They don’t make for a pretty sight, and that’s not even the half of it; if left unattended, cracked heels or heel fissures can lead to degeneration and erosion of the skin cells, and in extreme cases, even cause bleeding. The problem could be your footwear (or lack thereof), dry air, poor foot hygiene, or an unhealthy diet.

If you’ve had enough of grating your feet across the floor, pick a sole-mate from these DIYs to repair the damages:

Natural Oil
You can choose from coconut, sesame or olive oil to moisturize your heels.
Get To It: Before you hit the sack, gently scrub your sole with a rough towel to get rid of the dead cells. Then, pick either oil and use it to generously massage your feet, especially lathering the heel. Wear a pair of socks, so that the oil penetrates into the skin overnight. Wash off the oil the next morning with a moisturizing soap or shower gel.

Rice Scrub
This mix will help remove dead cells and nourish the skin at the same time.
Get To It: Take a handful of rice flour; add equal parts of honey and apple cider vinegar till it becomes a thick paste. If the heels are in really bad condition, consider adding a teaspoon of olive oil to the mix. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then gently scrub the feet with the rice flour paste for five to 10 minutes.


Lemon Extract
The acids in the lemon act as an anti-bacterial lotion, which also has a softening effect on the heels.
Get To It: Take a liter of warm water (but not hot water as it will further dry the skin), and then squeeze an entire lemon into it. Soak your feet in the solution for 10-15 minutes. Finally, scrub with a pumice stone, pat dry, and use a moisturizer to seal it all in.

Apart from these home solutions, you could opt for a professional pedicure or try our at-home foot spa instead.