Cracked heels are a very common problem. You might experience a certain discomfort when walking barefoot. However, in more serious cases, the cracks can go deeper and cause pain. Here are some home remedies to help you treat cracked heels easily. Before you try any of these remedies though, make sure you consult your doctor.
Natural ways to treat cracked heals
- The skin that lies in the cracked heels area is thick and dry. As a result, the skin can split when pressure is applied. Consider keeping this area moisturized. We recommend soaking your feet in lukewarm soapy water for some 20 minutes and using a pumice stone to eliminate the thick skin. Pat your feet dry and apply a moisturizer on the affected area. You can also apply petroleum jelly.
- Honey is a great natural remedy when it comes to cracked heals. Honey is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and has been used in traditional medicine systems around the world. Honey can help accelerate healing and can cleanse wounds as well. It functions as a powerful skin moisturizer. You can use honey as an overnight foot mask.
- Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including psoriasis, dry skin, and eczema. Coconut oil also has anti-microbial properties which makes it a great option if you notice bleeding too. The application of coconut oil can help lock moisture within the skin and will help it retain moisture. After a foot soak, use some coconut oil.
- Bananas can also help you get rid of cracked heels. Just mash two bananas (ripe) and make a smooth paste. It is important to ensure that the bananas you use for this remedy are ripe as unripe bananas can actually irritate the skin thanks to the presence of acid. Rub the paste over the feet and allow it to remain for about 20 minutes. Rinse off with clean water.