The dreaded cracked feet. My girls and I struggle with it!
How about you?
Cracked heels and toes are a common problem because there are no oil glands on our feet to keep them moisturized.
Prolonged standing, excessive hot showers, cold weather, or wearing the wrong shoes often are the culprits.
No matter the reason, it’s no fun.
I’ve listed 6 methods we’ve tried over the years. All work to some extent and each differently. Try one and let me know if you get relief!
Cracked Heels and Toes Are A Pain
If cracked heels aren’t tended to, the problem can worsen into deep cracks that can be painful.
I’ve learned this the hard way.
If you’ve had cracked feet or toes you’ve probably experienced:
- Itching and a burning sensation
- Difficulty in walking and wearing shoes for a prolonged period of time
- Development of other skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis
Natural Remedies To Heal Cracks
Here I have 6 remedies we’ve tried on our feet to heal our cracked toes and heels.
#4 was our “go-to” for a while until I started using the premade balm.
You will need to experiment and see which method works for you.
Plus, give each method a few days of continuous use before you give up on it.
Start with the ingredients you already have at home and go from there.
#1 Soak In Lemon Juice
Lemon has mildly acidic properties that can help soften the dry skin around the heel to remove it easily.
Soak your feet in a tub full of lemon juice for 10-15 minutes and then use a soft brush to scrub away the dry skin. (don’t do this if you have cuts on your foot). Then apply coconut oil or a heavy moisturizer.
#2 Moisturize With Lemon and Olive Oil
Create a moisturizing cream for your cracked heels by mixing a spoonful of olive oil and a few drops of lemon (or lemon essential oil).
Apply on your feet before going to bed so that it can soak into the skin and start the healing process.
#3 Moisturize With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and since it is anti-fungal it can help prevent athlete’s foot, too.
Simply slather coconut oil on your feet and put on socks.
This works best if you do it right when you notice cracks starting to form.
#4 Apply Coconut Oil With Essential Oils
For several years this was our go-to method to heal cracked toes. My daughters each get them bad and my heals just look nasty in the summer.
We discovered when we apply this mixture on as soon as the cracks start appearing we can usually get them to heal up within a few days.
What To Do:
- Take a scoop of coconut oil, few drops of tea tree oil, and a few drops of lavender into your hands then rub all over feet focusing on the cracks.
- Put on socks after oiled up to keep the oil from getting on carpets and bedding.
- Apply 2 times a day until cracks start to heal (usually after a few days).
#5 Paraffin Wax Treatment
Paraffin baths feel so good in the winter especially if you always have cold feet like I do.
This one on Amazon works nicely and can be used on your hands too. Doing a paraffin wax treatment twice a week should bring relief.
- Block of Paraffin
- 2 TBS Coconut Oil
- Plastic Wrap
What To Do:
- Melt a block of paraffin and mix in two tablespoons of coconut oil.
- Dip your feet in the warm mixture for 10 seconds.
- Continue to dip until a few layers of wax build-up.
- Cover your feet with plastic wrap and leave on for 30 minutes and then peel off the wax.
#6 Premade Natural Balm
As it turned out this natural Badger Sleep balm works really well at healing the cracks and keeping your feet stay soft.
I got it during a time when my daughter was having a hard time sleeping but didn’t really see a difference in her sleep. So I stored in the cabinet and forgot about it.
A few months ago when I was cleaning out the cabinets I noticed all the essential oils in it and figured why not put it on her feet since she had started getting cracks.
It contains organic olive oil with lavender, rosemary, balsam fir, and bergamot essential oils.
After a few days of applying it, she noticed it worked as well as using the coconut oil and essential oils but it’s a lot less messy.
#7 Premade Essential Oils Blend
Another premade blend you can try is similar to the Badger Sleep balm but is made specifically for cracked heels.
It’s called H-Cracked Heel Formula and is a combination of Hazel seed oil, Rosehip seed oil, Avocado oil, Wheatgerm oil, Lavender oil, Geranium oil, Chamomile oil, Tea tree oil. It works by moisturizing the feet and reducing the dryness.
I Hope One Of These Natural Remedies Help You
It’s no fun having cracked feet and I hope you can find relief with one of these methods.
Let me know if any of these remedies work for you.
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