Love to wear sandals and flip flops (or as we call them in Hawaii, slippahs) in the summer? I do! In fact, I wear them pretty much all year, including winter months when I can get away with.
But the big issue I have with open-toed (and heel) shoes are cracked heels (also known as fissures). I get them so bad that deep cracks appear and hurt when I walk. These cracks or cuts may expose the skin to harmful bacteria leading to infections.
Cracked heels can be caused by more than open-toed shoes or dry air. They could be a sign of other health problems, such as skin conditions, thyroid issues, vitamin deficiency, weight issues and aging. So if you have chronic dry or cracked heels, consider whether you’re at risk for these other health conditions and talk to your health care provider. Consider eating a diet rich in vitamin E, calcium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to maintain optimal skin health.
And if you’re looking for home remedies to heal those cracked heels naturally, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these easy solutions for dry, cracked heels you can easily do at home with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
10 Home Remedies for Cracked Heels
1. Coconut oil
Massage a spoonful of coconut oil on each cracked heel and cover with socks (try these heel socks) before bed. In the morning, heels should be smoother and softer. Repeat as needed each night until cracked heels are better. Coconut oil is an natural sanitizer and helps to kill germs that could lead to infection.
Add a cup of honey to a gallon of warm water. Pour honey-water mixture into a bucket or large bowl wide enough to fit both feet. Soak feet for 20-30 minutes. The honey helps moisturize and cleanse cracked heels, while keeping germs at bay that could lead to infection.
3. Epsom Salt
Add 1/3 cup of epsom salt to a bucket or large bowl wide enough to fit both feet. Fill with warm water and let feet soak for 20-30 minutes. The epsom salt helps to gently exfoliate the feet. Rub feet with a light oil such as sesame oil or jojoba oil to keep feet moisturized.
4. DIY Diaper Balm
5. Pumice Stone
6. Avocado oil
Avocado oil is a natural skin soother in a bottle. It’s excellent for cuts, scrapes and cracked skin. It helps to kill germs and heal and moisturize skin. Rub a tsp of avocado oil on feet before bedtime. Cover with socks and wake up in the morning to soft heels. Repeat each night until skin is healed.
7. Banana and Coconut Mask
Mash a banana and 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil. Apply to cracked heels and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash in a warm bath (no soap) and pat dry. The banana and coconut oil are loaded with natural enzymes that help to encourage cell turnover and moisturize skin.
8. Moisturizing Foot Bath
Add1/3 cup epsom salt to a bucket or large bowl (wide enough to fit both feet), and fill with warm water and . Let feet soak 20-30 minutes. Follow up coconut oil or your favorite carrier oil to lock in moisture.
9. Wool Socks
One of the biggest culprits of cracked heels is loss of moisture. Wear wool socks to trap body heat in the feet. This will help to prevent loss of moisture. My cracked heels tend to go away in the winter. Why? Because I always wear boots with socks or even just socks around my house to keep my feet warm. The socks help to keep the moisture in.
10. Shea Butter
Organic shea butter is a rich emollient packed full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, D, E and F as well as antioxidants and essential fatty acids, to help combat dry skin. A little goes a long way with shea butter. You can soak feet in a bucket or large bowl (wide enough to fit both feet) and fill with warm water and 1 tbsp of shea butter for 15 minutes. Or you could you massage feet with 1-2 tbsp of shea butter and cover feet with socks(try these heel socks) overnight.
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