Treatments to Soothe Cracked Heels in a Few Days

24 January, 2019
To have healthy heels, it’s important to remember to exfoliate the dead skin cells before applying any treatments so they’ll be better able to penetrate the skin.

Cracked heels are a clear sign of neglected, dry feet. There are a few different health conditions that can cause this problem, but generally, it’s the result of wearing open sandals or walking around barefoot. Learn how to soothe cracked heels with these easy home remedies!

The medical term for this condition is known as a “heel fissure.” It’s characterized by a cracked, dry surface that comprises the epidermis and even the dermis, in some cases, causing severe pain. If left unattended, a Chicago research group found that heel fissure can increase the risk of infection and fungus in the feet.

Like many other feet problems, a lot of people tend to ignore it until it progresses to the more extreme stages where damage to the skin is very evident, and accompanying symptoms have also begun to appear. The skin in the affected areas can become so damaged that can start presenting hyperkeratosis, as reported by a Swedish research group. Although keratin is a natural skin component, hyperkeratosis is when the skin develops an excessive amount and can be unsightly and alter the epidermis’ surface.

The good news is that there are many ways to treat this problem that will improve how your feet look, as well as your overall quality of life. Are you suffering from this condition right now?

How to soothe cracked heels

Foot Soak

Foot soak to relieve tired feet

Foot soaks will soothe cracked heels because they soften the skin, relax the muscles and can even fight infection and fungus. The key, as with a lot of home remedies, is patience.

Every night before you go to bed, soak your feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes, and then gently rub them with a pumice stone while avoiding adding injury to the areas that are already cracked.

The goal is to gently loosen the dead skin cells, which are forming most of the hardened areas and causing dryness.

Finally, rinse your feet, apply a good moisturizer, and wear socks to bed to keep them hydrated during the night.

You should repeat this treatment every day until your condition improves. Still, once you’ve gotten rid of your cracked heels you should still soak your feet on a regular basis as a preventative measure.

Want to know more? Read: Tips for Relieving Tired Feet

Avocado and banana cream

This banana and avocado cream will smooth and hydrate your skin, as well as fight the hardness and dryness that’s causing your heels to crack.


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana

How do you make it?

First, mash both ingredients together until they form a paste, and apply it like a mask to your heels. Then, wrap your feet in plastic wrap for 30 minutes, and rinse well with warm water. Finally, apply lotion and then put on socks.

For the best results, do this every day or at least three times a week.

Lemon scrub

Lemon scrub to exfoliate dead cells
This natural treatment exfoliates dead skin cells and softens the rough skin on your heels.

If you have severe cracking on your heels it’s not recommended that you use this, because the acidic nature of the lemon can cause it to burn. If, on the other hand, you have mild dryness, this a good scrub for you!


  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

How do you make it?

First, make a paste using these two ingredients and dampen your feet with warm water. Then, using gentle circular motions, rub this scrub on the affected areas of your heels. Finally, leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Repeat this three times a week to see the best results.

Coconut oil

This natural oil has a lot of benefits for skin care, particularly when it comes to the feet.

The antibacterial properties of coconut oil help fight foot fungus and the bacteria responsible for causing odors and athlete’s foot. Moreso, thanks to its excellent moisturizing ability, this is considered to be a great way to soothe cracked heels, regenerate the skin, and eliminate calluses.

What should you do?

Apply a good amount of coconut oil on the affected areas and rub it in thoroughly. Ideally, you should repeat this treatment two times a day, every day.

Cocoa butter

Cacao butter is great to soothe skin
Like coconut oil, cocoa butter is a great aid for skin care and helps repair it and alleviate dryness. It tracks moisture in while also guarding your feet of mild bacterial infections. On the other hand, it also smells delicious!

What should you do?

Buy a high-quality cocoa butter in any herbal store or pharmacy and apply it to your dry heels every night before going to bed.

Also read: How to Make a Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E Hand Cream

Extra tips to soothe cracked heels

Any of the above remedies can help relieve cracked heels if you use them on a regular basis.

Moisturize your feet to soothe cracked heels
Nevertheless, their effectiveness depends on other measures you take to improve the health of your feet.

  • Try to keep them clean and free from dirt.
  • After a long, hard day, soak them in warm water.
  • Remember to moisturize and exfoliate your feet on a regular basis.
  • Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight, or that expose your feet to the elements.
  • Don’t walk in bare feet for a long time.
  • Finally, after you shower, moisturize your feet and apply an antibacterial powder to prevent foot fungus and odors.

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