Best home remedies for cracked heels

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 28, 2012

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  • The moisture in bananas can help eliminate dryness of feet, thus, treating cracked heels
  • Provide your feet with optimum moisture from mineral oils, preferably before going to sleep.
  • Use a scrub made of honey rice and vinegar for exfoliating properties that keeps dryness at bay.
  • Sleep with cotton socks on, to preserve moisture.


Cracked heels, medically known as heel fissures, not only look awful but are also painful. Natural remedies for cracked heels can help treat common foot problems that are caused by dry skin. Heels crack when the feet are dry and you put pressure on them. The cracks may deepen and bleed if they are not cared for and should therefore, be treated as soon as they are spotted.



Home remedies for cracked heels


Banana pulp foot mask

The moisture in bananas can help eliminate dryness of feet, thus, treating cracked heels. Mash a ripe banana and apply its pulp on dry or cracked heels. Let the mask stay for 10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. Regular use of banana pulp foot mask on cracked heels leaves the skin softer and smoother.


Mineral oil soak

Mineral oil soak

Feet lack oil glands and therefore, become dry easily. In order to keep dryness away, you should provide your feet with optimum moisture preferably before going to sleep. Combine equal parts of lukewarm water and mineral oil in a tub and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes. Hot water should always be avoided as it may dry feet even more. Wear cotton socks overnight to lock the moisture in.

Rice, honey and vinegar foot scrub

Grind half a cup of rice and mix the powder with honey and vinegar. Soak your feet in a tub of lukewarm water for 10 minutes and pat them dry. Apply the paste on your feet and scrub them to eliminate dry, thick skin on your heels. Honey provides moisture to the feet while rice and vinegar have exfoliating properties that keep dryness at bay.

Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly-lemon moisturiser


Combine a tablespoon of petroleum jelly with a few drops of lemon juice. Make sure you have soaked your feet in a tub of lukewarm water for at least 10 minutes before applying the mixture. After drying the feet with a towel, massage the home-made moisturiser over cracked heels. Sleep with cotton socks to preserve moisture. Continuous use of this remedy makes the skin softer, eventually healing cracked heels.

If you are predisposed to dry skin, you are more likely to develop cracked heels. Putting body weight on your feet further contributes to the condition. Natural remedies for cracked heels can mend cracked heels and give you softer feet as you always wanted.

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  • Malavika09 Jul 2013

    I have been suffering from cracked heels since a long time and I must say that petroleum jelly moisturizers didn't really work all that well. My heels even used to bleed at times and it is really frustrating, I have to be really careful not to expose my heels in public, its shameful! Well, I have never tried any of the other remedies and so I think I should give them a try too and see whether they work or no. I seriously want this situation to be over and done with, thanks for the post.