Cracked heels are a very common problem and can range in severity from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem.
In addition to dry, thickened skin, the problem may be accompanied by symptoms like redness, itching, inflammation and peeling skin. Taking proper precautions right away can prevent cracks from getting deeper and causing bleeding and pain.
Here are the top 5 remedies for cracked heels.
1. Coconut Oil
Massage a spoonful of coconut oil on each cracked heel and cover with socks (try these heel socks) before bed. In the morning, heels should be smoother and softer. Repeat as needed each night until cracked heels are better. Coconut oil is a natural sanitizer and helps to kill germs that could lead to infection.
Add a cup of honey to a gallon of warm water. Pour honey-water mixture into a bucket or large bowl wide enough to fit both feet. Soak feet for 20-30 minutes. The honey helps moisturize and cleanse cracked heels, while keeping germs at bay that could lead to infection.
3. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is a natural skin soother in a bottle. It’s excellent for cuts, scrapes and cracked skin. It helps to kill germs and heal and moisturize skin. Rub a tsp of avocado oil on feet before bedtime. Cover with socks and wake up in the morning to soft heels. Repeat each night until skin is healed.
4. Banana and Coconut Mask
Mash a banana and 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil. Apply to cracked heels and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash in a warm bath (no soap) and pat dry. The banana and coconut oil are loaded with natural enzymes that help to encourage cell turnover and moisturize skin.
5. Shea Butter
Organic shea butter is a rich emollient packed full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, D, E and F as well as antioxidants and essential fatty acids, to help combat dry skin. A little goes a long way with shea butter.
You can soak feet in a bucket or large bowl (wide enough to fit both feet) and fill with warm water and 1 tbsp of shea butter for 15 minutes. Or you could you massage feet with 1-2 tbsp of shea butter and cover feet with socks(try these heel socks) overnight.