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How to Heal Cracked Feet

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Cracked feet, also known as heel fissures, are a common problem for people of all ages, mostly caused by lack of moisture.

Other causes include, standing for long hours, using harsh soaps, cold weather, continuous exposure to water, being overweight, and wearing improper footwear. Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, thyroid disease and diabetes can also contribute to this problem.

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Some of the signs and symptoms of cracked feet are red or flaky patches, peeling skin, itchiness, bleeding from the cracks and pain.

Cracked feet look unattractive and, in some cases can lead to infection and extreme pain. The problem can be taken care of with some simple home remedies.

how to heal crack feet

Here are the top 10 ways to heal cracked feet.


1. Scrubbing

Scrubbing the hard, dead skin away helps a great deal in getting rid of cracked feet. Before scrubbing, soak your feet in warm soapy water to help soften the skin and make it easier to scrub.

  1. Before going to bed, mix some liquid soap in a foot tub filled with warm water.
  2. Soak your feet in this warm soapy water for about 20 minutes.
  3. Use a pumice stone to gently scrub off the loosened dead skin cells.
  4. Rinse off your feet with clean water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  5. Apply some foot cream or moisturizer and wear a pair of clean cotton socks overnight.
  6. Follow this remedy daily until your cracked feet are healed completely.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another incredible remedy for dry, cracked feet. It helps moisturize your feet and also fights fungal and bacterial infections, thanks to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

  1. Before going to sleep, soak your feet in warm water and scrub with a loofah.
  2. Dry your feet thoroughly and then apply coconut oil generously on your feet.
  3. Put on a pair of clean, cotton socks for the night.
  4. The next morning, remove the socks and wash your feet.
  5. Do this daily for several days until you are satisfied with the results.

You can also use olive oil in the same way.

3. Mentholated Rub

This is another popular home remedy for cracked heels because of the many essential oils that it contains. It also helps heal toenail fungus.

  1. Apply some mentholated rub on clean, dry feet before going to bed.
  2. Put on a pair of socks and leave it on overnight.
  3. The next morning, remove your socks and wash your feet with warm water.
  4. Repeat daily for a few days until the rough skin peels off.

4. Paraffin Wax

You can also use paraffin wax to remove the dead, dry skin and cure cracked feet. It will also work as a natural emollient to soften the skin and retain the natural oils on the skin.

  1. Heat some paraffin wax in a microwave or double-boiler and add an equal amount of mustard oil or coconut oil to it.
  2. Apply this thick creamy paste on the cracks and put on a pair of socks.
  3. Leave it on overnight and wash your feet thoroughly in the morning.
  4. Follow this remedy daily for one or two weeks.

5. Glycerin

Due to its moisturizing and humectant properties, glycerin works as a great remedy to get rid of cracked feet.

glycerin to heal cracked feet

  1. Make a mixture of equal parts of glycerin and lemon juice. You can also add some rose water.
  2. Apply it on your feet.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with water.
  4. Follow this remedy daily for about two weeks.

6. Epsom Salt

heal cracked feet with epsom salt soak

Epsom facilitates the process of healing cracked feet as it promotes circulation. Plus, the magnesium in Epsom salt promotes skin health and draws out toxins.

  1. Add one-half cup of Epsom salt in a foot tub filled with warm water.
  2. Soak your feet in it for 10 minutes.
  3. Gently rub your feet with a pumice stone for a few minutes.
  4. Put your feet back in the Epsom salt soak for another 10 minutes.
  5. Finally, dry your feet thoroughly and apply a moisturizer or petroleum jelly.
  6. Repeat daily for two or three days.

How to Heal Cracked Feet was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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96 thoughts on “How to Heal Cracked Feet”

  1. I have an underactive thyroid and in result of it I have dry feet and peeling skin and a mild fungus Infection in my toe nails iv try everything from pharmacy to home remedies and nothing has worked iv used a stone left over night also and I have done this for many years now and just find my self hiding my feet I’d love to be able to ware some open foot ware this summer any other remedy that could help me thankyou

  2. Love how this went from removing dead skin to a girl who wants to tell the world that her husband lasts 30 minutes in bed now all we need is a feminist to make it a party.

  3. I live at the beach and always wear flip flops. My feet dry out and crack badly, so much so, that I can barely walk. I found a very good solution, soak feet in warm water with ACV and alcohol twice a week, for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then after my feet have softened up, I use a 3 1/2 inch, 80 grit, grinder wheel sanding pad (buy at Home Depot) to sand off the built up dry skin around the area where my feet are cracked (usually the heels). Then I dip them back in the foot bath to rinse. I dry off my feet and they instantly feel and look better, the deep parts of the cracks dry up and heal after the treatment. I am still working on my feet but they are eighty percent better in just three weeks.

  4. For feets sake, nice feet are the sexiest thing ever. Take care of them and let the rest of your body go to the dogs lol. You’ll have plenty of time then. For those of you who took the foot remedies seriously, great. For those of you who took the downtrodden wife stuff seriously, get a life bahahaha. Shilpa could always rub coconut oil on his willy, and let him finish the job off by himself while she attends to her feet. I sincerely hope she doesn’t ignore other importsnt stuff like showering, watching tele, and eating desert because of him bahahahahahahahaha.

  5. What cracks me up is how instead of just letting it be, everyone jumped on her because her relationship did not meet their own standards. So instead of assuming she is happy, they all told her how sad it is and she needs a new man. People are really self centered at times. I am a feminist, so I am here to get the party started! Feminist lady say………… as long as she is not hurting anyone she is allowed to chose any man and any role she chooses as long as she is happy and healthy. Feminism is about supporting women, not bashing them. If they want to be a housewife, good. If they want to stay single forever, good. It does not matter as long as she is happy, healthy, and not hurting anyone. Be who you chose to be because you chose it. Feminism is not about hating tradition or men. We just want equal opportunity. We do not think men are dumb animals that are slaves to desire, and we do not think women are the weaker sex. Equality means equality for both men and women, and not bashing them for the life they chose, and helping them if they need it. Do not be so quick to judge. You aren’t perfect either. Support, don’t judge.

  6. Couldn’t agree more with you feminist. Everybody has rights and opinions and they should be respected. Heres how i approached the problem.

    My missus suffered from cracked feet for years so i had to let her go, unfortunatey. It might seem a bit heartless but the pain was interfering with my bedroom requirements and it had become a serious issue. Now I’ve found a lovely lass with beautiful, supple skin who is more than happy to hoist her feet in the air for as long as it takes.
    To all the men out there. Forget about remedies and simply let her go. Best thing I ever did.

  7. my name is marti morrison and i have deep open sores on my feet and heels some time some of them close up but the other one on my heels dont some time i cant walk at all on my feet my foot docter gives me mmedison for my feet but it not working i also usE EPSOM SALT and they feel better for about 2 hours then i cant walk again what do i do pless help

  8. Dear Folks, I have been suffering for many years trying to conquer my extremely dry cracked feet with home remedies . Didn’t want to take pills etc. Every step the skin on my feet cracked more. Painful, staggering itchiness. Horrible. I actually hobbled along.Recently I put saliscystic acid on my feet (I wanted an antiseptic ). I am telling you right now, go buy some in the skin care aisle. OVERNIGHT there was a marked improvement. 3 weeks into applying daily 80% of the dry skin is GONE. Pink nice skin coming back. I thought I had to live with this forever. Please just try it. It worked for me and I had a very bad case of dry, huge thick flakey peeling skin. Straight saliscystic acid and rub it in, (usually 2% or higher if you can find it). Hopefully this helps you too. Haven’t seen this home remedy anywhere. Best of luck!

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