15 Easy Home Remedies For Cracked Heels


We invest so much on our footwear; pick up the trendiest of the shoes from the best brands but most times, our feet spoil the show because of the cracks showing through. Cracks are formed on the heels simply due to lack of attention towards them. While we do all kinds of beauty treatments for the face, we tend to ignore the feet almost always. And the feet are one of the most abused parts of the body from all the walking around and exposure to heat and dust.


Cracked Heels

So how do you get the kind of soft and supple heels that seem like a distant dream? Quite easily, actually. I am listing 15 ways here to get super soft feet. Follow them regularly and see the difference for yourself.

1.  Do not forget to scrub:

The skin on the underside of the feet is drier and coarse. Dead cells accumulate very quickly here. So every day, spend an extra two minutes towards the end of your bath, when your feet have soaked up enough water, to slough off the dead cells using a pumice stone. Buy a 4 way use brush that has pumice stone and also can be used to buff the heels and brush your entire foot.

scrub brush

2. Wash feet well:


Every time you get back from outside, wash your feet well, preferably with some anti-bacterial liquid. If you have a rough surface on the bathroom floor, simply run your heels on it while washing your feet.

3. Glycerine and rose water:  

Glycerine is great for dry skin since it attracts moisture. Rose water has cooling properties. Get a small spray bottle or better still, buy the rose mist that comes in a spray container. Add glycerine to it in equal quantity. Mix well. Keep it handy to spray it on your feet and heels after the bath every day. Leave it for a minute or two to dry. Repeat everyday to get soft and supple feet.

4. Petroleum jelly:

Petroleum jelly has heavy duty moisturizing effect. In the night, scrub your heels and wash well. Apply a thick coat of petroleum jelly all of the feet. Secure your feet with a pair of socks before sleeping. Do it every day and see the difference for yourself.

Petroleum Jelly

5. Lemon juice soak:

Add lemon juice to lukewarm water and soak your feet in it for fifteen minutes. This softens the dead cells in the feet. Brush well after fifteen minutes, cleaning the cracks in the heels. Dry and follow up with some lotion.

6. Honey soak:

Mix about a cup of honey in half a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it. Honey will moisturize your feet and make it soft. After fifteen minutes, scrub away the dead cells and wash well.

honey soak

7. Honey scrub:

If you do not have the time for a soak, then mix some honey, lemon and rice flour. The rice flour will act as a scrub while honey will moisturize your skin. Scrub your feet well with this paste, focussing on the heels and corns. Wash it off, dry the skin and apply some moisturizer.

8. EV olive oil:

Extra virgin olive oil with its intense moisturizing properties is one of the most effective ways of treating cracked heels. Ensure you have an hour for yourself. Clean your feet and dry. Take about half a cup of EVO oil and massage it well on both the feet for about 15 minutes. This will not only moisturize your skin but will also improve blood circulation and relax your feet. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off.

extra virgin olive oil

9. Oatmeal scrub:

Mix powdered oatmeal with some milk or honey. Scrub your feet well with it. Wash off and dry.

oatmeal scrub

10. Sea salt and oil scrub:

While sea salt is great for this purpose, even regular table salt will do. Take a spoon of the salt and add some olive oil to it. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and mix well. Use this as a scrub for really soft feet.

11. Foot Soak:

For a more spa like experience, add some sea salt and some shampoo in a tub of warm water and soak for fifteen minutes before scrubbing.

12. Banana paste:

Mash a banana well and apply it on cleaned feet on the cracks. Leave for about fifteen minutes .This will help soften the cracks and heal it.

13. Paraffin wax treatment:

Melt a tsp of wax and mix it with equal part of any oil of your choice. When it is in semi-solid state, cover your cracks with it. Do it every night and scrub it off next morning.

14. Hydrate:

Drink lots of water- cracked heels are due to lack of moisture. Keep drinking water to keep your feet supple.

15. Improve circulation:

Improve blood circulation by massaging your feet well and exercising regularly. Do show some tender loving care to your feet and see how well they respond to it.

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About the author

Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.