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Video:Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

with Angela Dawn

Cracked heels are unattractive and can be painful, but simple home remedies can treat them. Here are some home remedies for cracked heels that will help your feet look and feel better.See Transcript

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Transcript:Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Hi, this is Angela with About.com, and today I'm going to show you some home remedies for cracked heels. Cracked heels are medically known as heel fissures. They are unattractive, as well as very painful.

Soak Your Feet for Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Before applying a home remedy for cracked heels, wash your feet with warm water and an antibacterial soap and scrub with a small brush. Soaking your feet will soften the dead skin on your heels. Soaking your feet in lemon juice for about 10 minutes at least once a week will help cracked heels heal faster and provide relief. You can soak your feet in vinegar as well.

Wet a cloth big enough to cover your problem area and tape the cloth to your feet and let sit overnight. Also, try alternating a foot bath with hot and cold water. This promotes circulation and is comforting.

Exfoliate for Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

To exfoliate, first soften your heels by soaking. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a basin of warm or luke warm water. You can also make a paste out of three parts baking soda and one part water. Massage into your cracked heels. You should avoid peeling away at the loose dead skin. This may cause bleeding. To get rid of dead skin cells, you can use a pumice stone, or use a foot brush while in the shower.  After you get out of the shower and your feet are good and dry use a square nail block to buff your feet even smoother.

Apply a Foot Mask for Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Make a paste with oatmeal and jojoba oil. These two ingredients offer major moisturizing properties. Apply the paste to the entire foot, paying close attention to the heels. Let the mixture soak on your feet up to 30 minutes. Then rinse with cool water and pat your feet dry. Melt paraffin wax and mix with a little mustard oil and apply to your cracked heels before you go to bed and cover with a pair of socks. You can also use papaya and pineapple to make a mask. Both contain a ton of plant enzymes with organic alpha-hydroxy substitutes.

Moisturize for a Home Remedy for Cracked Heels

Glycerin and rosewater can be helpful to get rid of cracked heels and soften them. Lanolin works as well. It is sold as nipple cream for breast-feeding mothers. Put on white socks and wait about 20 minutes or so or you can wear them overnight.

Massage Your Feet for Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Massage your feet focusing using pressure on the pressure points. This is one of the best remedies for cracked heels.

Wear Properly Fitted Shoes for Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Wear fitting shoes. You don't want your heels to hang out the back of your shoes. This will create calluses and promote cracked heels. Don't wear shoes that are too tight as well. This will create friction and will rub your feet raw and make sore. Athlete's foot, psoriasis, eczema, thyroid disease, diabetes and some other skin conditions may also cause cracked heels. When home remedies do not cure cracked heels, it is wise to make an appointment with your physician especially if your feet become infected or bleed.

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