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Our feet are probably the most underestimated part of our bodies. They carry us around and help us move, handling huge amounts of force every single day. This also puts feet at a higher risk of developing problems, one of the most common being cracked heels. Our feet don’t have oil glands, unlike the rest … Continue reading Natural ways to cure cracked heels

Our feet are probably the most underestimated part of our bodies. They carry us around and help us move, handling huge amounts of force every single day. This also puts feet at a higher risk of developing problems, one of the most common being cracked heels. Our feet don’t have oil glands, unlike the rest of the body, leading to perpetual dryness. This dryness often manifests itself in tiny fissures or cracks on the skin, particularly around the heels since they handle the most friction.

Cracked heels are not just a source of embarrassment; they’re a medical problem too. Cracked heels can be painful, and if ignored, they can develop into deep fissures which can lead to infections. Severe cases can limit movement and require more serious medical intervention. Aging, very hot showers, cold and a dry environment, harsh soaps, insufficient hydration and excess weight are some of the causes for cracked heels.

If your cracked heels are not severely limiting, you can treat them by yourself using natural remedies. As with everything else, it’s best to avoid over the counter drugs as far as possible, opting for natural options. Here are 4 natural ways to cure cracked heels.

4 Natural Ways to Cure Cracked Heels

Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

What you need 

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Getting the scrub ready

Mix the brown sugar and coconut oil together. Add enough lemon juice to make a thick scrub. After soaking the feet in hot water for about 20 minutes, massage this scrub onto the cracked heels for 5 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Rice Flour Vinegar Scrub 

What you need 

  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp vinegar

Getting the scrub ready

Mix the rice flour with the lemon juice and vinegar. Add more vinegar if the scrub is too thick. Soak your feet for 20 minutes. Massage the scrub onto cracked heels for 5 minutes and rinse. Dry feet and apply a heel cream or pure coconut oil.

Neem Turmeric Foot Mask

What you need 

  • 1 cup neem leaves
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Making the foot mask

Make a paste of the neem leaves and turmeric. Apply the mask all over feet and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off the mask and dry feet well. Follow up with a foot cream.

Banana Oatmeal Foot Mask

What you need 

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil

Making the foot mask

Grind the oats in a blender to a coarse powder. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork. Mix the oats and bananas to make a thick paste. Add olive oil if required. Apply the mask on your feet and let it stay for at least 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. You will not need to follow up with a moisturizer because you have already used olive oil in the mask.

There are a lot of natural ingredients available in your home that you can use to lessen the intensity of the cracked heels.

Lime juice – Lime juice contains Vitamin C, which stimulates production of collagen. Collagen decreases as we age, leading to skin losing its suppleness and becoming dry. Lime juice for feet helps to make the skin on the heels supple and moist.

Vinegar – Vinegar and water make for a good foot soak, as the acidic properties of vinegar help to soften tough, dry feet. It’s antifungal properties are good for fungal infections and it also helps to battle foot odor.

Neem – Neem lives are known for their anti fungal properties, helping to fight any infection within cracked skin on heels.

Turmeric – Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and can also be used as a disinfectant, having antibacterial properties as well. Their healing properties come in handy for cracked and broken skin, and their anti inflammatory properties also speed up healing.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is among the best natural moisturizers around and is also a great anti bacterial and anti viral agent. Coconut oil is perfect for cracked skin as it is known to even treat conditions like eczema.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal’s grainy texture makes it the ideal ingredient for scrubs. It helps to remove dead skin cells and also acts as a healing agent and opens pores. It is also a humectant and can help trap moisture in skin.

Banana – Bananas have a tightening effect and are great on ageing skin which is losing collagen with time. It is also a natural moisturizer and this helps to keep the skin on the feet supple and nourished.

Rice flour – Rice flour contains allantonin which is an anti inflammatory agent. It works well to repair broken skin without letting it get infected.

Brown Sugar – Brown sugar is nature’s own exfoliator. It works better than white sugar since it’s coarse enough to scrub away dead skin cells, but is gentler than salt since its particles are smaller.

For natural care of cracked heels, it’s better to first ensure that a few essentials are in place

  • Pumice stone – For best results, use in the shower or after a foot soak
  • Shallow tub – Plastic works well. Make sure that it’s big enough to hold water sufficient to cover your feet
  • Soft Towel – For drying feet after soaking or rinsing off. Always dry feet well before applying a cream or salve.
  • Socks – Feet absorb cream best when covered with socks overnight. If it’s too hot for socks, cut off old socks at the ankle and the top, so that the heels are still covered.
  • Containers with lids – Most of the natural remedies mentioned above will last for a month, so have some labeled containers with lids to store them.

At the end of the day, the best way to cure cracked heels is to prevent them from getting cracked in the first place!! You can ensure soft feet by following a simple foot care routine of scrubbing with a pumice stone in the shower and applying some moisturizer before bed. After all, happy feet make for a happy you!

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