Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

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Cracked heels are a very common problem and can range in severity from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem. Taking proper precautions right away can prevent cracks from getting deeper and causing bleeding and pain. Some of the causes of cracked heels are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, an unhealthy diet and wearing the wrong types of shoes.

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There are several home remedies for cracked heels that you can try to resolve the problem. Here are the top 10 remedies for cracked heels.

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1. Vegetable Oil

A variety of vegetable oils can be used to treat and prevent cracked heels. Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or any other hydrogenated vegetable oil will work. For best results, use this remedy before going to bed to allow ample time for the oil to fully penetrate your skin.

  1. First scrub your feet with a pumice stone and wash them thoroughly. Apply the vegetable oil liberally on your heels and soles.
  2. Put on a pair of clean socks and leave them on overnight while you sleep. In the morning, your heels will be noticeably softer.
  3. Repeat this for a few days until the cracks in your heels are gone completely.

2. Rice Flour

Exfoliating the skin on your feet and heels will help remove dead skin from the dryness and cracking. Rice flour can be used as an homemade exfoliating scrub.

  1. To make the scrub, mix a handful of ground rice with a few tablespoons of honey and apple cider vinegar. Stir it until it becomes a thick paste. If the cracking on your heels is extremely bad, add a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil.
  2. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then gently scrub them with the rice flour paste.

3. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac, also known as margosa leaves or neem, contains fungicidal properties that are very effective in treating cracked heels.

  1. Crush a handful of Indian lilac leaves to make a fine paste and add three teaspoons of turmeric powder. Mix it well.
  2. Apply the paste on the cracks and leave it on for half an hour.
  3. Wash your feet with warm water and dry them with a clean cloth.

4. Lemon

The acidic property in lemons can be very effective in reducing rough skin that can lead to cracking.

  1. Apply lemon juice directly on the rough skin. Alternatively, you can soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with lemon juice added to it. Avoid using very hot water, which can cause your feet to dry out more
  2. Wash your feet using a pumice stone and soap, and pat your feet dry with a towel.

5. Rosewater and Glycerin

The combination of glycerin and rose water makes an effective home treatment for cracked 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 antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Just mix equal amounts of glycerin and rose water thoroughly and rub it on your heels and feet daily before going to bed at night.

6. Paraffin Wax

If the condition of the cracks on your heels is really bad and causing a lot of pain, a paraffin wax treatment can provide quick relief.

  1. Mix paraffin wax with mustard oil or coconut oil and heat it until the wax melts thoroughly. Allow the mixture to come to room temperature before applying it on your feet.
  2. For best results, apply the mixture before going to bed and wash it off in the morning.
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  1. My mom has used every product in the market but none has worked…thanks for your tips ,hopefuly they’ll work for her..thanks!

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  2. Dear sir/Madam

    It is useful remedies which is useful to us which we can do it at home.

    Thanks
    RAMYA

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  3. All the tips are very usefull and easy to try at home. Thanks for the tips

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  4. All the tips r very easy & thanks it helped me to give my grand mom get ride of her cracked heel

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  5. I had very bad heel cracks and your tips have really worked. My heart-felt profuse thanks to you. Please keep spreading your knowledge for the benefit of all like me. May God’s choicest blessings be showered on you.

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  6. Gud tips.. I will try that one:)

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  7. very nice tips .these are very helpful and beneficial

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  8. These are very useful tips. I find the banana one very amusing yet helpful

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  9. Radhika Maharaj May 30, 2013, 7:22 am

    I have tried petroleum jelly its too good, keep giving some more tips .
    Thanks

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  10. these r really good remedies to treat at home, actually we can do it easily instead of going to a spa everytime our heels get cracked..

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  11. Very useful tips indeed.
    One small tip from my side,after applying oil to your feet ,wrap with cling wrapper or plastic cover and then wear socks.

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  12. these remedies R realy easy and I used dem fo my mom’s cracked heel!! Tnks alot!!:)

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  13. I haven’t try any of your remedies yet, but they all sound great. Thanks!!!!!!

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  14. These are very useful .Thanks

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  15. THIS IS VERY NICE MY WANTS TO TRY ALL THESE FOR HER HEELS AND AS I’VE A SKIN CARE PAGE I ALSO HAD GIVEN THESE REMEDIES ON MY PAGE :)

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  16. Refilwe Maselwane July 21, 2013, 6:29 pm

    Those r great remedies indeed…i hope one of them is gonna work 4 my badly cracked heels…once again m gona start wth the banana:D

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  17. I soaked my feet for 20 minute a day for 2 weeks in vinegar and used a fine grater to remove the dry skin. I then put lotion on my feet with socks and my feet looks great. I no longer have any cracks on my heel.

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  18. thanks a lot, best remedies i beleave i gonna try today

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  19. Petroleum jelly with sofradex works better & gives wonderful results

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  20. Im.so glad i found this site Im.gonna try them HOPEFULLY IT will work thanks

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  21. We are trying the olive oil and saran wrap as we speak … all seem very great

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  22. wow these tips realy are useful. I have tried almost all crackd heels related products but nothing worked. Tnx 2 ur tips now my heels r as soft as a feather. I followed the petroleum jelly method, cheap but effective. I started 2 c results da morning afta my 1st application. Try it out guys! Tnx 4 da tips, we wld laq sum tips on growing long hair at home fast

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  23. idnt try yet .athough i think all tips must work.thanks alot

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  24. I have a very bad cracked feet and toes,i just this will work for me. Am gonna try it this nite.

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  25. I went to a foot doctor a few months ago with heels that were so cracked she said if I had come in when they were fresh she would have stitched them. She told me to get 100% African Shea butter.you can buy it at Rainbow blossom but it is pricey. I ordered it online at Cleopatras Choice for $12.00 a pound. My heels were crack free for the first time in years within 2-3 weeks. It’s amazing! I have tried everything for years and this is the first success I have had.

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  26. Vaseline/Patrolleium Jelly does not work for me. If anything, its makes my cracked feet more irritable.
    I’ve used a pumice stone and moisturizing lotion for two years now. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I found soaking my feet in warm bathwater with a little bit of head and shoulders helps loosen some of the dead skin. Love to ideas, thinking about trying the warm water and lemon juice thing. If there’s anything more you’d like to give me let me know. Thanks.

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  27. REGARDS
    These tips are wonderful tried & got rid of cracked heels . Thanks for these easy , economic and reliable useful tips . Blessings be showering on all of you.

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  28. Thank you for all the ideas! What works best for me is to put bag balm on my feet at night then socks, they feel as soft as a new baby!

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  29. thanks for ideas

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  30. Very helpful tips u gv…all tips are vry easy to make at home…thank u so much

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  31. Will try this treatment for cracked heels, thanks!

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  32. Wonderful guidance………. Very very thanks…….

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  33. I use Gold Bond Ultimate healing with Aloe lotion at night with socks and morning before I put my shoes on. It is Awesome for cracked and rough feet!!!

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  34. Thnx a lot

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  35. I tried everything for years with no help. Finally I tried zinc oxide with great results. One can find it over the counter at any pharmacy. Once I started experiencing good results my husband mentioned that it’s what he uses on his cow’s hooves too. Maybe he could have mentioned this a few years ago, to save me a few years of aggravation and pain. Anyway, zinc oxide is also found in Balmex baby butt ointment. That’s what I started with, then switched over to the pure stuff. Either will work. I hope this helps someone else who has suffered as much as I have.

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  36. Awesum tips on all foot home Remedies..thanx will definitely pass on to my freind who suffers extremely..”God Bless”

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