Heels can crack when the skin that covers them becomes dry and does not expand as much as it should when walking.
This is a common problem that is especially dangerous for people who are overweight or obese, have vascular insufficiency, or have diabetes.
Also, consistent pressure while walking can cause heels to bleed, which makes it easier for harmful microorganisms that cause disease and infection to get in.
To avoid this, don’t wear shoes that are too high or too narrow, stay hydrated, eat a balanced and healthy diet, don’t take too many hot baths, don’t scratch your heels if they itch, and use insoles to cushion the blows.
But if you already have cracked heels that hurt and bother you, try these home remedies to feel better.
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a shrub with a short stem and gray-green triangular leaves with small teeth. Inside the leaves is a shiny gel that can help heal cracked heels.
Several studies have shown that this substance has great anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, healing, toning, and deep penetrating effects on the skin. This is because it can hold onto water and contains vitamins A and E.
It also has chemicals like acetylsalicylic acid, auxins, and gibberellins that seem to work as painkillers, numbing agents, and healing agents. This makes it a good choice for healing wounds and cracks in the heels.
To use the healing and protecting properties of aloe vera on cracked heels, you must first soak your feet in warm water and then rub them gently with a pumice stone or loofah to remove any dead skin.
Then wash and dry it well (If your heels are cracked, you should always dry them by tapping them gently. Never rub them, as this can make things worse.)
Put on socks and put a thick layer of aloe vera gel on the heels (preferably cotton but can also be wool).
Leave overnight, then rinse with lukewarm water the next day. Every day or every other day, do this again.