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Natural Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Updated on March 31, 2011

It is a natural human behavior to always take good care of facial skin and skin of upper body parts. In the process of looking young and dynamic, people forget about the aesthetic appearance of feet and this happens with women more than men just because most men wear socks and shoes and this keeps their feet covered all day long when they are outside and most women wear sandals, slip-ons (chappals), and slippers. In this way, men keep their feet protected from outside injuries and dust and also keep them hydrated and does not experience dry or cracked skin but women’s feet are not covered properly exposing them to small cuts and lacerations on the feet. This problem is further deteriorated due to wearing high heels.

Also, the lack of caring for feet leads to dry skin conditions to the point of cracking, especially in the heels, which can become a serious situation when the injury reaches the dermis layer of skin. Some also experience severe pain and discomfort while walking due to the cracked heels. This happens because the cracks or fissures are arranged regularly generating linear wounds in the epidermis but when they reach the dermis they become truly painful. To avoid this and improve the appearance of feet, please go through the below listed home remedies for cracked heels:

My Friend's Cracked Heels After Vaishno Devi Travel - Cracked heels look ugly and painful. Why not treat them naturally?
My Friend's Cracked Heels After Vaishno Devi Travel - Cracked heels look ugly and painful. Why not treat them naturally? | Source
  1. Obesity is often a cause of excessive pressure on heel pads that act as natural buffers and this excess pressure combined with dry skin conditions leads to breakdown of skin around the heels, but this condition does not only occur due to an external situation, it can also be due to lack of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and minerals such as zinc in the body.
  2. Application of butter or hydrogenated vegetable oil is a very effective home remedy for treating cracked heels naturally, but one should keep in mind to first of all wash feet in the areas affected by dryness and cracks followed by application of a thick layer of butter or hydrogenated vegetable oil. After that, you can wear socks all night leaving the application as is. This home remedy gives excellent results in very little time.
  3. Another home remedy for cracked heels is the pulp of ripe banana to be applied in the affected area for 20 minutes and then rinse and rub the heels with lemon juice and sugar, leaving them for 5 minutes and wash. This procedure should be done twice a day to achieve desired results.
  4. Lemon is an excellent home remedy for dry heels, especially cracked heels. Feet should be immersed in lemon juice and hot water for 10 minutes every day when the condition is present and once a week as a preventive measure.

So above were a few natural remedies for cracked heels. Using these remedies combined with proper foot care, keeping them hydrated, covering them at least twice a week in socks will help you cure this condition as soon as possible.

If above remedies don't work for you, you can try:


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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes, we need to give some time to our feet also. Also, it's an old saying that "a real man can be identified from his feet and not his face and clothes".

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      Juiceyme 6 years ago

      Nice Hub, Yes, if you don't tend to your feet they will get cracked and ugly eventually.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @CARIBQUEEN, I am really thankful you came this way to write such a generous comment. I am happy that I was able to write a helpful guide for people suffering from painful cracked heels.

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      CARIBQUEEN 6 years ago

      Beautiful hub and informative. So many people suffer from chapped and cracked heels - I am sure that they would be grateful for this information. Thank you

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @mannyrolando, my pleasure buddy. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Great information, thanks for sharing!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much BayBayz for this useful piece of information. I love natural products and anything which is natural and can cure some problems suites me. I will check that website today itself and see what other natural products are available with them. The Healthy Heels Foot Balm seems impressive but I never recommend them to everyone before trying.

      By the way, for the time, I try out this product, I recommend using the above mentioned natural tips to heal cracked heels.

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      BayBayz 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      The best product on the market today for not only healing sore cracked heels at the cellular level and involves 100% all natural ingredients, is from a company called

      Their Healthy Heels Foot Balm is incredible

      They are a small, Canadian manufacturer getting world wide recognition for their products and have over 150 all natural health & beauty products in their catalog.

      They use absolutely No Harmful Chemicals, Preservatives or Synthetic Colors of any kind in any of their all natural skin care lines and guarantee amazing results.