How to Heal Dry, Cracked Feet and Remove Dead Skin

Updated on October 22, 2017
TheHubFactory profile image

Chris Desatoff is a cartoonist, blogger, and freelance writer.

Source

Cracked heels can be a problem and a nuisance for many. They can develop on the soles of a person’s foot or appear on both feet. This is a common health problem that can happen to men and women and often occurs more often with the elderly. This health condition usually occurs during dry and cold months and can worsen if pressure on the soles of a person's feet is continuous over a long period of time.

Symptoms of Cracked Heels

Symptoms of this foot disorder are various and sometimes disturbing. Some of the main symptoms are dryness and itching. One of the first signs of this health condition is flaky and peeling skin. When the skin becomes very dry, it causes the skin to become white and then turn a reddish color.

Some people have also noticed itching around the rim of the heel. If the dryness and itching continues, small cracks may appear around the edge of the heel. In addition, sometimes when walking, the lesions that develop from the dryness may cause the skin to split and that can be painful.

Causes of This Health Condition

Causes of dry heels are:

  • being overweight or obese
  • improper hygiene around the heel
  • poor circulation of the feet
  • standing or walking too long
  • skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis
  • footwear that is too light or too tight
  • wearing shoes that expose the heels

Crusty feet are not only uncomfortable, but they can also lead to other health problems.

Home Remedies for Dry Heels

There are home remedies that can ease the pain and give an attractive look to the feet such as soaking your feet in warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes. This will soften your skin. However, the first step to improve your dry heels is to get rid of dry skin and then apply a moisturizer or cream on your dry cracked heels twice a day.

Another method is to gently use a pumice stone. In addition, another method is to wear some thick socks when you sleep or leave them on for a couple hours during the day.

Another home remedy is to take a ripe banana, mash it thoroughly, and apply it as a paste to your dry, cracked feet—make sure that you cover all of the cracked skin completely. Leave the banana pulp on your skin for about 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

You can squeeze the juice of a lemon in a bowl and add some warm water, a teaspoon of petroleum jelly, and a dab of shampoo. Soak your feet in the solution for about 15 minutes and then rinse and dry your feet.

It takes time and effort to heal and cure this foot disorder.

Your Diet Is Important

Some have also found that a diet that is rich in nuts, apricots, and green olives can help ease the dryness of this foot disorder. Spinach and other vegetables such as broccoli and taro can also add moisture to your dry heels. Yogurt, cheese, sesame seeds, and kale have also been known to help.

Other Natural Ways

Other natural ways that help ease dry and rough heels include moisturizing your skin twice a day, exercising regularly each day to help improve your circulation in your body, not wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose and keeping your feet clean throughout the day.

Vegetable Oil is another home remedy that has worked for some. If you use this method, you can also use olive oil or sesame oil.

The first step in this method is to scrub your feet with a pumice stone, wash after the scrubbing, and then apply the oil to your heels. After you have applied the oil, put on a pair of clean socks and then go to bed. This will allow the oil to reach deep into the skin. Do this for several days or until your heels are soft and healed.

Paraffin wax can also be an effective way to treat this health disorder, especially if the pain is high and the heels are in bad shape.

To use this method, take the wax and mix it with coconut or mustard oil and then heat it so that the ingredients melt. Then, cool the mixture until it becomes comfortable to the touch and then apply it to your feet. The best way to do this is to apply it before going to bed and then wash it off in the morning. This procedure should be done for one or more weeks for best results.

To conclude, it is best to get rid of dead skin before proceeding with any home remedy solution. By applying one or more of the above remedies, your feet and heel dryness can be healed and cured.

Pumice stone removes dead skin from feet

Source

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        I'm going to try 3 years ago

        I am going to try

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, remedygrove.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://remedygrove.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)