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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.

cracked feet

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.

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96 thoughts on “How to Heal Cracked Feet”

  1. i think we can apply coconut oil also….
    apply coconut oil every night 30 minutes before sleep
    apply it till the heel is repaired

    1. A woman has other obligations in the night towards her husband which take almost 30 minutes.You are too tired after every hectic session to give another 30 mins to your feet when your legs already pain from being in the air. I am sorry for the explicit details but this is the reality.Husbands do not want to do overtime in the morning!

      1. Shilpa Sen,

        Hi, it’s 2013 now. Women are not an object with obligations. We are individuals with equal rights and free will. That’s ignorant to say otherwise. This post is about fixing FEET. Go be inappropriate somewhere else.

        1. I agree. If your husband loves you and knows you are in discomfort he will want you to take care of yourself. Plus I feel more attractive to my husband when my feet are soft and I don’t have to worry about my rough scaly feet touching him during our alone time together.

        2. The point is that whether its marital duties, housework or other things, we all lead busy lives. Putting aside 30 minutes just for some light cracks on heels often has to give way to other priorities. It does seem like a lot of work for a few cracks on the heels. I prefer an easier and quicker method such as applying some cream or filing dead skin.

      2. Instead of keeping your legs and feet in the air and enduring that indignity try getting on all fours whilst spreading knees as far as possible all while reaching back and massaging lotion on feet and killing two birds with one stone.

      3. Shilpa – move into the 21st century – “Women” do not have “obligations” – seriously … take care of yourself – and that was far from explicit … I think however you may want to seek some counseling for your “lonely housewife” life and realize that women can be independent, like others on here, this type of post is not welcome.

        1. Maybe Shilpa is from the 22 century when men have put down the female rebellion and women are again required to please their men? 🙂

          1. I agree with these other girls but I could say I’m like her too and Andrew.. you sound like my boyfriend. his name just so happens to be Andrew as well..

        2. Do you, and so many others here, not understand that each spouse has 100% obligation to the other? That’s what makes a marriage the best possible. Instead of demanding and struggling so hard to be separately yourself, try being married by giving yourself 100% to your spouse – regardless of how they respond. Instead of fighting fearfully to retain your ‘self’.. freely give your self away to them – with no strings and no concerns except for how to do it even better and more. The more you do this, the more you have a marriage and the more you’ll want to give your self away. The less you do it, the more you have a roomate, and the chilly struggles will continue. I didn’t make this up.

      4. Shilpa,
        If this is the nature of your relationship, and you choose to submit to your husband in a traditional way, who are we to judge? That said, maybe it would be easier to set aside some time during the day to tend to your feet. You are worth it.

      5. Hey I’m a 47 year African American Male who is very Active with my wife. And I would like to be intimate daily however , If my wife is having a health issue her health is more important than my physical pleasure or lack of self control. Get this Husband if your wife is happy and healthy it’s money in the Bank happy wife happy Life !

      6. Get your man to massage your feet with coconut oil, never know he might like it ^_~ mine has never complained (or you can do it beforehand it takes l less than a minute to apply ) and if your legs hurt off being “in the air” you may want to get them checked as its your hips that would be doing any work ^_^

        *sorry if that is to explicit for anyone*

        1. Anne, I think this is a great answer 🙂 I was just about to suggest the same thing 🙂 In fact i have done it with my partner… It’s actually a really nice thing to do. From my point of view I hate to see my partner in pain and it’s so nice to be able to do something for her that will from a health point of view make her feel better, but more than that it’s a chance to feel a really nice connection… Massaging her feet can also be so sensual and erotic. So it can be a lot of things. Just something nice you do for your partner because it feels good for them. Something you do to help them with a problem that is not so easy to take care of themselves (feet are a long way from your hands ;-)) Or something that is sensual and erotic that can lead to an amazing night of passion 😉 Shilpa Sen… That way you can fulfil your obligation to each other 🙂 Again Love you comment Anne 🙂

      7. If you are unable to take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others. I am confident that your significant other would rather have you on top of your game than letting yourself become less adequate do to medical care, no matter how small it may seem.

      8. You’ve got to be kidding! . I have terrible pain,bleeding cracks in my feet. If the husband can’t do without his nightly dose of cookie because you are in pain,something is very wrong with this picture. HALARIOUS!

      9. Girl child, haven’t you heard of “just a little, lovin’ early in the morning…better than coffee for starting off the day.”

        Take care of your feet before bed.

  2. All the above remedies seem really good for cracked feet, I would also like to add that The organic Shea butter also does wonders on cracked feet… Instead of any moisturizer use the 100% unrefined organic Shea butter and u will find your feet hands and legs really silky and smooth.

  3. My wife has dry feet and what I do is have her get on all fours for porking. While porking,I keep a bottle of moisturizer on her ass…..right next to the ash tray.

  4. This is one of the funniest threads I’ve ever read. I read it to my wife and got a great Sunday morning belly laugh out of this. I went hunting for ways to solve her cracked feet and I found out that lots of “feet in the air” and “on all fours” sex seems to cure it based on this thread. I don’t smoke Mark so do you recommend any other place setting for the other cheek?

    My wife is dying laughing while I type this. Thanks for the humor guys!

  5. My wife’s feet smell like vinegar and looks like dried up crunchy bagels. Any remedys for this? Its affecting my sex life.

  6. I resent you are saying this is from improper foot care, I have been fighting this problem continually for years. I have been using every known foot cream and/or prescriptions daily, up to three times a day. My husband made a comment recently that I acted like I had athletes foot, after seeing podiatrists forever. I started using athletes foot cream, and low and behold, it is finally clearing up. I have what is a know as moccasin foot. And it is finally, healing!! Don’t blame it all on improper foot care.,

  7. I tried some of these foot care to my boyfriend(soaking, scrubbing, rinse and put moisturizer then foot massage) he likes it very much..its a good bonding for us also..

  8. What you have is Candida overgrowth. Look up how to treat this. I used a product called Can del it helped me. Read up on candida overgrowth. Treat that and start taking probiotics religiously as well as staying away from sugar. I say this because when you mentioned you used athlete’s foot cream and it cleared up. That is a sure sign if candida overgrowth. Good luck! !

  9. I agree with mr. Doug, the funniest thread I ever read. Thanx for making me laugh. I wonder my feet will be cured or not but my laughter is cracked out

  10. When you talk about drinking with moderation , I guess it depends how serious is your feet problem. Hi! Hi! Today I will certainly take 1 because I already feel a lot better..

  11. The beer I drank that cured my dried and cracked foot is called Harbin and made of barley. It contains vitamin B6 AND B2. Of course, you shouldn t dring more than one a day. And if you are still awaiting moderation go to hell!!

  12. the best cure for this is get a coconut virgin oil spread it all over your feet then wrap it with food plastic wrap and wear a cotton sock go to bed for overnight next day wash your feet with a hot water dry it very well again spread coconut virgin oil wrap your feet with plastic food wrap wear a cotton sock go to your work when you came back wash your feet do the same thing in few days or weeks you will be 100 percent fine

  13. another home remedy,mix tobacco dried leaves and mehndi in boiling water ,cool apply this paste 2 or 3 times it has an amazing effects

  14. Traditionally Raw kokum butter is applied that cures cracks on feet. It takes 2 minutes to rub the butter or apply its oil made by heating butter. Try it.

  15. Rub sausages on your feet; preferably pork for aprox 3 hours. Once you’ve done that soak just your toes in Dr Pepper until the liquid turns clear. Then before bed Sellotape a Greek yogurt to your face and rinse off in the morning. It can be a bit of a chore performing this routine every night before bed, but stick with it – within a decade you will have feet like Bilbo Baggins!

    1. James maybe thats what you did that time to get rid of it. But, thats not what I am going to try. Lol, I highly doubt rubbing sausages on your feet will help. And, waiting for Dr. Pepper to turn clear would never happen. And, putting yogurt on your face has nothing to do with feet. Because, you never know people may end of trying that. It was a good laugh though.

  16. You leave out an important home remedy. Look at the contents list all the “intensive foot moisturizing creams”; what do you see as an active ingredient? Urea. Where can you get urea? Urine. Cuban drummers have known about this way to prevent hand calluses for centuries Just make sure that you wash your hands afterwards…

  17. Is what I do I soak my feet for 20 minutes and warm soapy water now then use pumice stone then I clean my feet again with soap and water and this might sound strange but I take Vaseline and I smear it all over my feet then I take plastic bag and wrap them around my feet and put socks on and then I walk around on my moccasins and then normally after about a half an hour the Vaseline finally starts rub it in take it off wipe your feet off and put regular lotion on it do it on a daily basis for about a week and your feet will be looking good hope this helps

  18. This is a thread for cracked feet not a scene for a talk about things that should stay in the room. If you want that kind of talk get out and go to another thread!

    1. Just passed an amusing ten minutes – we all must get a life… I really have cracked feet and was just looking at ways to solve the problem. Now I realise I need to seek pleasure and all will be fine.

  19. I looked here for remedies to cure my feet and end up reading sex stories!! Thanks for the pointers and the laugh session!!

  20. With the epson salt if you don’t wash your feet off with fresh water it’ll make it worse it the salt dried out my feet that’s when it really started cracking bad

  21. Looking to fix my feet. Sex=nice feet! I laughed all thru this thread. I am going to try the coconut oil and plastic when I am finished laughing.

  22. Ok back to the women that says we have no obligations and living in the time of free will. FYI are y’all mothers because y’all have no idea what time and effort it takes to keep a family rolling and in my days it’s nothing about women like that. You are to be there for everyone and just plz try and do that and tell me if you feel like taking some me time. I takes more than you thinking life is a fairy tale cause women that stay home have way more rounded about family’s then the ones that choose to stay away cause of the work it’s easier to go to work. Be a women and take charge of your family, kids today don’t need working parents that have no time for them. Take care of that man you married and make it a home he loves coming back too. Short the conversation the bottom line is moms have no free time just have a family then talk to me plz.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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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