Cracked Heels – How to Take Care of Them

A picture of a woman’s foot with cracked heels

Cracked heels are one of the most common foot problems. Around 20% of adults in the U.S. experience cracked heels. Cracked heels are more common in women than in men. They occur both in children and adults. While cracked heels aren’t a grave health issue for most of the people, they can sometimes cause discomfort. Severe cases of cracked heels can cause pain and itching.

Do you face the issue of cracked heels too?

If yes, then this blog post is for you. Get to know the best home remedies you can use to get rid of your cracked heels.

  1. Thick Moisturizers and Heel Balms

The first and the most commonly used treatments for cracked heels are thick moisturizers and heel balm. These moisturizing balms or specialized balms for heels exfoliate your dead skin leaving it moisturized and softened. Here are some ingredients you should look for when choosing a moisturizer or heel balm for your cracked heels.

  • Salicyclic acid
  • Urea
  • Saccharide isomerate
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids  

You can easily find these in any medical store.

  1. Exfoliate Your Feet

Do you notice that the cracked skin on your heels is drier and thicker than the rest of your heels? The skin splits up and cracks when pressure is applied to it. The problem can be reduced with regular soaking and moisturizing of your feet. Here are some tips to help you get the best results from soaking and exfoliating your feet.

  • Prepare a soapy mixture in lukewarm water and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes
  • Use a pumice stone, foot scrubber or loofah to remove the hard dead skin from the heels
  • Pat your feet dry using a soft cloth
  • Apply a thick moisturizer or heel balm to the heels
  • Apply a thick coat of petroleum jelly to the heels to lock in moisture
  • Don’t scrub your feet when they are dry as it can irritate and damage your skin.
  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a magical elixir for dead and dry skin. People with psoriasis and eczema find coconut oil very effective as it helps retain moisture in the skin. You can apply coconut oil to your cracked heels after you’ve soaked them. It will act as a great moisturizer and is a great treatment option for cracked heels. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it will help heal any infections or bleeding in your heels as well.

  1. Honey

Honey has many antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is a great remedy for cracked heels or dry skin anywhere on the body. Honey also helps cleanse wounds. It heals them and also moisturizes your skin. You can apply honey all over your heels as a foot mask overnight or simply use it as a scrub after you’ve soaked your feet in lukewarm water.

These were some common but effective home remedies for cracked heels. With winter approaching, cracked heels will become a common problem. Follow these remedies to take care of your heels and protect your skin.

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