7 Methods for Healing Cracked Heels When You Have Soft Feet

7 Methods for Healing Cracked Heels When You Have Soft Feet

If you find yourself having to deal with cracked feet or heels, there are natural remedies you can use that are more effective than any expensive commercial product that you could buy.

When you have soft skin, it can be a challenge to find home remedies for cracked heels that do not result in pain or skin irritation. All of the remedies provided are gentle on your feet, while helping to heal your cracked heels. They also require the use of a foot bath, which could be any tub that is large enough to place both your feet in at the same time.

If you are ready to heal your cracked heels, then use one of these easy to follow methods:

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Hydrogen Peroxide Foot Bath

The first method of heeling cracked heels is to use a hydrogen peroxide foot bath. The hydrogen peroxide will help remove dead skin and tissue, allowing you to easily treat your cracked heels. To try this method, first grab the following items:

  •  A tub for soaking your feet
  •  2 cups of hot water
  • 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide
  • A foot file or a pumice stone
  • Lotion
  • A pair of clean socks

Start by heating up your water. Make it as hot as you can handle. Pour the water into your foot bath and then add the two cups of hydrogen peroxide. Allow your feet to soak for 30 minutes, making sure that your heels are fully immersed in the foot bath.

After 30 minutes of soaking, remove your feet and dry them completely. Immediately use your pumice stone or foot file to remove dead skin. Once you have thoroughly removed dead tissue from your feet, apply lotion, such as a foot cream, to heal your cracked heels. Put on a pair of clean socks to keep the moisture in.

As a side note, avoid using hydrogen peroxide if you have any open wounds on your heels. If your heels are cracked enough to cause bleeding, then you should consider trying one of the other methods provided.

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Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil has many uses, including healing cracked heels. This cracked heel solution is best used before bedtime. Start by soaking your feet in soapy water. Remove your feet from your foot bath and scrub with a pumice stone or foot file. Wash any dead skin or tissue from your feet and then dry thoroughly.

Apply the vegetable oil directly to your feet, rubbing the oil into your cracked heels. Put on a pair of socks and leave them on as you sleep. When you wake up, remove the socks. Continue performing this process every night before bed, to heel your cracks within a few days.

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Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax can help to soften skin and heal cracks. It will also help relieve irritated skin. To use paraffin wax to treat your sore heels, melt a block of paraffin wax in a double boiler. Mix in two tablespoons of coconut oil.

Pour the mixture into a foot bath and allow to cool. Once the wax and coconut oil has cooled, place your feet in the foot bath and then remove them. Wait several minutes and then dip your feet again. Continue dipping your feet every five minutes to build a layer of wax on your feet. Place a plastic bag over each foot and leave on for thirty minutes. Remove the plastic bags and then peel the wax.

Rice Flour

Rice Flour

Rice flour can help exfoliate your skin and remove dead tissue. To make a rice flour scrub, mix a cup of ground rice with two teaspoons of honey and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix the ingredients together to create a paste. Soak your feet for ten minutes in a foot bath and then gently scrub your heels using the rice flour paste.

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Rosewater and Glycerin

Rosewater and glycerin will easily treat your cracked heels. Glycerin will help to soften the cracked areas of your skin, while the rosewater will provide vitamins A, C, D, and E, along with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant compounds.

Combine an equal amount of both rosewater and glycerin. Rub the mixture into your heels each day before going to sleep. You may want to put on a pair of socks, to keep the moisture in place.

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The acidic content of lemons can help soothe rough, cracked skin. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to a foot bath and soak your feet for fifteen minutes. Do not use hot water, as the combination of hot water and lemon juice may dry your feet out. After soaking, scrub your feet with a pumice stone and then apply lotion.



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Indian Lilac

Indian lilac will not only help heal your cracked skin, it can relieve skin irritation, itchiness, and prevent infection. If you already have open wounds on your heels, using Indian lilac is a good option. The lilac will soothe your dry and irritated skin and prevent foot problems, such as foot fungus or athlete’s foot, thanks to the anti-fungal properties of Indian lilac.

To use Indian lilac on your heels, crush a handful of lilac leaves. As you crush the leaves, a paste should form. Add three teaspoons of turmeric powder to the mixture. Apply the paste to the cracks on your heels and leave for thirty minutes. After the thirty minutes are over, wash your feet using warm water and then dry them completely, using a clean cloth.

When your heels are cracked, use these remedies to remove dead tissue and heal your heels. You may want to try a couple different remedies, if one of them does not provide you with the relief that you need.

To prevent cracked heels, soak your feet once per week and remove dead tissue. Follow this up by applying lotion to your feet and wearing a pair of socks to hold in the moisture. Cracked heels should be treated quickly, to prevent open sores or infections.

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