Are you feeling pain with every step? There is nothing serious to worry about; it can be a sign of your carelessness towards your feet. Winter’s come with many skin problems and cracked heels are one of them.

Crack heels due to lack of attention
Crack heels occur due to lack of attention towards foot care, lack of moisturizer, an unhealthy diet, aging, prolonged standing or wearing wrong shoe types. Due to which your heel’s soft skin become dry, thick and peeling skin, accompanied by symptoms like redness, itching, pain and inflammation. Conditions and diseases like corns and calluses, eczema, psoriasis, thyroid and diabetes also contribute to the problem.

Proper precautions can prevent cracks
If the condition become worsen it lead to bleeding, more deep cracks, pain and discharge from cracks.  Taking proper precautions can prevent cracks from getting deeper and causing bleeding and pain. There is no need to visit a doctor, home ingredients helps you to get those soft heels back and you can again flaunt them with your new shoes.

 

Try these home remedies to heal your heels

Oiling: It is one of the best and simple methods to heal those cracked heels. It is the natural way to moisturize them and get rid of dryness, itching and also fight with fungal and bacterial infections. Vegetable oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil work best.

  • Soak your feet in soapy water and scrub gently with a loofah or pumice stone if the cracks are deep.
  • Wash your feet and then dry them thoroughly.
  • Now apply any of the oil mentioned above on your heels and soles.
  • Put on a pair of clean socks and leave them overnight.
  • Repeat it for few days to get the result.

Paraffin Wax: This treatment can provide quick relief to cracked painful heels. It works as natural emollient to soften your skin.

  • Take a block of paraffin wax and melt it in a double boiler or microwave.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of mustard oil or coconut oil and mix.
  • Allow it to cool until a thin layer forms on the top. Now dip your feet in the mixture, wait for 5 to 10 seconds and dip again.
  • Repeat this for a few more minutes until you have several layers of wax built up.
  • Cover your feet with plastic wrap and leave for 30 minutes and them peel off the wax from your heels.
  • Repeat it one or two times a week.
  • You can also apply this paste on the heels and cover it with socks, keep it overnight.
  • Beeswax with honey paste also works well on crack heels.

Rose water and Glycerin: This remedy is one of the common used home remedy to get rid of cracks on your heels. Glycerin softens the skin, which is why it is widely used in cosmetics. Rose water adds vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

  • Make a mixture of equal part of both glycerin and rosewater. You can also take lemon juice.
  • Apply on your feet and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off with water.
  • Follow this remedy daily for 2 weeks.

Lemon and Vaseline: Lemon juice is a great exfoliator which helps to slough off the dead skin. Petroleum jelly makes skin smooth and repairs the cracks. Here are the three ways to use them.

 

  • Take some lemon juice and Vaseline. Mix them well to make a paste. Apply this paste on the cracked heels and leave for 15-20 minutes to soften the skin. Wash with lukewarm water.
  • Dip your feet for 20 minutes in lukewarm water and squeeze one full lemon. Then apply petroleum jelly and wear clean soaks.
  • Cut a lemon in half and use each half to massage the heels, squeezing the lemon halves as you massage or rub. Do it for 5 minutes for each heel. Rinse your feet with water and then apply Vaseline.

Neem and Tulsi: Neem and tulsi has been used since ages in India for healing something or the other. The remedy of tulsi and neem work well on cracked heel as they contain anti fungal and anti bacterial elements and also makes skin smooth and soft. This is particularly good for bleeding heels.

  • Take a handful of neem and tulsi and crush them adding a little water.
  • Add turmeric powder to the paste and apply it on the cracks.
  • Leave for half an hour and wash it off with water. Pat it with dry cloth.
  • Use this remedy once daily to get best result.

Honey and Milk: Cleaning and moisturizing is recommended for your heels to exfoliate them. This combination help to get that soft and smooth heels back. You can use the same on regular days to take care of your feet.

  • Take 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of honey. Mix well and pour it into a foot soaking basin or tub. You can add more milk or honey according to your need.
  • Soak your feet about 10-15 minutes and after that start massaging your heels. Do it for next 10 minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer or foot cream.

Rice Flour: Any of the remedy works when there is no dirt and dead skin around the heels. And to remove it scrubbing is compulsory. With the help of rice flour make a natural exfoliating scrub to heal cracked heels.

  • Take 3 tablespoons of rice flour; add 2 teaspoons of honey and 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You can also add few drops of any oil in it. Keep it aside
  • Now soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes and rub gently with a cloth or towel to remove dead skin.
  • Now apply the paste onto your crack feet and massage for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do it daily till your feet becomes crack free and soft.

Oat meal and Jojoba Oil: Oatmeal is good for health; likewise it is also good for skin related problems. It works as a natural scrub and moisturizer.

  • Take a 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and add jojoba oil to make a thick paste.
  • Apply the paste on the cracks and massage gently.
  • Leave for 30 minutes and wash off. Repeat this everyday until cracks get to heal.

Home Made Ointment: The best option that works well on stubborn crack heels.

  • Take 3 tablespoons of beeswax, ¼ cup Shea butter and ¼ cup of jojoba oil. Melt them in a bowl, by placing the bowl in a pan with a little water in it.
  • When the mixture gets to melt, keep the bowl aside to cool down a little.
  • When mixture becomes a little solid blends it slowly and pour magnesium oil or flakes slowly, few drops at a time. (If you are using magnesium flax, boil it in little water before using).
  • Place the prepared gel in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes and then blend it again so it becomes buttery or creamy.
  • Store the cream in a container and use it regularly at night on the crack heels and wear socks.

Nova Magazine tips: Crack heels give a bad impression about you to others. Take a proper care of it, hydrate your body because water nurtures the skin and help in reducing the occurrence of skin related problems. Eat healthy, fruits and green vegetables are good for overall body health, fruits like papaya, banana and avocados are best for crack heels. To avoid the occurrence of cracks, keep your feet dirt free and go for a home scrubbing or pedicure once in a week.