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A Quick and Easy Way to Heal Cracked Heels

Updated on June 18, 2013
No need to hide your feet.
No need to hide your feet.

Heels Cracking?

If your heels are cracked, you're probably embarrassed about walking barefoot. You may also be in pain. Here's a quick and easy solution that'll heal your heels within a week.

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You Will Need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Soap
  • A plastic bin
  • Chapstick, or a similar lipbalm
  • A foot file (not a pumice stone or a callus shaver)

Step One

  • Add about a quarter cup of peroxide and enough warm water to cover your feet in the bin.
  • Soak your feet in the bin for about 20 minutes.
  • The peroxide will clean the cracks in your heels so they can heal properly.
  • The hot water will soften the callus and get rid of debris.

Step Two

  • Get in the shower or bathtub.
  • Take your shower or bath so your feet have time to get wetter and warmer.
  • Wet the foot file and run it on the bar of soap (alternatively, put a little liquid soap on it).
  • File the rough edges of your heels cracks and calluses with the soapy foot file.
  • Don't file off the whole callus or the weaker skin underneath may crack.

Step Three

  • After your shower, dry off and apply lip balm to the callus and crack area.
  • Wear flip flops for a while so the lip balm does not wear off too quickly.
  • Apply lip balm after the shower
  • You should start to see improvement after about a week.
  • If your heel cracks again, repeat the peroxide soak to clean the crack.

Other Tips

  • Lose weight if you need to. Heels crack under pressure on the heel pad.
  • Wear closed-heeled shoes. They keep the heel pad from spreading and cracking.
  • Eat healthy fats to keep your skin supple.
  • After the cracking stops, file your heels with soap in the bath every time you wash. This will keep the heel from slowly redeveloping a callus.

Important Note for Diabetics

If you are a diabetic, please consult with your doctor about heel fissures. They need to be kept scrupulously clean, and you should wear sock and closed-toed shoes. Do not neglect foot health!


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