- Cracked heels and feet typically aren’t a serious health concern, but they can lead to complications if left untreated.
- Fortunately, home remedies that might be sitting in your medicine and kitchen cabinets right now can help heal cracks.
- Additionally, there are several measures you can take to help protect your feet and prevent future cracked heels.
Cracked heels can be unsightly and uncomfortable nuisances. While you might feel an urge to pick or peel cracked heels, resist the impulse. Peeling off the skin can make things worse and even lead to an infection. Instead, turn to a home remedy.
Cracks and calluses are common, but you don’t have to live with them. Here are eight home remedies to help heal cracked heels — plus, what causes them and how to prevent cracked heels in the first place.
Soak, Exfoliate, Moisturize
Since cracked heels tend to be thicker and harder than the rest of your skin, it can help to soak them first. That’s because soaking can soften the skin and prepare your heels for the next step of this home remedy — exfoliation. Healthline suggests following these steps:
- Submerge your feet in lukewarm, soapy water for about 20-minutes.
- Remove hard skin with a pumice stone, foot scrubber, or loofah.
- Dry your feet thoroughly by gently patting the skin.
- Apply a thick moisturizer and a layer of petroleum jelly.
- Finally, put on socks to keep petroleum jelly from getting on the floor.