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How to Get Rid of Dry Cracked Heels

Updated on April 25, 2013
Look after your feet -- the hardest working part of your body!
Look after your feet -- the hardest working part of your body! | Source

Dry cracked heels are a major concern for many women. It stops them from wearing sling-back heels and flip flops. Dry and cracked feet can happen for many reasons, including poor moisture or care and even diabetes! The good news is that no matter what the reason for your poor feet appearance is, you can do something about it. Here are some ideas to help cure your dry cracked heels problem.

Use Vegetable Oil on Your Feet

It’s sounds disgusting at first (I cringed at the idea) but it really does help. It takes some time to really see a benefit but hydrogenated vegetable oil will break through the tougher layers to help soften them and add moisture.

You will need to wash your feet thoroughly first and then apply a thick coating of oil onto them. Do it before you go to bed so that you can wear a thick pair of socks and allow your feet to really soak the oil in. Those with dryer feet will find that this takes longer.

A personal note: I found that the oil worked eventually but I couldn’t stand sleeping in socks!

Use a Pumice Stone on Dry Cracked Heels

Pumice stones are excellent to remove the layers of dry skin from the bottom of your feet. The stone will exfoliate and file the cracked layers away so you’re left with the fresh, softer and smoother layers underneath. You can buy a pumice stone from your local beauty store and they don’t cost a lot of money.

These can take some time and you will need to moisturize your feet in between. Use the pumice stone on a daily basis before you go to bed to get the most benefit and see results in the shortest time.

Take Foot Baths on a Regular Basis

Foot baths won’t only help your dry cracked feet, but will also help the muscles in your feet. Your feet do so much, so a foot bath is a great way to reward them.

Avoid using hot water. This actually dries the skin out and will make your dry cracked heels problem worse! Use mild water with some foot soak powder or crystals and consider adding a massage at the end to really thank your feet for all the hard work that they do.

You can make your own foot soak by mixing a cup of cooked rice, water and baking powder.

Is It Worth Buying Foot Creams?

There are many creams and oils available to help with dry cracked heels but are they really worth investing in? Speaking on a personal experience – yes, as long as you use it with other options above. Creams are great but they don’t always get past the layer of dried skin. It worth using them with a pumice stone or after a foot bath so that the skin can hold the moisture.

You also need to make sure your feet are clean before using them to really get the most benefit. If you’re not willing to use other methods with them, you’ll find that you spend hundreds of dollars and it will take much longer – if it even works at all! Others may have a different personal experience and I’d love to hear them.

I’ve still not had full success in helping my dry cracked heels but I haven’t been earnest in my attempt at any of the methods I’ve tried. I think if I actually tried my hardest then something would happen because I've seen temporary changes for the better. I didn't like using the oil but I have used a pumice stone regularly in the past and started to see results -- but then stopped instead of looking after my feet.

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