10 Home Remedies to Get Soft Heels

02 January, 2019
Do you have dry, cracked heels? Try any one of these 10 great natural remedies!

The appearance of cracked heels suggest, among other things, a lack of foot care and dehydration. In addition, cracked heels can have consequences as far as health is concerned. Soft heels are more hygienic and can help you avoid some future problems.

Soft vs. cracked heels

Having cracked heels is a problem because this condition mainly affects the outer layer of the skin. However, cracks can penetrate through the dermis and cause severe pain.

Cracked heels are formed when the skin surrounding the heels is dry and receives pressure from your body weight.

This problem is also supposedly caused by a deficiency in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

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Homemade tips for soft heels

Among the best tips for getting soft heels is wearing closed-toed shoes and applying a moisturizing cream on your heels.

If your feet are already dry have cracks in them, however, there are some effective home remedies you can use:

1. Pumice stone and foot bath

  • To have soft feet, you can soak them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes before going to bed.
  • Then, rub your heels with a pumice stone, being careful not to overuse it on the cracked areas.
  • This is how you’ll remove the dead skin cells and get smoother skin.
  • At the end of the 15-20 minutes, you should rinse your feet and dry them. After this, apply a moisturizer and put on socks.

You should repeat this every night.

2. Healthy Oils

A picture of legs and feet with a dark background.

Sometimes, a lack of hydration and dry skin on your heels is the main cause of cracked heels.

Using vegetable oils is a practical and very useful home remedy to hydrate and prevent this dryness.

  • Coconut and olive oil are two good moisturizing remedies.
  • Once you apply the oil, put on some cotton socks so that the oil can work all night while you’re sleeping.

3. Vaseline and lemon juice

Lemon juice and Vaseline act on the skin and help soften hardness and reduce the chances of skin becoming cracked.

  • To use these ingredients properly, you have to immerse your heels in hot salt water for 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Then, dry your feet well and coat your heels with a mixture of lemon juice and Vaseline.
  • Finally, cover your feet with cotton socks and allow the mixture to work all night.

4. Honey, a natural softener

Honey in a glass jar.

Thanks to its beneficial effects, honey can be used as a very effective skin treatment, as it helps to moisturize and soften the skin.

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To take advantage of it, you just need to mix a spoonful of honey with warm water in a bucket and immerse your feet in it.

5. Paraffin treatment

Paraffin is an excellent therapy for soft heels. It’s ideal for treating heels with cracks that cause pain and discomfort.

  • This treatment consists of a mixture of paraffin wax and coconut or mustard oil.
  • Warm both ingredients to a tolerable temperature and apply the mixture to your heel.
  • Afterwards, put on  some socks and keep them on all night.

6. Rice flour scrub

Rice flour in a ceramic container.

  • Prepare a scrub with 2 or 3 tablespoons of rice flour, honey vinegar and apple cider.
  • Soak your feet in warm water to soften the hard skin.
  • Then, apply this exfoliating mixture using circular massages.

7. Oat Scrub

Oats are another natural product with very beneficial effects for the skin on your the heels. In addition to softening them, they help feet look more beautiful.

  • To take advantage of their properties, you should mix a few tablespoons of powdered oats with jojoba oil.
  • Apply the mixture to the affected area by using circular motions, and leave it on for 10 minutes.

8.  Yogurt and honey mixture

This is a yogurt and honey mixture in a bowl.

Another great home remedy against cracked heels is a paste made with yogurt and honey.


  • 1 yogurt (125 g)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (25 g)


  • Combine the yogurt with the honey and apply the mixture on the hard parts of your heels.
  • For best results, repeat this process every night.

9.  Baking soda and oats mixture

You can also get soft heels if you make a paste made of baking soda and oats, and apply it on the affected areas.

10. Castor oil

Castor oil might help you get soft heels.

Finally, castor oil can be very useful for improving the appearance of cracks on your feet, but you shouldn’t apply it to open wounds.

  • To do this, you should soak a wipe or gauze with castor oil.
  • Then, place it on the dry area and keep it attached by means of an adhesive tape.
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