Cracked heels also known as heel fissures are a common problem to people of all ages which occur when the skin loses moisture, dries out and cracks. It is both a cosmetic problem as well as a nuisance, and when the cracks are deep they become painful to stand on and the skin can bleed, as well as become infected.
Cracked heels are caused by prolonged standing especially on hard floors, being overweight as this exerts more pressure on the heel causing the fat pad to expand sideways, medical conditions such as thyroid which can lead to a dry skin, and skin conditions such as eczema. Other causes include cold winter weather, dehydration, staying for too long without moisturizing your feet, hot baths or showers, harsh soaps and diabetes.
Remedies for cracked heels
Cracked heels are both embarrassing and painful. You have to look for ways to hide the ugly cracks in your heels which makes walking rather uncomfortable.
Relief measures which include home remedy treatment options can be used to treat fungus infection which is one of the main causes of cracked heels. The good thing about home remedies is they are cost effective and result oriented solutions. However, it is important to note that in case the home remedies fail it is advisable to check with a physician for detailed information regarding causes, treatment and prevention.
To cure cracked heels try out the following remedies
Apply a thick layer of shortening or hydrogenated vegetable oil on dry and cracked area, after washing the feet clean. Wear a pair of thick socks and leave overnight, repeat for days, results should be visible in a few days.
Lemon juices naturally mild and helps soften dead and dry skin so that it can easily peel off. Soak feet in concentrated lemon juice solution for about ten minutes, then lightly scrub it off with a soft foot brush to gently peel off the top dead skin that cause dry cracked heels.
Moisturize heels daily by soaking the feet in warm soapy water for about fifteen minutes. Later rub them with a mixture of one teaspoon Vaseline and lemon juice until the heels fully absorb the mixture. Apply this mixture slightly before getting to bed, pull on a pair of thick woolen socks. Repeat on daily basis until visible results are achieved.
Glycerin and rosewater. Applying a mixture of glycerin and rosewater regularly also soothes and cure cracked heels.
Melted paraffin wax. Another way of healing cracked heels is by applying on the cracked heel melted paraffin wax mixed with little mustard oil. It should be rinsed off in the morning. Applying continuously, for 10 to 15 days yields desirable results.
Exfoliate you feet regularly. Avoid harsh exfoliating scrubs, instead prepare your own natural scrub with honey, rice floor and apple cider vinegar. Grind a handful of rice until a coarse flour is achieved, add 3 to 4 spoons of raw honey to the mixture together with enough vinegar to get a thick paste. Soak your feet for 20minutes and apply the mixture.
Epsom salt. In a mixture of Epsom salt soak feet for about ten minutes. Gently rub cracked heels with pumice stone, put your feet back into the solution for ten more minutes. Finally, dry your feet and moisturize with petroleum jelly. Repeat procedure for three days. Epsom Salt aids in the process of healing cracked heels as it promotes circulation, as well as maintaining skin health and detoxifying toxins
Fruit mask. Fruits are rich in enzymes and this is the reason they can be used to get rid of cracked heals. Prepare a mixture of banana (banana can be replaced by papaya) and avocado and mash them, rub in a mixture of pineapple, add coconut flesh and mix well to a thick paste. Cover your heels with this mixture and leave for fifteen minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat daily until your cracked heels are healed.
Incorporate a diet rich in Calcium, Iron, Zinc and Omega 3
Crackled heels are caused by lack of vitamins, minerals, zinc and omega 3 acids. It is therefore essential to consume a diet rich in these supplements. Milk, cheese, yoghurt, goat milk, soya milk, ice cream, cereals and broccoli contain excellent amount of calcium.
Brown sugar Scrub. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid that fights off bacterial infection and gives skin a younger, smooth look. The small, gentle granules of brown sugar can do wonders on your cracked heels. Gently scrub away the dead skin cells to get a smooth crack-free look.
Prevention is always better than cure, try moisturizing your feet as much as possible, avoid staying for long in steam baths if possible, your footwear should allow the feet to breathe to avoid excessive sweating. This way you can avoid getting cracked heels.