Cracked heels: how to remove them with coconut oil

cracked heels

If complications are noticed in the heels, for example bleeding, it is necessary to see a specialist.

According to the specialized portal Podoactiva , the skin of the feet has different characteristics from that of the rest of the body, since it has a greater quantity of adipose cells, which make it thicker to resist continuous rubbing when walking.

Likewise, unlike the skin on the cheeks, for example, it does not have many fatty substances, so problems such as cracked heels that dry and tear the skin due to its lack of elasticity and hydration can occur.

In severe cases, this type of condition can hurt and even bleed. If these symptoms are present, it is necessary to see a specialist who prescribes the appropriate treatment.

When cracked heels have mild symptoms, the Mayo Clinic indicates that they should not be ignored , “because over time, you can develop deeper cracks, which increase the risk of infection.”

Therefore, the Mejor con Salud portal explained how to use coconut oil as a natural remedy with which it is possible to reduce this condition and, in some cases, eliminate it.

How to apply it:

  • Apply a good amount of the product so that the skin on the heels, which is normally dry, is deeply hydrated.
  • Wear cotton socks throughout the night so that the oil acts while you are sleeping.
  • Wash in the morning and repeat the treatment every day.

In addition to coconut oil, there are other homemade products with which it is possible to reduce cracked heels. The portal MujerDe10 listed some of them:

  1. Aloe vera:because it is considered one of the best plants for dermal use , it is enough to clean the feet, remove the dead cells from the heels with a pumice stone, apply the aloe vera gel and leave it to act all day evening.
  2. Sugar and honey:the sugar must be melted in a water bath, heat the honey in a separate container, integrate three tablespoons of the melted sugar with the honey and apply to the heels. Leave on for 20 minutes, wash with lukewarm water, apply moisturizing cream when finished and put on some socks.
  3. Cucumber:thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties , it is widely used on the skin, especially in the eyes. On this occasion, for dry heels, you have to blend a cucumber together with two tablespoons of olive oil and a little honey or yogurt. Afterwards, you must apply to the area and wrap it with a bag. After 20 minutes it can be removed with water.

It should be noted that, in addition to the above products, there are other elements with which it is possible to combat cracked heels. For example, experts recommend moisturizing at least twice a day and paying special attention before going to sleep. The Mayo Clinic advises soaking your feet in plain or soapy water for about 10 minutes, then patting them dry.

Subsequently, they should be rubbed with a sponge to remove dead skin. It is advisable to apply an oil-based or Vaseline cream and put on stockings to help this product stay on the skin and take effect.

Also, the specialized medium Medical News Today stated that sodium bicarbonate can help regenerate heel tissue. According to a study by Mycopathology, cited by the same portal, “sodium bicarbonate has antifungal capabilities when used on the skin.”

To use this product, it is enough to put about half a cup of baking soda in a container with warm water. Feet should be soaked for 20 minutes, twice a day. When drying the feet, they should not be rinsed, so the benefits will be better seen.

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