Using Vinegar on Cracked Heels

vinegar on cracked heels

Using Vinegar on Cracked Heels

Most people typically use vinegar as a cooking ingredient. However, using vinegar on cracked heels is useful in remedying dry and cracked heels. One part of white vinegar, when mixed with two parts of warm water, can be used as a soak for the feet. You can use a pumice stone to scrub the dead skin after soaking for 20-25 minutes. Mixing white vinegar with curd creates a solution that removes dead skin while filling in the cracks. You can also mix white vinegar with warm water and sheer or cocoa butter to create a mixture that can be rubbed onto the heels. Apple cider vinegar is another type of vinegar that is useful against cracked heels. And, when mixed with two parts warm water can create another soak for the feet to remedy dry skin.

The Truth about Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and they make it harder for you to walk around in sandals. Not only do they look bad, but they can also tear stockings and socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

But, how do you get them? Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role in getting cracked heels as well.

How to Promote Healing

In addition to using vinegar on cracked heels, there are several other ways to promote healing for dry and cracked heels. Over-the-counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or for those who suffer from chronic dry feet. Similarly, wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture so they can stay on longer. In addition, applying moisturizer both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking. And, you can use pumice stones to remove dead skin. Then you can massage cream onto your foot. Removing the dead skin allows the cream to be absorbed.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot HealthCare Associates. Our doctors will tend to all of your foot and ankle needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Livonia, Southfield / Bingham Farms, Novi, and Howell, Michigan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs including dry cracked heels.