Unlike the rest of the body, the skin on the feet has no oil glands. Instead, it keeps the feet moisturized through thousands of sweat glands.
However, dry and cracked feet, a condition also known as heel fissures, can occur among people who fail to adhere to proper foot hygiene. Seniors and those with medical conditions, such as diabetes or athlete’s foot are also more prone to dry and scaly skin.
Causes and Symptoms
Cracked feet occur among men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds. The cause is often due to lack of moisture, which can occur due to the following factors:
- Cold weather
- Prolonged exposure to water
- Wearing tight and ill-fitting footwear
- Use of harsh and abrasive soaps
- Thyroid disease
Signs of dry feet include flaky and peeling skin, itchiness, pain, redness and bleeding from the cracks. Cracked feet can be visually unattractive and make you conscious or think twice about wearing open-toed shoes. In extreme cases, it can even lead to infection or cause extreme pain and discomfort.
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Natural Home Remedies for Treating Dry Feet
Always consult a doctor if dry feet are causing serious discomfort or if you suspect it may be infected. Otherwise, most cases are relatively mild and can be treated at home with simple home remedies that can be prepared in your bath or kitchen.
Before turning in for the night, fill a bucket with lukewarm water and liquid soap. Soak your feet in the water for about 20 minutes. This will loosen the dead skin cells, which you can scrub off using a pumice stone.
When you are done, be sure to thoroughly dry your feet with a towel and apply some moisturizer or foot cream, and wear a pair of dry socks when you go to bed. Repeat this process every night until the symptoms completely dissipate.
Drink Plenty of Water
Cracked feet are also a sign of dehydration. This is why you should follow the old adage to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Good old H2O helps keep your skin soft and supple.
Along with your daily water intake, you can also add more water to your diet by consuming more fruits, vegetables and other foods high in water content. Also try to avoid caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea as well as alcohol, all of which can cause dehydration.
Create a Banana and Avocado Foot Mask
Blend a ripe banana and avocado to a pulp. Use the resulting paste to create a foot mask and apply it for 15 minutes. When you’re done, rinse your feet with warm water, and your feet should feel a lot smoother and silkier.
This treatment works so well because bananas and avocados contain a plethora of essential oils, vitamins and minerals for keeping the skin moisturized. Alternatively, you may choose to use a papaya in place of a banana.
Make a Foot Mask with Raw Honey
One simple remedy is to add honey to warm water and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes. However, you can also elect to create a foot mask by mixing honey with rice flour, olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
When you remove the paste, be sure to rinse your feet with warm water, apply moisturizer and massage your feet gently. Be sure to only use pure honey and avoid brands that come with fillers or other artificial ingredients.
Use a Foot Mask Made from Oatmeal
Just as you can make a foot mask with bananas and honey, you can also create one using oatmeal as a base ingredient. Add one tablespoon of powdered oatmeal mixed with jojoba oil to create a thick paste that you can apply on heavily callused areas of your feet.
Leave the paste on for about half an hour before rinsing your feet with cold water. This treatment can be swapped on alternate days with several of the other aforementioned methods.
Glycerin is a type of sugar alcohol with multiple pharmaceutical applications. It can also be used in one of two ways to heal dry feet. The first method is to mix glycerin with rosewater and apply it on the feet daily for two weeks.
The second option is to add the glycerol in water along with lemon juice and raw salt. Soak your feet in the water for 10 minutes and scrub the soles of your feet with a pumice stone afterwards. When you are done, apply raw glycerin to the feet and put on a pair of clean socks. Following this remedy for about a week is usually sufficient to remove visible traces of cracking.
For a super simple treatment that doesn’t require the mixing of any ingredients, simply apply petroleum jelly to your feet and wear a pair of socks to lock in the moisture.
Do this right before bedtime, and your feet should feel much softer the next morning. If you don’t mind a little preparation, then you can mix the petroleum jelly with lemon juice and apply it the same way.
95% of Dry Feet Are Treatable With Home Remedies
Cracked feet are mostly due to lack of moisture. You can apply one or a combination of the above treatment options to remedy the problem. In most cases, the dryness will go away within a week or two of daily application.
However, if the problem persists or if you experience severe pain, itching or other discomfort, then visit your local podiatrist. A doctor can diagnose the problem and recommend a more advanced form of treatment.
Even if your feet resemble the jagged edges and terrain of a barren landscape due to the cracks and peeling, it is still possible to attain beautiful feet by following a few simple remedies that naturally restore moisture and lock it in. You’ll be wearing sandals again in no time.