Dryness in most parts of the body can be managed. But it may become chronic in feet as there are no sweat glands in our skin feet like everywhere else. The problem is worse among the seniors and the diabetics. In most people, cracked feet heal fast. But for the diabetics and the seniors, dryness in their heels tend to ulcerate. Their blood vessels repair slowly. So, the ulcerated heels crack further, attracting bacteria leading to infections. It is more than a mere cosmetic problem.
The below suggestions can help treat your cracked heels:
Inculcate a healthy habit: Clean and moisturise your feet regularly. It is an effective cure for cracked heels.
Healing Mixture– Squeeze out juice from a lemon and mix one teaspoon of petroleum jelly in it. Apply this to the affected areas of the feet till it is completely absorbed. The oil in it will soften cracked heels.
Exfoliate– You should avoid hard exfoliating scrubs. Make your own natural exfoliating scrub instead.
- First, grind 10-15 gms of coarse rice flour
- Add honey and apple cider vinegar to it to get a thick paste. If your cracks are very deep, add a teaspoon of olive oil or almond oil.
- Soak your feet in warm water or lime water for 20 minutes.
- Then apply the paste and massage gently.
The vinegar dissolves the dead skin and the rice flour can slough off the hard layer of dead skin. Honey and olive oil act as natural moisturizers that prevent further cracking.
- Night Remedy: Mix mustard oil with melted paraffin wax to apply on the affected areas. Wear a pair of socks to avoid soiling your bed sheets. Rinse it off in the morning. Apply it regularly to get desirable results.
- Day-end care: Add liquid soap to warm water and soak your feet in it for about 15 minutes. Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Simple care: Soak your feet in lemon juice for about 10 minutes. Lemon juice can act as a mild acid, and aid in dissolving dead skin naturally. Scrub gently with a loofah and apply ripe banana pulp on the cracked heels.