yogurt can create a natural heel healer. Both these elements are highly effective to treat any kind of dryness. Honey is known to have antibacterial properties which are great to cure any infections and wounds. Apply this mixture to your heels before bedtime, you can scrub this mixture around your heels and let it stay there for a night. Wash it off with warm water when you wake up.
- A banana paste can save your day
Take two ripe bananas in a bowl and mash them enough to form a paste. The bananas should be ripe to avoid chemicals from an unripe banana damaging your skin. Massage the paste on your heels. Keep the paste on for 30 minutes. Wash off your heels with cold water. Repeat this remedy for two weeks straight.
- Use baking soda to heal the cracks
In a bowl with 3 tbsp of baking soda, add some lukewarm water. Stir the mixture in order to dissolve the soda properly. Put your feet in this bowl and soak them for 20 minutes. Once done, rub your feet using a pumice stone. Wash your feet with cold water and then dry them off with a towel. For an effective and quick result, repeat this process three times every week. Baking soda is known to remove all kinds of dead cells and bacteria lying on our skin.
- Coconut oil is a blessing for your heels
Coconut oil is a great oil for treating dry skin and fungal infections. It is a great moisturizer as it helps to smooth down the skin and also helps the skin to retain all the moisture. It is blessed with antibacterial properties that help treat cracked heels faster than any other oil. Massage some oil on your feet every night to treat the painful cracks. Repeat this remedy every night to maintain consistency.
- Other remedies that you can try
Just like coconut oil, you can also use vegetable oil to treat the cracks. Shea butter also works great as a moisturizer. You can apply some on your heels and toes before bedtime.
Soaking your feet in a big tub of water with some vinegar also does wonder to your feet. Vinegar helps to treat the cracks by healing them through its antibacterial l and anti-inflammatory properties.
Prevent from getting the cracks again!
Once you have treated your heels well, make sure to not let them crack again. Follow some basic rules to prevent your heels from cracking.
- Wear shoes that properly fit your feet.
- Avoid flip flops.
- Don’t sit with your crossed legs for a long period of time.
- Keep a check on your feet if you are diabetic.
- Clean your feet on a regular basis. A pedicure twice a month is enough to keep them healthy.
Take care of your feet because they are also as important as your face, hands, or legs. Love them like you love the rest of your body.
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