How to Heal Cracked Feet

Cracked feet, also known as heel fissures, are a common problem for people of all ages, mostly caused by lack of moisture.

Other causes include, standing for long hours, using harsh soaps, cold weather, continuous exposure to water, being overweight, and wearing improper footwear. Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, thyroid disease and diabetes can also contribute to this problem.

Some of the signs and symptoms of cracked feet are red or flaky patches, peeling skin, itchiness, bleeding from the cracks and pain.

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Cracked feet look unattractive and, in some cases can lead to infection and extreme pain. The problem can be taken care of with some simple home remedies.

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Here are the top 10 ways to heal cracked feet.

1. Scrubbing

Scrubbing the hard, dead skin away helps a great deal in getting rid of cracked feet. Before scrubbing, soak your feet in warm soapy water to help soften the skin and make it easier to scrub.

  1. Before going to bed, mix some liquid soap in a foot tub filled with warm water.
  2. Soak your feet in this warm soapy water for about 20 minutes.
  3. Use a pumice stone to gently scrub off the loosened dead skin cells.
  4. Rinse off your feet with clean water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  5. Apply some foot cream or moisturizer and wear a pair of clean cotton socks overnight.
  6. Follow this remedy daily until your cracked feet are healed completely.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another incredible remedy for dry, cracked feet. It helps moisturize your feet and also fights fungal and bacterial infections, thanks to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

  1. Before going to sleep, soak your feet in warm water and scrub with a loofah.
  2. Dry your feet thoroughly and then apply coconut oil generously on your feet.
  3. Put on a pair of clean, cotton socks for the night.
  4. The next morning, remove the socks and wash your feet.
  5. Do this daily for several days until you are satisfied with the results.

You can also use olive oil in the same way.

3. Mentholated Rub

This is another popular home remedy for cracked heels because of the many essential oils that it contains. It also helps heal toenail fungus.

  1. Apply some mentholated rub on clean, dry feet before going to bed.
  2. Put on a pair of socks and leave it on overnight.
  3. The next morning, remove your socks and wash your feet with warm water.
  4. Repeat daily for a few days until the rough skin peels off.

4. Paraffin Wax

You can also use paraffin wax to remove the dead, dry skin and cure cracked feet. It will also work as a natural emollient to soften the skin and retain the natural oils on the skin.

  1. Heat some paraffin wax in a microwave or double-boiler and add an equal amount of mustard oil or coconut oil to it.
  2. Apply this thick creamy paste on the cracks and put on a pair of socks.
  3. Leave it on overnight and wash your feet thoroughly in the morning.
  4. Follow this remedy daily for one or two weeks.

5. Glycerin

Due to its moisturizing and humectant properties, glycerin works as a great remedy to get rid of cracked feet.

  1. Make a mixture of equal parts of glycerin and lemon juice. You can also add some rose water.
  2. Apply it on your feet.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with water.
  4. Follow this remedy daily for about two weeks.

6. Epsom Salt

Epsom facilitates the process of healing cracked feet as it promotes circulation. Plus, the magnesium in Epsom salt promotes skin health and draws out toxins.

  1. Add one-half cup of Epsom salt in a foot tub filled with warm water.
  2. Soak your feet in it for 10 minutes.
  3. Gently rub your feet with a pumice stone for a few minutes.
  4. Put your feet back in the Epsom salt soak for another 10 minutes.
  5. Finally, dry your feet thoroughly and apply a moisturizer or petroleum jelly.
  6. Repeat daily for two or three days.




  1. I like the remedies…..
    Hope it will be helpful for Mr

  2. I really like all the remedies for cracked heels. I like it

  3. i think we can apply coconut oil also….
    apply coconut oil every night 30 minutes before sleep
    apply it till the heel is repaired

    • A woman has other obligations in the night towards her husband which take almost 30 minutes.You are too tired after every hectic session to give another 30 mins to your feet when your legs already pain from being in the air. I am sorry for the explicit details but this is the reality.Husbands do not want to do overtime in the morning!

      • Shilpa Sen,

        Hi, it’s 2013 now. Women are not an object with obligations. We are individuals with equal rights and free will. That’s ignorant to say otherwise. This post is about fixing FEET. Go be inappropriate somewhere else.

      • Instead of keeping your legs and feet in the air and enduring that indignity try getting on all fours whilst spreading knees as far as possible all while reaching back and massaging lotion on feet and killing two birds with one stone.

      • Shilpa – move into the 21st century – “Women” do not have “obligations” – seriously … take care of yourself – and that was far from explicit … I think however you may want to seek some counseling for your “lonely housewife” life and realize that women can be independent, like others on here, this type of post is not welcome.

        • Maybe Shilpa is from the 22 century when men have put down the female rebellion and women are again required to please their men? :-)

          • I agree with these other girls but I could say I’m like her too and Andrew.. you sound like my boyfriend. his name just so happens to be Andrew as well..

      • Shilpa,
        If this is the nature of your relationship, and you choose to submit to your husband in a traditional way, who are we to judge? That said, maybe it would be easier to set aside some time during the day to tend to your feet. You are worth it.

      • Hey I’m a 47 year African American Male who is very Active with my wife. And I would like to be intimate daily however , If my wife is having a health issue her health is more important than my physical pleasure or lack of self control. Get this Husband if your wife is happy and healthy it’s money in the Bank happy wife happy Life !

      • Seriously? Go get a life

      • I’m sure you enjoy it as well. You are not fooling anyone. Keeps those legs up!

      • Wow…it only takes you 30 minutes to do the ‘obligatory’ deed from start to finish???? That is sad….

      • Get your man to massage your feet with coconut oil, never know he might like it ^_~ mine has never complained (or you can do it beforehand it takes l less than a minute to apply ) and if your legs hurt off being “in the air” you may want to get them checked as its your hips that would be doing any work ^_^

        *sorry if that is to explicit for anyone*

  4. just drinking more water seems to be sorting my bad skin on me feet. yey.

  5. Good info, thanks

  6. fazeena latchman August 6, 2013, 1:48 am

    Real nice tips and ways avoid it

  7. Yeh its really good once…..

  8. I tried the honey and petroleum jelly they really work

  9. Can’t wait to try some of your suggestions.

  10. useful tips! Soaking your feet for 20min then scrubbing with the stone works best for me! (:

  11. very effective remedies

  12. All the above remedies seem really good for cracked feet, I would also like to add that The organic Shea butter also does wonders on cracked feet… Instead of any moisturizer use the 100% unrefined organic Shea butter and u will find your feet hands and legs really silky and smooth.

  13. glycerine mixed with lemon juice is also very effective…

  14. My wife has dry feet and what I do is have her get on all fours for porking. While porking,I keep a bottle of moisturizer on her ass…..right next to the ash tray.

  15. This is one of the funniest threads I’ve ever read. I read it to my wife and got a great Sunday morning belly laugh out of this. I went hunting for ways to solve her cracked feet and I found out that lots of “feet in the air” and “on all fours” sex seems to cure it based on this thread. I don’t smoke Mark so do you recommend any other place setting for the other cheek?

    My wife is dying laughing while I type this. Thanks for the humor guys!

  16. My wife’s feet smell like vinegar and looks like dried up crunchy bagels. Any remedys for this? Its affecting my sex life.

  17. I resent you are saying this is from improper foot care, I have been fighting this problem continually for years. I have been using every known foot cream and/or prescriptions daily, up to three times a day. My husband made a comment recently that I acted like I had athletes foot, after seeing podiatrists forever. I started using athletes foot cream, and low and behold, it is finally clearing up. I have what is a know as moccasin foot. And it is finally, healing!! Don’t blame it all on improper foot care.,

  18. i used nivea smoth milk for dry skin .results are great try it and see the difference

  19. Bawakyillenuo Julius Ngmentiere June 7, 2014, 10:43 pm

    I like it. Tanx.

  20. I tried some of these foot care to my boyfriend(soaking, scrubbing, rinse and put moisturizer then foot massage) he likes it very much..its a good bonding for us also..

  21. What you have is Candida overgrowth. Look up how to treat this. I used a product called Can del it helped me. Read up on candida overgrowth. Treat that and start taking probiotics religiously as well as staying away from sugar. I say this because when you mentioned you used athlete’s foot cream and it cleared up. That is a sure sign if candida overgrowth. Good luck! !

  22. All remidies are useful &simple

  23. I agree with mr. Doug, the funniest thread I ever read. Thanx for making me laugh. I wonder my feet will be cured or not but my laughter is cracked out

  24. Drink beer. It contains vitamine B. Yesterday by accident, I drank 3 beers and feel better today.

  25. When you talk about drinking with moderation , I guess it depends how serious is your feet problem. Hi! Hi! Today I will certainly take 1 because I already feel a lot better..

  26. The beer I drank that cured my dried and cracked foot is called Harbin and made of barley. It contains vitamin B6 AND B2. Of course, you shouldn t dring more than one a day. And if you are still awaiting moderation go to hell!!

  27. the best cure for this is get a coconut virgin oil spread it all over your feet then wrap it with food plastic wrap and wear a cotton sock go to bed for overnight next day wash your feet with a hot water dry it very well again spread coconut virgin oil wrap your feet with plastic food wrap wear a cotton sock go to your work when you came back wash your feet do the same thing in few days or weeks you will be 100 percent fine

  28. another home remedy,mix tobacco dried leaves and mehndi in boiling water ,cool apply this paste 2 or 3 times it has an amazing effects

  29. Traditionally Raw kokum butter is applied that cures cracks on feet. It takes 2 minutes to rub the butter or apply its oil made by heating butter. Try it.

  30. I follow all the remedies …n they really works…thank u so much

  31. Rub sausages on your feet; preferably pork for aprox 3 hours. Once you’ve done that soak just your toes in Dr Pepper until the liquid turns clear. Then before bed Sellotape a Greek yogurt to your face and rinse off in the morning. It can be a bit of a chore performing this routine every night before bed, but stick with it – within a decade you will have feet like Bilbo Baggins!

  32. I use mane & tail hoofmaker. It’s a hand & nail therapy. Works very well!

  33. I feel that this remedies would really useful.

  34. You leave out an important home remedy. Look at the contents list all the “intensive foot moisturizing creams”; what do you see as an active ingredient? Urea. Where can you get urea? Urine. Cuban drummers have known about this way to prevent hand calluses for centuries Just make sure that you wash your hands afterwards…

  35. It’s too good pl


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