Cracked heels are a very common foot problem experienced by people and can range from minor cracks to deep painful fissures. Cracked heels are generally the result of dry weather conditions, lack of regular foot care and moisturization, wearing the wrong shoes or standing on a hard surface for a long time. Whatever is the cause, it is very important to treat cracked heels right from its beginning or else it can lead to seriously painful cracks sometimes causing bleeding.
Regular pedicures in a beauty salon or spa can be very expensive and time consuming. Instead try scrubbing your heels with a pumice stone atleast once a week. This will exfoliate your heels and keep cracks under control. Along with regular exfoliation try some simple home remedies that will moisturize the heels and help you treat and control your cracked heels to a great extent.
Here Are 4 Simple Remedies To Treat Cracked Heels:
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is known to have antifungal properties and is an excellent natural moisturizer. It is also an excellent remedy for cracked heels. Before going to bed scrub your feet clean with a pumice stone. This will help you to get rid of all the dirt and dust you have accumulated on your feet the entire day. Then massage your feet and heels with warm coconut oil. Use the oil generously. Allow your feet to absorb the oil little bit then put on a cotton sock. Make this your daily night time ritual for smooth beautiful heels.
2. Paraffin Wax
paraffin wax is a natural emollient and helps to preserve the natural oils of the skin thus keep it soft and smooth. Melt some paraffin wax along with some coconut oil. Allow the mixture to cool down. Super hot wax might cause burning. So be careful. Apply the wax and oil mixture on your heels. Allow the pack to solidify. Then scrape it off and rinse with water. You can also use it at night and keep it overnight for best results.
Honey is an excellent natural moisturizer. It helps to soften the hard skin around the heels and reduce cracks and fissures. You can either apply the honey like a foot pack or you can add a cup of honey to half a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet in the water for 15 to 20 minutes. This will allow the honey to enter the pores of your feet and soften them. For best results scrub your heels with a pumice stone or a loofah after soaking your feet in honey. This will help you to get rid of the dead skin cells and make your heels softer and healthier.
4. Glycerin And Rosewater
Glycerin helps in cell maturation and protects the natural moisture of the skin. This when mixed with rosewater (rich in vitamin A, B3 and E) becomes an excellent cure for cracked heels. Apply this mixture on your entire feet including heels after each time you wash them. You can also use this before going to bed at night for better results. Continued use of glycerin with rosewater will help you to get rid of cracked heels and dry feet.
Health conditions like diabetes, thyroid or eczema can also cause cracked heels. If you continue having cracked heels inspite of continuous care and following natural remedies then it is best to consult a doctor for further treatment.