Cracked feet, like congested nose, is another common problem in winter. Lack of moisture in the air makes cracks in the feet or rather heels worse for people of all ages.
Standing for long hours, wearing improper footwear, continuous exposure to the elements, etc., can also cause heel fissures.
The peeling of the skin not only makes it painful as it also begins to bleed; but, at times, it also is an embarrassing situation at a social gathering. Taking little care of cracked feet can also lead to infection.
There are several simple homemade remedies to heal the heel cracks. And here are 10 of them:
1. Use Of A Scrub:
Scrubbing the dead skin with a pumice stone or scrubber during bath or before going to sleep in the night is an effective way of getting rid of cracked heels. Soak your feet in warm water to soften the hard skin, so that scrubbing becomes easier. Apply petroleum jelly or moisturiser in the affected area or wear cotton socks overnight for the cracks to heal.
Thanks to its moisturizing benefits and also the ability to retain it, glycerin is another helpful home agent to cure cracked feet. Apply a mixture of glycerin, lemon juice and rose water on the cracked area of your feet. Do this for about two weeks.
3. Overripe banana:
Yes, overripe banana is very useful in getting rid of feet fissures. Blend one or more overripe bananas to make a thick paste. An avocado can also be added to it and then the paste can be applied on the affected parts of the feet. Wash the feet thoroughly with cold and warm water.
4. Mentholated Ointment:
Apply mentholated cream or rub after cleaning and drying your feet before you retire for the day. Put on socks, so that the effect is more on your feet. Doing this daily will see the rough skin falling off and your feet regaining its flawless look.
5. Epsom Salt:
The magnesium content in Epsom salt improves health of the skin and cleans the body's toxins. Soak your feet in warm water after adding a half cup of Epsom salt into it. Rub your feet with a pumice stone, dry it and apply moisturiser and petroleum jelly.
6. Paraffin Wax:
Paraffin wax can also be used to remove the dead and dry skin and cure cracked feet. Heat some paraffin wax, add some oil - mustard or coconut - and apply this paste on the affected areas. Leave it in that condition overnight and wash your feet thoroughly in the morning. Do this daily for one or more weeks.
7. Coconut Oil:
Applying coconut oil on the cracked areas helps in moisturising it and fights any kind of a fungal and bacterial infection. You can use some coconut water as well after scrubbing and cleaning the feet.
The natural acid in lemon removes the feet's dead skin and makes it appear glowing. Add some lemon juice in warm water and soak your feet in the solution for about 10 minutes. Gently scrub your feet, wash and dry it. Apply a moisturising cream afterwards.
The acetic acid in vinegar softens the skin, helping the process of exfoliation. Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar in two cups of water and soak your feet into it for 10-15 minutes. Then, rub the feet, clean and dry it. Apply a moisturiser or cream after that.