Today people are living in a fast paced society, so they spend a lot of time on their feet, and they put them through some tough daily rituals from ill-fitting shoes to strenuous workouts, our feet take the brunt of our daily activities. We accumulate blisters, cuts, sores, swollen feet and fungus. At the end of the day we all know the familiar feeling of aching feet that are sign of a very hard day.
Cracked feet or heel fissures, are a common problem for people of all ages, mostly caused by lack of moisture. Other causes include, standing for long hours, cold weather, using harsh soaps, continuous exposure to water, wearing improper footwear and being overweight. Conditions like psoriasis, eczema,diabetes and thyroid disease can also contribute to this problem. Cracked feet are very painful, can lead to infection, and look unattractive, you can take care for this problem with some simple home remedies.
To keep your feet soft and pain-free, here are some steps that you can take at home in order to treat your feet to your own spa day and get them back in tip top shape.
Foot Soak Recipes
The art of foot-soaking has been around for centuries. Soaking your feet in shallow warm water will improve the blood flow and circulation and it will also promote deep relaxation. You will need just 10 minutes each day for soaking your feet. That is one of the most beneficial things you can do to encourage good health and well-being.
Some of the top ingredients to use for your foot soak are:
Epsom Salt – promotes circulation so it facilitates the process of healing cracked feet. Plus, the magnesium in Epsom salt will promote skin health and it will draws out the toxins.
Apple Cider Vinegar – can be used in treating cracked feet, because the acetic acid in vinegar will soften the skin which will make the exfoliation easier. Vinegar foot soaks are very beneficial for tired feet.
Lemon Juice – has natural acidic property that will help you to get rid of dead and dry skin cells from your feet. It will also make your skin to be soft and beautiful.
Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and exfoliating properties, so it has a really special place in DIY beauty treatments. You just need to dilute a cup of ACV in the hot water and enjoy in your bath for at least 10-15 minutes. The more consistently you use this soak, the better looking toenails and softer healthier feet you will have. You can also relieve athlete’s foot with this apple cider vinegar soak, however if your case is severe you will need to use it daily.
Lemon Juice Soak
You need to soak your feet in this solution for about 10 minutes. Than you need to gently scrub your feet with a soft foot brush. After that just wash and dry your feet completely and then apply some moisturizer. You should repeat this a few times a week.
Detox Foot Soak Recipes
There are several recipes to help detoxify your body using foot bath. They are very easy to make and you won’t need a lot of time. They only use two ingredients. Most popular ingredients for detox soak are:
1 Cup Epsom Salts & Warm Water – Soak feet for 20 minutes
Freshly Grated Ginger – Just slice two small ginger roots and pour four cups of hot boiling water over them. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then add the ginger water in your foot bath.
3 Tbsp Baking Soda – Add to the apple cider foot soak above.
½ Cup Clay – Dissolve in warm water
Before Bed Relaxation Foot Soak
Before bed, add lavender oil and ground oats to your foot soak to relax you and help send you off to sleep.
Good Morning Invigorating Foot Soak
In the morning, try adding some natural basil essential oil to your foot soak solution to invigorate your mind and psych you up for the day ahead.
Scrubbing the hard, dead skin away helps a lot in getting rid of cracked feet. Before you start scrubbing, you need to soak your feet in one the foot soak recipes above in order to help you to soften the skin and make it easier. Then you can use a pumice stone to gently scrub off the loosened dead skin. After that rinse your feet with clean water and pat dry with a soft towel. Than you need to moisturize well and wear a pair of clean cotton socks overnight. You just need to follow this remedy daily until your cracked feet are healed completely.
Olive Oil & Lemon Scrub
5 Tbsp. Epsom Salt
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
You can create a foot scrub by all the ingredients together. Apply the foot scrub to your cracked feet. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then you can rinse it off with lukewarm water. You should follow this remedy once or twice a week in order to get positive results.
Oatmeal & Honey Scrub
1 Tbsp Powdered Oatmeal
1/4 Cup Honey
Enough Coconut Oil to make a thick paste
Make the paste by mixing the ingredients and apply it to your feet, with special attention to the heels and callused areas. You should leave it on for about 30 minutes. After that you can rinse it off with cold water and pat dry your feet. You need to do this every other day until your cracked feet are healed completely.
Rice Flour Foot Scrub
1 Tbsp Rice Flour
1/4 Cup Honey
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Enough Coconut Oil to make a thick paste
This paste will help you to remove the dead skin under your feet and it will effectively treat cracked feet.
Best Healing Moisturizers
Coconut oil great remedy for dry, cracked feet or any dry skin area on the body. It helps moisturize, while it also fights fungal and bacterial infections thanks to its strong antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Soak your feet in one of the natural and healing foot soaks that we have mentioned above, then scrub your feet with the pumice stone. After that rinse and dry your feet thoroughly and you can apply coconut oil generously, making sure to focus on the most cracked areas, between the toes and the beds of the nails. You should put on a pair of clean, cotton socks during the night. You should do this daily for several days until you get the desired results.
Apply virgin olive oil on the affected areas of your feet. You should massage the feet with this oil in a firm and circular motion.
Use paraffin wax to remove the dead, dry skin and cure cracked feet. Paraffin wax will also work as a natural emollient to soften the skin and retain the natural oils on the skin.
You need to heat some paraffin wax in a microwave or double-boiler and you need to add an equal amount of mustard oil or coconut oil to it.
You need to apply this thick creamy paste on the cracks and put on a pair of socks.
You should leave it on overnight and you can wash your feet thoroughly in the morning.
You should follow this remedy daily for one or two weeks until you get the desired results.
Glycerin works as a great remedy to heal cracked feet, due to its moisturizing properties. You can make a mixture of equal parts of glycerin and lemon juice. You can also add some rose water if you want.
You can apply the mixture on your feet.
You should leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with water
You should follow this remedy daily for about two weeks until you get the desired results.