Cracked heel is one of the most common foot conditions. Although cracked heels do not pose any serious health risk, they do cause a lot of discomfort and can lead to pain and infection if left untreated over a period of time.
You don’t have to continue suffering from cracked heels. Here are some of the most commonly used and highly effective home remedies to treat cracked heels.
Gentle Exfoliation or Scrubbing
Soak your feet in warm water until the skin becomes soft. 20-25 minutes of soaking should be sufficient. Then using a pumice stone, gently scrub away at the dry skin. Pat the skin dry and apply a gentle moisturizing cream. Don’t try and remove the dead skin all at one time. It is better to do this every day for a week or two, depending on the severity of the cracks.
Oils are great for moisturizing dry skin. They are also excellent for treating cracked heels. Oils such as olive oil, and coconut, oil, as well as almond oils can help in treating cracked heels. Again, start by soaking your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes.
After soaking, start massaging the cracked heel with the oil of your choice. Once done, wear clean socks (helps trap the moisture) overnight. In the morning, simply rinse the oil. This should be done daily until you find your skin improving.
Honey is known for its antibacterial properties in addition to being a great moisturizer. Here’s what you can do: add ½ cup of pure raw honey in some warm water and let your feet soak in it for 20 minutes. After this, slowly starting removing the dry skin with a cloth. Follow this routine until your cracks heal.
One of the best home remedies for detoxifying the body is Epsom Salt. It has been used for centuries and offers natural healing. Using Epsom Salt will also help in stimulating blood circulation in the feet.
Here’s what you can do – add Epsom Salt to some warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes. Next, using a pumice stone gently scrub the dry skin.
After this, place your feet back into the Epsom Salt bath for an additional 10 minutes. Once done, dry your feet and apply a moisturizer. You can also make a pack using Epsom Salt and peppermint or tea tree oil and apply to the skin twice a week if there is an infection.
Aloe Vera has been used to treat common skin conditions as well as to improve the skin texture. All you have to do is simply apply Aloe Vera in its pure form to your cracked heels directly.
In addition, you can mix a paste using two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel, a teaspoon each of turmeric powder and camphor powder, and add this to a paste of crushed basil leaves. Apply the paste for 15 to 20 minutes to your cracked heels before rinsing.
When to See a Podiatrist
Cracked heels can be treated with home remedies, but sometimes it can be best to see a foot doctor. If cracked heels are related to any medical condition, like diabetes, any autoimmune disorder, skin conditions, or impaired circulation you should visit your podiatrist. Elderly patients that develop deep cracks should also visit a foot specialist to avoid heel fissures becoming bedsores or ulcers.
If you have heel cracks that won’t heal or bleed contact us at Foot And Ankle Clinic and schedule an appointment with us.