18 Home Remedies for Cracked Heels


Cracked heels are one of the most irritating and bizarre thing to deal with. It can occur due to many reasons in any age. However, old people who are diabetic need to take care and be very careful with cracked heels. When children play in the mud or expose their feet to the sun they invite cracks in their heels. Adults who have dry skin are mostly victimized to have cracked heels.

What causes cracked heels? Is it only related to dryness or there are any other possible ways of getting them? On a serious note dryness is one of the biggest factor which makes its way to conditions where heels get cracked but this is not it. To your surprise it can happen when you stay in hot shower for hours. It can also occur when you don’t take ample water to moisten your skin. Dry feet are not prone to get cracks and when you scrub them they become harder which causes cracks.

Here, in this article you will get to read 18 home remedies which will solve your problem of cracked heels. Some of the natural ways to deal with the problem are resolved by the help of petroleum jelly, lemon, rice flour and rose water with glycerin.

1. Aloe Vera

This is a plant with many properties which help in taking care of skin related problems. It is because of the fact that it possesses anti-inflammation, antiseptic and soothing effect. It also softens skin and make nourish it nicely.

  • Scoop out pulp from the leaf of aloe Vera.
  • Add few drops of lime or lemon in it.
  • Mix it well.
  • Apply it on the cracked heels after washing and drying it nicely.
  • Repeat after putting off your socks, after coming from outside and also before going to bed.

2. Honey

Honey works as antiseptic, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory substance. It has potential of healing pain caused by dryness or cracked heel. All you have to do is to follow these steps to come out of pain and start healing the aching heels.

  • Take a spoon of honey and warm it in the microwave for ten seconds.
  • Apply it after washing and drying your cracked feet.
  • Apply thin layer of honey on the feet.
  • Let it dry.
  • Once dried, wash it off with water.
  • Apply moisturizer to keep the properties of honey intact.

3. Bananas

Bananas, yes! You read right. Banana can be utilized when it’s fully ripened and you don’t want to eat it in any form. This fruit has potassium and vitamins which assists body to keep major organ of the body, skin supple and moist.

  • Peel banana and mash it with the help of fork.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Apply it on cracked heels.
  • Let it dry or leave it for half an hour.
  • Rinse it with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat daily for super-fast results.

4. Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil or any other sort of oil can also work against cracked heels and make them soft and moistened. Try this remedy to help you get rid of cracked heels.

  • Wash and dry your feet.
  • Apply good amount of oil on the cracked feet.
  • Wear socks to protect them.

It works well when you apply oil at night, before going to sleep and wear socks. Repeat it daily and see difference in only 3 weeks.

5. Rice Flour

Rice flour can serve the purpose of helping you remove cracks in the heels. It is a good home remedy to exfoliate and scrub dead skin.

  • Take a bowl, put 4 heap tablespoon of rice flour.
  • Add few drops of lime.
  • One to two drops of lavender essential oil to give you soothing effect.
  • Make it thick by adding few drops of water.
  • Scrub it on your feet focusing on cracked heels.
  • Rinse your feet with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat it daily or on alternative days.

6. Vinegar Soak

Vinegar is used in a cuisine of the world. However, it has benefactor agents which helps in moistening cracked heels.

  • Take foot tub and fill it with lukewarm water.
  • Add half a cup of vinegar in it.
  • Put your cracked heels or the entire feet in the tub which is filled with water.
  • Let the feet rest in there for half an hour or till water starts to lose its temperature.
  • Pat dry your feet.
  • Apply thick layer of Vaseline.
  • Wear socks.

P.S: This tip works well when you apply socks and let Vaseline work on your cracked heels. It is said to be best when you do it before going to bed.

7. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac has anti-fungal qualities and is also known as Neem. It has the capability to enhance soothing effect and reduce pain on the cracked heels.

  • Take few leafs of Indian lilac and crush them to form powder.
  • Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Don’t forget to add few drops of lime in it.
  • Apply it on your cracked heels.
  • Let it sit for half an hour.
  • Rinse it with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this every day to get best results.

8. Lemons

This acidic fruit has the tendency and potential to take care of cracked heels.

  • Take lemon, cut it into half.
  • Remove its seeds.
  • Squeeze all the juice in a bowl.
  • Rub lemon’s peel on cracked heels for ten minutes on each foot.
  • Rinse it with lukewarm water.
  • Apply oil on the feet and massage well.
  • Wear socks and let it be there overnight.
  • Remove socks in the morning and wash your feet.
  • Do it every night for minimum ten days to get rid of cracked heels.

9. Rose Water And Glycerin

Rose water and glycerin is a killer combination. When they are combined together they combat all negative things and makes skin softer and moistened.

  • Take half cup of rose water and put it in a clean bottle.
  • Take same quantity of glycerin and ad it in the same bottle.
  • Shake it till it’s mixed.
  • Take a small portion of liquid and apply if after taking bath, before going to sleep, after putting off shoes and even before wearing socks.
  • Repeat it as many times as possible in a day.

10. Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is used in spas and beauty salons to soften your cracked feet. If you know what the beauticians do, you would be startled. It is easy, convenient and affordable remedy to work against cracked heels.

  • Take some paraffin wax in a utensil which can sit on stove.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of oil. This can be any sort of oil from coconut to olive extracted oil.
  • Heat it on the stove or for ease in microwave for a minute or maximum two.
  • Apply it on dry cracked heels.
  • Let it remain there for five to seven minutes.
  • Rinse it with lukewarm water.
  • Apply moisturizer.
  • Repeat daily if you have severe cracked heels.

11. Epsom Salt Or Dead Sea Salt

Dead sea salt or Epsom salt is believed to have magnesium and agents which remove toxins from the cracked feet. Try this unique home remedy which would help you to get rid of cracked feet.

  • Take a pumice stone and rub it on cracked heels. It will allow your feet to absorb Epsom salt readily.
  • Take a foot tub and fill it with bearable hot water.
  • Add 2 heap tablespoons of dead sea salt or Epsom salt.
  • Soak your feet till ankles in it for ten minutes.
  • Remove your feet from the tub and dry it with the help of clean towel.
  • Apply any moisturizing cream.
  • Protect them with socks in case the weather is good.

12. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly and cracked feet have been together since it was produced. It has all those elements which helps in making skin softer, better and moist.

  • Wash your feet and dry them.
  • Apply Vaseline nicely enough to fill in all the cracks.
  • Wear socks.

This is a remedy which will not turn you down if you act upon it on nights, before going to sleep.

13. Olive Oil

Olive oil is used b masseuse while giving perfect and relaxing massages. However, it is not restricted to massages and can be used to assist you on getting rid of cracked heels too.

  • With the help of pumice stone, remove all the dead skin before washing your feet.
  • Once you have removed dead skin, rinse your feet with lukewarm water.
  • Now apply olive oil rigorously.
  • After applying the oil, let it be there for several hours.
  • You can wash it off if you feel disgusted.

P.S: It is always better and recommended to apply oil at night before hitting your bed so that it can be there overnight.

14. Oatmeal

Scrubbing off dead skin from cracked heels actually serves the purpose to get rid of broken, scaly heels. To get this home remedy work on your feet you will need jojoba oil and uncooked oatmeal.

  • Oatmeal should be taken in a small plastic bowl. Three tablespoons would do.
  • Drop half teaspoon of jojoba oil in the bowl.
  • Mix it well till it forms clotty substance.
  • Rub it on your cracked heels for 3 minutes on each foot.
  • Rinse it with bearably warm water.
  • For best results, moisten your feet after scrubbing.
  • Daily repetition of it will help you get rid of cracked heels faster.

15. Lemon And Sugar Scrub

Ever thought of trying another way to help yourself from cracked heels using one sugar and lemon? Here, we have shared something which will make you proud because the results are not only good but amazing. All we want you to do is to do it for a week.

  • Dip your feet in lukewarm water for ten minutes.
  • Make a scrub by putting one tablespoon of sugar.
  • Squeeze one whole lime in it.
  • Rub it well on the cracked heels.
  • Rinse and dry.
  • Repeat it every day for a week.

16. Herbal Neem Tulsi

This herbal treatment is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic outcomes. It works well on severe cases of cracked heels which even bleeds.

  • Crush Tulsi and Neem leaves.
  • Add 2 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder.
  • Now, make thick paste by adding some water too.
  • Apply the paste and let it dry. It usually takes ten to twelve minutes if the paste is not too diluted.
  • Rinse it off with clean water.
  • Repetition will bring long lasting effect. So, repeat it daily.

 17. Home made Herbal Foot Cream

Herbal foot creams are readily available in market but if you really want to make it of your own then do following:

  • Grind handful of mint, Neem, Tulsi and coriander leafs.
  • Mix few drops of glycerin and one teaspoon of Vaseline in it.
  • Mix it well and use it as a cream.
  • Always rinse it off after few hours of its application.

18. Figs, Oil And Sugar Scrub

If you want to get best results in less time in order to smoothen cracked heels, try this homemade scrub.

  • Take 2 figs and grind it with one table spoon of sugar.
  • Now, add half teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Mix it well.
  • Scrub your feet after soaking it in lukewarm water for ten minutes.
  • After scrubbing, rinse your feet.
  • Repeat it on alternative days.