Cracked heels may also be referred to as heel fissures and this is a very common problem. In most cases, this is purely a cosmetic issue that does not cause any health problems. However, in severe cases, these cracks can get very deep and when you walk or stand this can cause some pain and discomfort.
Cracked heels can result from a number of issues from dry skin to systemic medical conditions like hypothyroidism and diabetes. There are many things you can do at home to help alleviate cracked heels and improve the overall health of your skin.
GLYCERIN AND ROSEWATER
Glycerin is a highly effective moisturizer and rose water helps to increase the moisturizing effects. Create a foot soak with the following:
- Enough warm water to soak your feet
- Juice from half a lemon
- One teaspoon of salt
- One-fourth part glycerin
- Three-fourth part rosewater
Soak your feet in the mixture for about 20 minutes and then take a pumice stone to gently rub the feet to remove dead skin cells. Pat your feet dry and apply a thick moisturizer.
Oils are natural moisturizers and several of them are especially effective for thick, cracked heels. Mixing a variety of moisturizing oils helps to increase the speed at which the heels soften. Massage your heels with a mixture of the following oils:
- Almond oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Sesame oil
Take about 10 minutes to thoroughly massage your feet, paying the most attention to your heels and other cracked areas. After you massage the oils in put on a pair of thick cotton socks so that the oils continue to go to work. It is best to do this right before bed so that the oils work as you sleep.