The dreaded cracked feet. We have that issue in our 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’ve listed 4 methods we’ve tried plus another option that isn’t homemade but it ended up working the best.
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
Home Remedies To Heal Cracks
Here I have 4 remedies we’ve tried on our feet to heal our cracked toes and heels.
#4 was our favorite for a while until I started using the premade balm I’ve included in the end.
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 Try Paraffin Wax Treatment
Ok, so you probably don’t have a paraffin bath at home but there are many uses for it.
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
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.
#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.
Coconut Oil (get it here)
Tea tree oil (get it here)
Lavender (get it here)
What To Do:
Apply this mixture by putting in your hands a scoop of coconut oil, few drops of tea tree oil, and lavender then rub all over 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 Premade Balm
This isn’t a home remedy but 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.
I Hope One Of These 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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