How to Get Rid of Cracked Heels

Fissures on the heels and pads of the toes are indications of lack of attention to the feet. The thick skin on the underside of the feet also produces some amount of sebum which serves to keep the skin smooth. With age, the skin produces less sebum and that is why fissured heels are more common in elders than in young people. With excessive weight gain, the skin is forced to stretch to support the weight and hence cracked heels become worse with increase in weight. Cracked heels are also a sign of zinc and omega 3 fat deficiencies.


Cracked heels start off as hairline cracks which if left untreated, deepen into fissures which extend into the lower layer of skin. Dust and dirt settle into the cracks and the cracks expand and extend. With the onset of winter, these cracks may worsen and start bleeding and become painful.


Cure for cracked heels


Soak feet in Luke warm water and use a soft brush to clean the fissures. Remove dead skin with a pumice stone. Let feet dry completely. Apply any of the following pastes to your feet for at least a week continuously to prevent drying of feet and keeps it healthy and fresh looking.


  1. Mix a spoon of turmeric powder in coconut oil and apply over the heels. Wear a pair of cotton socks overnight to let the oil soak in. This is a good way to treat the damaged heels.

  2. Mix pulp of a ripe banana to two spoons of thick coconut milk and apply on cracked heels to heal them and make them healthy and smooth.

  3. Use a mixture of equal quantities of rose water and glycerine and apply over heels over night

  4. Mix a spoonful of Vaseline with the juice of a lemon and apply overnight on deeply cracked heels. The lemon juice helps dislodge dead skin while Vaseline softens the thick skin on the heels.

  5. A paste of mint leaves and lemon juice is effective to soothe the burning sensation on cracked heels. It makes the heals smooth and supple.

  6. A weekly foot treatment of soaking feet in Luke warm water to which a few drops of olive oil has been added is effective on cracked heels.

  7. A mixture of Shea butter and lanolin is very effective on cracks which worsen in winter. The cream soothes and moisturises tired feet making it soft and smooth.

  8. The pulp of coconut has been traditionally used in tropical countries to cure cracked heels since coconut flesh contains the vitamins and oils required to repair cracked heels preventing infection and pain.

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