You’re all dressed up for that party you’ve been anxiously waiting for and take one last look in the mirror before stepping out. Everything seems perfect and you’re all set to have heads turning when you walk into the party and when suddenly your eyes happen to fall on your awfully dry and cracked heels peeping through your favorite sandals. What could possibly be a bigger disappointment!
But worry not, we’re here to help you out with some amazing tried and tested home remedies to soothe and heal those heals within no time at all.
CAUSES OF CRACKED HEELS
Cracked heels, also known as fissures tend to occur when the body loses its innate moisture and dries out; which with frequent foot movements tend to split open. Minor cracks tend to be bearable but an accentuated state can really be discomforting and agonizing.
It is important to know why heels dry up and gash open. Foremost, they are a sign of negligence towards your feet and among other possible factors, below are a handful of the major reasons and conditions which are likely to cause them.
- Extreme weather conditions and seasonal shifts
- Dehydration of the body
- Excessive scrubbing of the feet
- Diabetes ( in such a case the state of the cracked heels is more likely to become infectious).
- too much hot showers
- improper footwear
- low humidity level
You must bear in mind that your feet are also very important as they carry the whole weight of your body and the healthier they are, the happier you’ll be. So please don’t neglect them and give them that extra pampering they so rightly deserve.
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TOP 6 HOME REMEDIES FOR CRACKED HEALS
Though the market is flooded with countless products for cracked heels, we recommend using the natural and safer way. Nature is replete with wonder products that have the inherent ability to provide, lock in moisture, heal up and restore the lost charm and health of the feet and that’s why home remedies are always a cheaper and effective option.
So, let’s get started with our list of the top six home remedies for cracked heels.
- Vinegar Foot Soak
- White vinegar doesn’t only add flavor to your food but is also very handy when it comes to treating cracked heels. The acetic acid in vinegar works very well at softening heels in a gentle , yet effective manner. What you need to do is:
- Take ¼ cup of white vinegar and add it to a basin of warm water. The water should be just enough to completely soak your feet into.
- Keep the feet soaked in this solution for about 10 to 15 minutes; scrubbing the heels gently every now and then.
- Dry your feet with a soft cloth and apply a bit of lotion on your feet if you feel the need to.
You can do this 2 to 3 times a week, but remember, soaking for too long or too often can really dry out your skin. So please don’t overdo it. Oh, and one other advantage of this vinegar foot soak is that it also takes care of smelly feet. Isn’t that a relief for some of us!
- Glycerin, Rosewater and Lemon mask
- Glycerin is an excellent moisturizer, and when mixed with lemon and rosewater, it forms the perfect remedy for cracked heels. Here’s a great mask to give you silky soft heels with absolutely no cracks at all.
- Take 1 tsp of glycerin, 1tsp of lemon juice, and 1 tsp of rosewater and mix them properly.
- Next wash your feet thoroughly, scraping off dead skin from the heels and sides of the feet using a pumice stone.
- After drying the feet, apply the glycerin mask over the heels or over the entire feet.
- Since the mixture is quite sticky, it would be advisable to wear cotton socks.
- Wash it off in the morning with lukewarm water.
- You may do this 2 to 3 times a week.
NOTE: It is best to do this at night for maximum and quick results.
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- Olive Oil Massage
- Oils are terrific natural moisturizers and olive oil is one of the best oils you can use to bring back life into your distressed heels. The method is very simple
- Wash your feet properly and dry them completely.
- Take some olive oil and rub it onto your heels. You can do a bit of a massage on the whole foot as that would also help to relax tired feet.
- Put on a pair of clean socks and leave it on overnight for this will help it absorb deeper into the skin.
- Wash your feet in the morning and you will feel a marked improvement in the condition of your heels.
- You can continue doing this until satisfactory results are achieved.
- Honey is an excellent moisturizer owing to the fact that is a natural humectant, which means that it traps moisture and seals it in, aiding the healing process –something cracked heels direly need. All you need to do is
- Take half a bucket of warm water and add 1 cup of honey to it
- Stir it so that the honey gets completely dissolved in the water
- Soak your feet in it for 10 to 15 minutes, scrubbing gently
- Wash off thoroughly and dry your feet
- You can continue doing this regularly until the cracked heels have healed completely.
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- If you’re suffering from cracked heels which are also very painful, then this is an excellent remedy for you to try out.
- Take some paraffin wax and mix it with olive oil or mustard oil
- You will need to heat it slightly to melt the paraffin wax so that it can mix properly with the oil.
- Let it cool down at room temperature
- Now apply to clean and dry feet and Put on a pair of socks
- Wash off in the morning
The best time to do this would be at night. For best results, repeat twice a week
- Bananas have very high moisture content, which is exactly what cracked heels are in need of.
- Take a ripe banana and mash it with a fork to make a paste of it.
- Apply this paste over your heels
- Let it work its magic for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
- To pack an extra punch, you can also add avocado pulp to the banana paste.
- This will leave you with smoother and softer heels.
So, this was our list of the top 6 tried and tested home remedies for cracked heels that are extremely result oriented. Please do remember that your feet need continuous care. Moisturize them daily and keep your body well hydrated and get ready to show off those completely transformed gorgeous heels!
Tips for Cracked Heals
Prevention is better than cure. Certain preventive measures can help lessen the risk and chances of dried out heals and allow you to stay safe from foot pain.
- Avoid walking barefoot.
- Ensure ample intake of water to prevent dehydration on regular basis.
- Always apply a moisturizing lotion before going to bed.
- Avoid excessive pressure on the feet
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