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What are the Best Remedies for Cracked Heels?


Dry heels are not only distinctly uncomfortable they can actually cause plenty of embarrassment in social circles. What is more, letting the problem of dry heels persist without treatment may lead to cracks developing on the skin. At the worst, these cracks can become very painful, start bleeding and even lead to very serious infection.

As such, you need to keep your heels smooth and watch out against any signs of drying, cracks, and calluses developing. This guide will help you do all these and do it without endangering the health of your feet.

There are many remedies being peddled about, ostensibly capable of helping you get rid of calluses once and for all. However, these are often unproven and in certain cases can make your calluses even worse. What you really need are natural methods of removing calluses on feet, especially the stubborn ones on the heel area.

Remedies For Cracked Heels

1. Scrubbing

The main reason behind your heels looking rough and blackened is the accumulation of dead skin in layers on the heels. Sometimes dust is also present there, filled inside the cracks causing the pain.

Therefore, scrubbing the hard, dead skin and removing it layer by layer makes way for new skin to cover the area faster.  Yes, you don’t have to scrub too hard as it will hurt badly, but moderately rubbing the skin will gradually clean the foot by removing the dead skin cells.

Scrubbing has to be done in a proper and cautious manner if you really want to let it work as one of the home remedies for cracked heels because if done in the wrong way, the outputs may reverse completely. The first step in scrubbing is making your skin soft and loose. To loosen the skin, soak your feet in lukewarm water for a few minutes. After doing so, scrub your feet gently with a scrubber.

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Mix some liquid soap in a tub filled with warm water; soak your feet in this solution. Then use a pumice stone to rub off the dead skin. Wash and rub your feet with a soft towel. You can also apply a good quality moisturizer to give moisturization to your feet. Scrub your feet once or twice every week and even if your heels are perfectly fine, try to take out some time and clear the heels once every month to prevent future cracks.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the universal remedy for all skin ailments as well as internal health problems. Coconut oil among all other oils is the best moisturizer, an effective infection healer, and also one of the best home remedies for cracked heels. It can effectively treat dry and cracked feet and be a natural home remedy for dry feet.

It moisturizes your feet and hence saves them from further cracking. Coconut oil also fights fungal and bacterial infections, due to the antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties present in it. In fact, this is the only oil that has infection-fighting abilities and also has a moisturizing effect on the skin.

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Using coconut oil as one of the home remedies for cracked heels is extremely easy. In fact, it is the easiest to get and even easy to use. Before going to sleep, soak your feet in warm water and scrub with a pumice stone. After drying them thoroughly apply coconut oil swiftly and seal the moisture with a pair of cotton socks for the night.

Repeat the same until you get relief in pain and the cracks in your heels vanish. You can also apply it during the daytime if you are planning to stay at home as keeping coconut oil on 24*7 will enhance the healing unbelievably.

3. Mentholated rub

One of the most popular methods to treat cracked heels is mentholated rubbing. It contains all the essential oils necessary for healing the skin cracked and moisturizing it for a longer time. It is also helpful in dealing with heal toenail fungus.

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Although you should not apply it in excess, or for a longer duration of time, as far as cracked heels are concerned, the skin of your feet is relatively hard and hence you can use a good mentholated rub.

Mentholated rubs are considered as good home remedies for cracked heels for those who have developed really bad cracks or by not responding on time have let them grow deeper into the skin. In these cases, we need to use quick healing methods like mentholated rubs.

4. Vapor Rub

All you need to do is apply some mentholated rub like Vicks on clean and dry feet before going to bed. The next morning wash your feet with lukewarm water and rub them with a rough towel to peel off the dead skin. This natural home remedy for dry feet will be very soothing to you.

The smell is something you will not love very much, but yes, the action will make you fall in love with mentholated rubs as home remedies for cracked heels.

5. Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is yet another effective natural home remedy for dry feet to treat cracked heels. Whether your feet have been rough for a few days or you have had this problem for years, paraffin wax is all you need to get the soft and beautiful heels back.

It will also work as a natural emollient to soften the skin and retain the natural oils on the skin. Using paraffin wax as one of their home remedies for cracked heels is also very easy as well as extremely convenient.

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Heat a small amount of paraffin wax in a microwave, or some other heating equipment. Then add an equal amount of mustard oil or coconut oil to the heated wax. Apply this on your cracked heels after making a thick paste by mixing the two properly.

Let it stay there overnight and wash your feet in the morning. Make sure you do not apply the extremely hot wax as it may lead to the burning of your skin. Either take the wax only when it is moderately hot or try applying only a thin layer first to be on the safer side.

6. Glycerin

Glycerin is my favorite because of the mild fragrance it has. And medicinally also, this transparent liquid has a lot in store for your skin. From eye infection to cracked feet, glycerin has its use in all infection-related ailments. Due to its amazing moisturizing properties, glycerin works as one of the great natural home remedies for cracked heels.

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Particularly if your skin is too dry, you can count on methods like glycerin instead of using vinegar or lemon. Yes, we will talk about these two, but if your skin is dry, prefer using glycerin over all the other home remedies for cracked heels.

Simply apply glycerin regularly on the cracked heels before going to bed. You can add coconut oil or lemon juice to increase its effectiveness. Take the two of them in equal parts, mix well and then apply it on your feet for twenty minutes or overnight. The results will be surprisingly beneficial as you will start the cracked heels recovering from the first day of application itself.

7. Vinegar

Vinegar can also be used to treat cracked feet as the acetic acid in the vinegar helps soften the skin which in turn makes exfoliation easier and appears to be a great natural home remedy for dry feet. All types of vinegar can be used as home remedies for cracked heels.

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Vinegar is extremely good for your skin health, and they are also the best natural way to get rid of minor acne on your face or neck. People have baths in water treated with vinegar once in a while to avoid skin problems. You can do that too if your skin is not excessively dry. First, let us see how you can use vinegar as one of the home remedies for cracked heels.

Vinegar foot soaks are also beneficial for tired feet. Mix one-half to one cup of white or apple cider vinegar in two cups of water. Soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes and then slough off the dead, dry skin with a pumice stone or foot scrubber. After washing and drying your feet, once again seal the moisture with the help of a good moisturizer (preferably natural).

8 .Lemon

You might have heard about the health benefits of lemon and lemon juice, but have you ever tried it on your skin. Lemon juice is as good for your skin as it is for your immunity and health. Internal consumption brings a glow to your skin and its external application helps you in fighting acne, skin infections, and also cracked heels.

Lemon juice has a very mild natural acidic property that can help get rid of dead and dry skin cells from your feet, making it one of the very effective natural home remedies for cracked heels.

Lemon juice also makes your skin soft and beautiful without bringing it in contact with harmful chemicals. Using lemon juice as one of the home remedies for cracked heels is also quite easy.

You just have to add some lemon juice to warm water. Soak your feet in this solution for about 10 minutes, or till the water loses all its heat. Gently scrub your feet with a soft foot brush. Wash and dry your feet completely and then apply some moisturizer. You will find a natural alternative to moisturizers in the list of home remedies for cracked heels in a short while.

9. Epsom salt

Whenever we are talking about any problem related to skin, Epsom salt is inevitable. In fact, these days, many researchers have also recommended the same for relieving stress and tension. So, whether it is body pain, or skin issues, or even mental problems, Epsom salt is of great use.

Right now we will tell you the benefits of using Epsom salt as one of the home remedies for cracked heels. Epsom facilitates the process of healing cracked feet as it promotes circulation and proves to be one of the best natural home remedies for cracked heels.

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In addition to improving circulation, the magnesium present in Epsom salt promotes skin health and draws out toxins. It makes your cracked skin smooth and shiny, and this is applicable for skin under your feet as well. All you need to avail these benefits is to add Epsom salt to a tub of water and soak your feet in the solution for about half an hour.

Doing so will eliminate the chances of any infection occurring in the already cracked heels. Alternatively, you can have occasional baths in water treated with Epsom salt. This will relax your body, brain as well as muscles, and of course is going to be great if you have developed cracked heels.

10. Vegetable oil

Vegetable oils are excellent home remedies for cracked heels because they can heal the current cracks and also prevent new ones to develop on your heels making them a potent natural home remedy for dry feet. Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, or any other hydrogenated vegetable oil will be good enough to resolve the purpose.

For best results, use this natural home remedy for dry feet before going to bed and let the oil stay on your heels to avail of maximum benefit. This time will be more than enough for the oil to fully penetrate your skin and do its work.

11. Indian lilac

Indian lilac, also known as margosa or neem tree is a medicinal tree that has an unbelievable number of medicinal uses. And not today, but every part of this magical tree has been used by mankind for healing purposes. Those who have some knowledge about nature and natural cures might tell you the power and position of neem trees in the list of healing herbs.

Indian lilac also is one of the very effective home remedies for cracked heels due to its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory action. Cracked heels alone are quite painful, and then occur some microbial growths in the crack opened skin. It will actually pain like a deep wound, so better you take care of the open skin as it is an invitation to many types of infections.

For those who have ever used neem or Indian lilac for any purpose it won’t be difficult to believe or trust Indian lilac as one of the home remedies for cracked heels, and if you are new to herbal healing, using it twice will give you results and then you will also be convinced with the power of the healing tree.

12. Neem leaves for cracked heels

If your cracked feet have become itchy or they have developed some type of infection, you should use a paste made by neem leaves. Its excellent medicinal properties kill bacteria, heal wounds very fast. After applying the paste, allow the paste to stay on the cracked heels for a few minutes and then wash off with cold water.

Apply coconut oil immediately as the paste of Indian lilac leaves may make the skin a bit dry, and you know dryness is not good for cracked heels. So, this is the only precaution you have to take while using Indian lilac as one of the home remedies for cracked heels.

Tips to Avoid Getting Dry Heels and Calluses

In many cases, dry heels and calluses are caused by a lack of moisture but that is not the sole reason. You can be certain your feet will remain free from dry heels by following the following tips:

  • Avoid wearing sandals and flip-flops unless when necessary
  • Do not stand or walk on hard floors for extended periods of time
  • Keep your body weight in check
  • Avoid exposing your feet to very cold weather or climatic conditions
  • Do not use too hot water in the bath or shower


Your feet are very important parts of your body yet they often receive very little attention. Take time to take care of the soles of your feet daily and you will never have to worry about calluses or dry heels. If the worst comes to the worst, the fast solutions shared in this guide should suffice to help you get back your silky smooth, and lovely feet.

Dr Christine Nolan is the CEO and founder of Footdiagnosis.com. She also has extensive clinical experience and is therefore uniquely qualified to detect and manage diseases of the lower extremities including those related to peripheral arterial disease and diabetes.