10 Home Remedies for Dry and Cracked Feet | Q&A

Q: I’m handicapped and I have extremely dry feet. I have used lotions and creams but they don’t seem to work. What is the best remedy to moisturize my feet?

A: Dear R, Our feet have naturally dry skin because, unlike the skin on the rest of our body, it has no oil or sebaceous glands. Thus, the sweat glands do all the work to keep them moisturized. If your disability is preventing you the use of your lower limbs, it is also likely that the sweat glands are functioning less. People who are sedentary and do not walk or exercise a lot like the elderly, disabled, as well as those who have diabetes and athlete’s foot are also bound to suffer more from dry feet and cracked heels. Proper moisturizing is important to prevent the skin in the feet from excessively drying.

Dry skin in the feet can range in severity from mild to severe. Worry not because there are ways to keeping your feet moisturized inexpensively and safely.

Home Remedies for Dry Feet

HOME REMEDIES FOR DRY OR CRACKED FEET

1. Lemon Juice – The extract from lemon is acidic that can help soften dead and dry skin skin for easy exfoliation. Soak your feet in water with lemon juice for about 10 minutes. Use loofah or foot brush to scrub your feet, but don’t do this when there are cuts or wounds in your feet. [1]

2. Lemon-Lavender Oil Mix – Make a mixture of a spoonful of olive oil and a few drops of lemon or lavender. Blend well and apply on the feet.

3. Vinegar Soak – Make a mixture of water, a cup of white vinegar and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Soak your feet for about 30 minutes. Pat them dry, apply lotion for dry skin and put on a pair of socks. [2]

4. Baking Soda Soak – If you do not like the smell of vinegar, add a half cup of baking soda in a gallon of warm water. Use it just like you used the vinegar solution

5. Honey – If your feet arte severely dry, you can add a cup of honey to a gallon or warm water. Soak your feet in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes or longer if your feet are very dry. Soaking can aid in improving blood flow to your feet. [3]

6. Petroleum Jelly – Generously apply and massage petroleum jelly all over your feet. Aside from moisturizing your feet and sealing the moisture in the skin, it also fosters healing. Don a pair of socks afterwards. Do this at night and wash in the morning.

7. Epsom salts – Soaking your feet in an Epsom salt solution for 15 minutes can help to moisturize dry skin of your feet and heels because of its magnesium.[4]

8. Oil-based Moisturizer – Any moisturizer will do just apply good thick layer of lotion.

9. Peppermint Oil for Feet – Peppermint oil is an antiseptic and stimulant. Adding a few drops of this oil to your favorite lotion can help invigorate sore feet as well as kill the bacteria that effectively minimize the chances for infection in cracked feet. But, if you’re pregnant or lactating, talk with your doctor first before applying peppermint oil.[5]

10.Oatmeal-Jojoba Oil Foot Scrub – Mix oatmeal and jojoba oil to make a mixture and apply to the feet. These two ingredients have great moisturizing properties for up to 30 minutes. Wash with cool water and pat your feet dry.

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