Other conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, diabetes and thyroid disease can also contribute to the problem.
The most common symptoms include dry skin and thick callus that looks like yellow or dark brown discolored area of skin, especially along the inside border of the heel. Normally, cracks in the skin are visible and unpleasant to the eye.
Here are the best home remedies for cracked heels:
Home Remedy for Cracked Heels #1 - Lemon, Salt, Glycerin, Rose Water Foot Mask!
This is one of the best home remedies for preventing cracked heels as well as to cure cracked heels at the very first stage. Add raw salt, lemon juice, glycerin and rose water in warm water. Soak your cracked feet in this warm water for about 10-15 minutes. Scrub off your dry skin from heel (which gets loose after soaking) with the help of pumice stone or foot file or scrubber. Now take 1 tsp raw glycerin (thick one), one tsp rose water and 1 tsp lemon juice and mix them well. Apply this thick paste to your cracked heels. This might feel a little sticky but you must tolerate it if you want to get rid of cracked heels. If needed, wear a pair of socks and go to bed. Wash off in the morning. You might require to follow this regime for 2-3 days or even 7-10 days to cure cracked heels!
Home Remedy for Cracked Heels #2 - Feet Oil Massage!
This is again a very good and easy home remedy for cracked heels and even for dry feet that get cracked very easily. Massage cracked heels with one of these oils- sesame oil, coconut oil or any other hydrogenated vegetable oil before going to bed. Wear a pair of socks (better if old because you might not be able to use them afterwards) and go to bed. Follow this schedule for 3-5 days or as per your requirement- till you heal your cracked heels.
Home Remedy for Cracked Heels #3 - Mashed Fruits Massage!
Take a ripe banana and mash it. Apply this to the cracks of your heel. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. This instantly smooths the dry feet. In fact, it is the simplest dry cracked heel remedy which can even be done on a daily basis. If you have a little more serious cracks in feet, you can take half an avocado or half a coconut (its flesh) and add this to banana. Blend the things together to form a paste and apply this to cracked heels. Avocado and coconut contain essential oils, minerals and vitamins that will nourish your dry feet skin as well as prevent cracked heels. Instead of banana, ripe papaya can also be used after mashing it properly.
Home Remedy for Cracked Heels #4 - Natural Exfoliate & Oil Treatment!
If you have the tendency of getting cracked heels due to the dry skin on your heels, regularly exfoliate your feet but do not use harsh cosmetics. Instead make natural exfoliating scrub with honey, apple cider vinegar, and rice flour. To make this, grind 2-3 tablespoon of rice to get a coarse flour (don't make it fine). Add a few spoons of honey and apple cider vinegar to coarse rice flour to get a thick paste. If your heel cracks are very deep, add a spoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Soak your feet for about twenty minutes in warm water and then gently massage with this paste. This is one of the best natural cracked heel treatment and will also prevent further cracking.