Fix Cracked Heels: 3 Powerful Home Remedies, Causes and Prevention

Why live with cracked heels when you can fix them almost overnight. And if left untreated, cracked heels may progress further, cause bleeding, get infected and impair moment. If your condition has already progressed into infection, please contact a dermatologist for proper medical advice.

In this Chlorine post, we will briefly describe cracked heels as a medical condition, major causes that make the skin on the heels to break, 3 best home remedies to treat cracked heels at home, and all the proper ways to prevent the condition in the future. So, if you often have to deal with cracked heels, this post is just for you. Stick with me till the end and you will get rid of cracked heels once and for all.

What are cracked heels?

Cracked heels or heel fissures is a medical condition where the skin on the heels gets dryer, grows thicker and brittle, splits apart, and cracks under the body weight. In this foot condition, one or more vertical cracks appear on the edge of the heel sometimes followed by yellow or brown calluses.

How concerned should you be?

Most often, the only problem with cracked heels is it’s appearance. If your cracked heels cause no pain, don’t bleed, and if you are not concerned about how rough your heels look, there is nothing you should be concerned about. That being said, sometimes the condition may get more severe. The cracks may grow deeper and cause bleeding and pain. So, why give it a chance when you can fix it at home.

Common causes of cracked heels

While there may be other causes behind heel fissures, following are the most common factors that may cause the condition:

  1. Aging
  2. Extended time on foot.
  3. Obesity.
  4. Mineral deficiency.
  5. Dry cold weather.
  6. Poor shoe fitting.

The 3 best home remedies to fix cracked heels

These 3 home remedies are the most effective of all when it comes to healing cracked heels. Use the one that is easy for you to make, ingredients readily available.

1. Mustard Oil Vaseline Paste

This is one of best home remedies you can employ to completely get rid of cracked heels. It’s a perfect moisturizing and nourishing mixture for your heels that you can apply every day.


You would need:

  • A bowl
  • Mustard oil.
  • Vaseline
  • Vitamin E oil (optional, as mustard oil is also rich in vitamin E)
  • White candle (paraffin wax, acts as emollient)

How to make?

  1.  Add 50 ml of mustard oil to a medium sized bowl.
  2. Cut the white candle into 4 pieces and add it to the oil.
  3. Use double boiling process to heat the oil until the candle melts.
  4. Remove the oil from heating, add 1 tbs Vaseline and 2 capsules/4 drops of vitamin E oil and mix well with a spoon.
  5. Your awesome cracked heel paste is ready.

How to use?

Take a small amount of paste on your finger and apply it to the affected area. Massage the area with your fingers to ensure the paste reaches all the cracks.Transfer the remaining paste to a container and place it in a cool area, your fridge should be the ideal place.

How often should you use this?

Use until the condition is fixed. You can also use this mixture everyday to keep your heels moisturized and healthy. Another great thing about this paste is it’s extended shelf life of 3 months.

How does this work?

The mustard oil supplies vitamin E, opens up pores, exfoliates and moisturizes the skin. Vaseline, besides it’s healing properties is an appreciated moisturizer. Paraffin wax from candle works as a great emollient.

2. Rice flour, honey, ACV combo

Another great home remedy to heal heel fissures. This remedy is super easy to make and uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

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What would you need?

  • 3 tbs of rice (ground)
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 3 drops of ACV (Apple cider vinegar)
  • 4 drops of olive/mustard oil. (Your normal cooking oil will also work just fine)

How to make?

  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well to make a thick paste.
  2. That’s it, your home remedy is ready.

How to use?

Soak your feet in lukewarm water for 5 minutes. gently scrub your heels with the paste. Let the scrub sit for up to 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

How often should you use this?

You can use this everyday until you get rid of cracked heels. After the condition is fixed, you may still want to use this skin nourishing scrub twice a week.

How does it work?

Besides it’s sun-screening properties, rice flour also purifies, exfoliates, and remineralizes the skin. Honey is a natural healing and soothing agent. It also locks the moisture into the skin and makes it softer. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It also promotes blood flow to the skin.

You may also like to read:  Lavender salt bath for skin rejuvenation and healing.

3. Banana-honey Paste

Another simple but effective home remedy for heel fissures is the Banana-honey paste. You just need a ripe banana and a spoon of raw honey.

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What would you need?

  • 1 ripe banana (Make sure the banana is ripe, unripe bananas contain unwanted acids)
  • 1 tsp of honey (preferably raw)

What to do?

  1. Mash the banana into a paste. Add your honey and mix well. That’s all.

How to use?

Rub the paste all over the affected areas. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse with water. Alternatively, you can rub your entire feet with the paste including your nail beds to give your feet a softening and nourishing treat.

How often should you use this?

This is a great mixture to keep your heels soft, disinfected, and healthy. Use the mixture until your heels are healed.

How does it work?

Both honey and banana are natural skin moisturizers. The combo also provides the skin with essential vitamins like vitamin A, B6, and C. Honey is popularly known for it’s healing power.

How to prevent cracked heels?

Heel fissures don’t appear out of the blue. If there is no special underlying medical condition that may cause the problem, the things that may cause it are obvious. Here are some simple preventative measure you may need to take:

  1. Wear closed footwear.
  2. Avoid extended time in water.
  3. Stay hydrated in summer, wear thick socks in winter.
  4. Add foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Oily fish, eggs, walnuts, dark green leafy vegetables, and chia seeds are a good source.
  5. Apply a natural moisturizer like honey, mustard oil, coconut oil, or a good skin moisturizing cream once in a while.
  6. Avoid skincare products that are rich in alcohol content.

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