The feet make up a part of the body that undergoes constant abuse and experience excessive injury as such. One common sign of overuse and inattention to the feet are cracked heels; however, these are not the only causes of rough, dry, cracked heels. Natural remedies like coconut oil and apple cider vinegar, in addition to omega three supplements, can help heal cracked heel issues.
Medically termed Heel fissures, cracked heels are considered regular linear cut wounds that generally affect the surface level of the skin, otherwise known as the epidermis. With excessive wear and cracking, the wounds may expand as far as the dermis or cause outward spreading of the skin and feet.
Additional symptoms often accompany the telltale cracks indicative of heel fissures. Other common symptoms include red or flaky skin patches, peeling skin, itchy skin, and bleeding or discharge from the cracks or wounds. While not typical, cracked heels may also be accompanied by fungus or other infection.
A number of factors have been identified as causes of cracked heels. The most common causes include naturally dry or thick skin, prolonged daily standing, and excessive weight on the feet including obesity. Disease and skin disorders are also linked to heel cracks, including athlete’s foot, psoriasis and eczema. Additional health concerns and dietary issues may also be to blame in some cases. Thyroid disease, diabetes, vitamin and mineral deficiency, and unhygienic circumstances can also cause heel fissures.
Natural Cracked Heel Remedies
Proper foot hygiene and treatment is the most effective remedy for treating cracked heels. An effective regimen involves filing the rough heels with a fine emery board or file, soaking them in diluted peroxide or apple cider vinegar, exfoliating the foot with a gentle scrub like sea salt and olive oil, and applying a thick oil to the feet such as Vaseline. Additional treatment options include castile soap, borax, coconut oil, and shortening. Kelp and magnesium oil are also effective options for replenishing the skin’s natural nutrients and healing cracked feet.