I’ve never actually experienced the pain of a cracked heel until this past summer. There was a sharp feeling every time I put pressure on my heel, and it was unsightly to look at. After doing some online investigation, I learned there are tons of ways to take care of cracked heels at home. With the winter coming up, it’s important to keep your feet moisturized so they don’t end up rough and dry. It’s uncomfortable and not attractive. Here are five home remedies for cracked heels.
1. Olive oil. This is the method I used to repair my cracked heel. It’s super easy and it really works. Before bed, massage a decent amount of olive oil into your feet, especially concentrating on your heels. Put on a pair of socks and go to sleep! When you wake up in the morning, your heels will be significantly smoother. Repeat the process if needed.
2. Milk and honey. Milk is rich in vitamin A and honey is a humectant so it traps in moisture. Mix one cup of honey with two cups of milk and mix together. Pour the mixture into a basin (or a bowl big enough to fit your feet) and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
4. Banana. Bananas will provide moisture and remove dead skin cells from your feet. Mash one banana into a smooth paste and apply it to your cracked heels. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
5. White vinegar. The acetic acid in white vinegar will gently soften your dry feet. Fill a basin three-quarters with warm water and add a quarter of white vinegar. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes and rinse with clean water. Finish it off with a moisturizer like cocoa butter or shea butter.