The dreaded cracked feet. We have that issue in my house. 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 spent some time looking up some home remedies for cracked feet.
Let me know if you try any of them and I’ll list our favorite as #4.
This isn’t a home remedy but I had to tell you about this Badger Sleep Balm (get it here).
I got it to help my daughter relax at night but it’s also helping her cracks.
She can easily apply it herself without a mess.
It contains an essential oil blend of lavender, rosemary, balsam fir, and bergamot.
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
4 Home Remedies To Heal Cracks
I found 4 homes remedies to try. #4 is what has worked the best so far.
Remedy #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)
Remedy #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 feet before going to bed so that it can soak into the skin and help heal the cracks.
Remedy #3- Try Paraffin Wax Treatment
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.
Doing a paraffin wax treatment twice a week should bring relief.
I used to have this Paraffin Wax Heat Bath (see it on Amazon) before I had children. I wish I hadn’t given it away!
Remedy #4- Apply Coconut Oil (with added essential oils)
This is my go-to method to heal my youngest daughter’s cracked toes.
Each spring when the number of showers and baths increase her cracks start.
If I apply a mixture of coconut oil (get it here), tea tree oil (get it here) and lavender oil (get it here) to her feet 2 times a day the cracks will start to heal after a few days.
I admit my routine isn’t perfect and she gets cracks again because I forget. She is almost 9 so she’s starting to keep it up herself.
Thankfully, if she forgets they can heal up pretty quickly if we start up our oiling routine. She puts on socks after she is oiled up.
Have you tried any of these methods?
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