It is summer, and as you’re getting ready to show off your flip-flops and sandals, one thing to keep in mind before you step out in your ‘opens’ is to make sure your feet are in absolute great shape. If your heels aren’t in perfect shape, sadly, there’s not much a lovely pair of summery flip-flops would be able to do.

Home Remedies For Cracked Heels:

Here is our list of 10 simple home remedies that will help soothe and makeover your cracked heels, and let you step out in style. Read,on how to heal cracked heels for more!

1. Lemon, Salt, Glycerine, Rose Water Foot Mask:

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One of the first steps towards having a pair of beautiful feet is to heal them, and that is why this foot mask is absolutely perfect home remedy for cracked heels.

  • Take a basin of warm water in which you’ll be dipping your feet and add raw salt, lemon juice, glycerine and rose water. Soak in your feet for about 15-20 minutes in this water.
  • Using a pumice stone or foot scrubber, scrub your heels and sides of the feet.
  • Take 1tsp undiluted glycerine, 1 tsp rose water and 1tsp lemon juice and after mixing, apply over your cracked heels. Since this will be a sticky mixture, you can wear a pair of socks and leave on overnight.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water in the morning.
  • Repeat for a few days till heels are soft and healed.

[ Read: Causes Of Cracked Heels ]

2. Vegetable Oil:

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Dry skin on the heels is one of the foremost reasons behind the cracking. This home remedy for dry skin helps combat this problem.

  • After washing your feet and cleaning and drying them up completely, apply a layer of vegetable oil on the cracked parts of your feet.
  • Wear a pair of thick socks and leave overnight.
  • In the morning, wash off and repeat for a few days to get smooth and healed feet.

3. Banana or Banana and Avocado Foot Mask:

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  • Take the pulp of a ripe banana and apply over cracked parts of the heel and feet.
  • Keep on for about 10 minutes and wash off.

You can also create a foot mask at home using a ripe banana and avocado.

  • Take a ripe banana and half an avocado, or the flesh of half a coconut (green coconut). Blend everything in a blender together.
  • Apply this thick creamy paste over your heels and feet.

As avocados and coconut are rich in several essential oils and vitamins and fats, this paste will help treat cracked heels and keep them soft and moisturised.

4. Vaseline and Lemon Juice:

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  • Clean and dry your heels. Once all the dirt is out, soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Take 1tsp Vaseline and the juice of a lemon. Rub this mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the foot. Rub this in nicely, till it gets absorbed in the skin.
  • Apply this mixture before going to bed and keep on overnight, wearing a pair of woollen socks, as these socks help trap body heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture.
  • Wash off in the morning.

5. Paraffin Wax:

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This is an especially good treatment if you have really cracked and painful heels.

  • Take some paraffin wax and mix it with mustard oil or coconut oil.
  • Heat the mixture in a pan till the wax melts properly. Allow this to cool at room temperature and once it’s cool, apply over your feet. To get the best results, apply before going to bed and cover with a pair of socks.
  • Wash off properly in the morning.

6. Honey:

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Honey is great to moisturise your feet and has great antibacterial properties.

  • Mix one cup of honey to half a bucket of warm water.
  • Soak your feet for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Scrub off gently for soft and supple feet.

7. Rice Flour:

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Make this scrub that’s great for scrubbing your feet.

  • Take 2-3 tbsps of ground rice and add a few spoons of honey and apple cider vinegar to make a thick paste.
  • If your heels are extremely dry and cracked, add a spoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil.
  • Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and gently scrub it with this paste to remove dead skin from your feet.

8. Olive Oil:

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Virgin olive oil is one of the most natural ways to get smooth soft healthy heels.

  • Apply some extra virgin olive oil with the help of a cotton ball and gently massage your feet in a circular motion for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wear a pair of thick cotton socks and wash off after an hour.
  • Next, take 1 tbsp olive oil, a few drops of lemon oil or lavender oil in a small bottle and add an equal amount of water to it. mix it properly to get a thick solution.
  • Apply this homemade foot cream on your feet a few times in the day and also overnight.

9. Oatmeal:

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Take 1 tbsp powdered oatmeal and some jojoba oil to make a thick paste.

  1. Apply this over your feet, especially well over the heels and any cracked parts.
  2. Leave this on your heels for about half an hour and rinse off with cold water.Pat dry.

Do this every alternate day to remove all cracks.

10. Sesame Oil:

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  • Apply sesame oil on your heels and any cracked parts each night before going to bed. This is a great cracked heels solution for feet.
  • Massage well till it mixes in the skin.

Along with these simple home remedies, you can add beauty to your feet through a pedicure. You don’t have to be spending big money at parlour for pedicures. A few simple and natural foot care ideas can work wonders at curing your cracked heels. They are budget friendly as well. The result? You’re the owner of peacock feather soft, beautiful heels! Let’s check the steps of an interesting fruit pedicure process at home now. Do follow it every weekend.

Steps for a Pedicure at Home:

Step 1: Get a Loofah to Exfoliate

Loofah is a dried fruit fiber which is widely available on many departmental stores, bath and body shops or even some herbal shops. Loofah is mainly meant for the exfoliation of dry, dead skin to bring out the soft new skin outside. Cracked heels are mainly caused due to dryness and before taking any step to nourish your heels, clearing off the already formed dead skin cells and dry skin is essential.

  • Get a loofah, soak it in warm water for 10 minutes, this makes it moderately soft and suitable for exfoliation.
  • Soak your feet in tolerable warm water for 10-15 minutes and scrub your heels with this soaked loofah pad.
  • Exfoliate well to remove those hard dead skin, you can actually feel the dead cells coming off the heels.
  • If you need some extra cleansing and exfoliating effect, squeeze some shower gel on the loofah and work out. After 4-5 minutes of exfoliating, splash cold water and wash your feet thoroughly.

This process makes heels free from hard dead skin and now lets move on to the the next step , ‘nourishing’!

Step 2: Nourish with a Fruit Pack

You are well done your exfoliation treatment with loofah, now next is the nourishing process to make your heels soft and beautiful.

  • Simply mash a banana and add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to it.
  • Apply this foot pack on your foot concentrating more on the heels. Leave on for 15 minutes before washing it off.

The nutrients of the banana and moisturizing power of the olive oil nourishes heels up to a great extent and reveals that beautiful heels.

Step 3: Pamper with a Moisturizer

When you’re done with the above two steps, get your foot cream and massage gently on your heels to moisturize it. That’s it, you are all done!

A simple homemade fruit pedicure process is done now. Follow this once or twice in a fortnight to achieve a beautiful feet with soft heels.

Hope you like this article highlighting home remedies for carcked heels. Let us know how these tips worked out for you through your valuable comments.

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  • Simrin

    very good article debolina!! thats very nice tips..helful in summer too :D

    • Debolina Raja Gupta

      Simrin..many thanks dear…i hope these help, are really easy to do at home!

  • Ujjwal

    nice article debolina!! :D

    • Debolina Raja Gupta

      Ujjwal..thnx a ton !

  • sunandhasai

    Thanks a lot debolina!! helpful tutorial!! :)

    • Debolina Raja Gupta

      Sunandhasai…thanks dear…these are indeed helpful and can be easily done at home…thnx for your response :-)

  • Tarunima

    Nice post!! would be really really helpful.. :)

    • Debolina Raja Gupta

      Thanks Tarunima…these are really simple do at home types…so do try :-)

  • monica

    Love this site. Full of great tips.

  • jaosbo

    Anyone tried this on hands? My husband gets awful dry hands and just doesn’t noticed until it’s so bad they crack!

    • AJ

      my husband was working with mortar, and tile grout, and he knew his hands always gets rough and dry, sometimes even cracked. I had him rub in a small amount coconut oil and let it sit for just a few minutes, and then wipe any excess off. his hands did not get dry or anything Have your husband do this everyday, and it will help a lot, without a greasy feeling.

    • Jennifer Christy Tolentino

      Something similar to the paraffin treatment on here will work wonders for his hands. For it to be most effective use a rich moisturizing cream on the hands and then dip in melted paraffin. Cover in a plastic baggie so it doesn’t get everywhere and leave on for 20 minutes or longer. Do this daily until cracks are healed. After that once every week or so will help keep them in good shape. They have special warmers for paraffin wax but they can be expensive. You can easily melt the paraffin using a double boiler or in the microwave.
      A soothing sugar scrub can help remove dry rough skin too. Just combine sugar with whatever type of cooking oil you have and use it to gently scrub. You can add essential oils to the blend if you like. Lavender EO is very good for soothing skin. After scrubbing rinse with warm water and gently dry. Some oil will stay on the skin and form a protective barrier to help prevent future drying and damage.

    • k9saver

      coconut oil is the best and can add whatever essential oil, lavender is great.

  • merlena

    Great article! I make a homemade goat milk scrub with some of these ingredients and then massage some of my goat milk lotion on my feet at night. Made a huge difference!

  • Melindark

    Good information!
    My grandmother used Noxzema on her cracked heels, then wore white socks to bed. In the morning, her cracks were nearly gone!

  • Diana

    Good post. Very informative and actually helpful. The tips are easy and in detail. Thank you for explaining on how to prepare masks and apply it.

  • Vanessa Rainey Sellers

    Coconut oil is great too

    • Allie

      Agreed! Works wonders for me!

  • susan

    Sorry no petrochemicals paraffin wax and vaseline (considered potential carcinogens..) and when you say Veg. oil I would make sure it is olive or coconut, gmo-free. The rest looks great!

  • David

    I had a bad case and painted iodine over the whole area every night for a few months. It healed up very nicely.

  • Cori

    get insoles that are rounded at the heel and wear them every day. Cheap and the only solution that addresses the problem.

  • Dez

    I soak my feet in warm/hot water for about 30 mins at night, then glob on the vasoline.
    Now heres the trick of not ruining your sheets (because all of that stuff you put on your heals, soaks through your socks, and messes up your sheets!)…
    -Rip a ziplock bag on one side and wrap around your heals to the top of your foot. Then use tape to secure on your foot.
    -Then put your socks on.
    -Take off in morning, and your heals look and feel so much better!
    ~*~* I did want to say be careful when you step in the shower, you might slip!


    great tips.olive oil is good to cure cracks on heel

  • RalphGordon

    steel brush or high grade asphalt would do for my foot.

  • DebbyRose

    I used to have horribly cracked heels. I bought a really fine callous remover file and I use it a couple times a week right after I get out of the shower and then put regular lotion on afterwards. It has worked better than anything else I’ve ever tried.

  • Anonymous

    vary useful tips and helpful can be easily done at home

  • Anonymous

    For a no need to buy anything solution-soak feet either while bathing or showering, or in a basin of nearly hot water , then use your fingernails to scrape off the dead skin-must be repeated over time til skin is smooth and repeated every so often to maintain, but so worth it. My Mom’s heals used to crack so badly that they would bleed and she used razor blades to remove the layers of dead skin–DANGEROUS- I noticed that the skin rubbed away after bathing and began to treat my feet this way. I let my Mom know about the results I was getting-she tried it and now her feet are smooth too!

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Janis ! thank you for sharing your remedy with us :-)