Natural remedies for cracked heels

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Fritz,

GOOD day to you and to all the other staff at Sun.Star Davao. I’ve been following your column for more than a year now. I find your contribution very educational and had helped me a lot in several ways in the past as it served to enlighten me with some of the hoaxes I’ve known before which you have corrected. Now, I’m writing you because of my cracked heels. The truth is, I find my heels embarrassing since my boyfriend told me how cracked my heels are. I also find them painful. I want some natural remedies. I want to try this first before resorting to the conventional medical treatment for cracked heels.

I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks a lot.


Ariba Aruba

Dear Ariba Aruba,

Thanks a lot for the support. Your words serve as my inspiration to keep up with my job and make it even better – even if the rough gets going.

I understand your embarrassment with your boyfriend’s remarks on your cracked heels. But, don’t worry dear, here’s the help you’ve been looking for.

1. Lemon foot mask

You have to heal first your heels to kick off your journey. Here’s how to do this mask:

Take a basin of warm water. Then, dip your feet. Add some raw salt, lemon juice, glycerine or sugar alcohol and rose water. Soak your feet in this mixture for about 15-20 minutes. After that, use pumice stone or scrubber and scrub your heels and sides of the foot. Now, mix 1 tsp of undiluted glycerine, 1 tsp of rose water and 1 tsp of lemon juice and apply this concoction over your cracked heels. Wear a pair of socks and leave this overnight. Wash this off in the morning. You can repeat this after 2 to 3 days until your heels are soft and healed.

2. Vegetable oil or olive oil

Wash your feet and dry them. Now, apply the vegetable oil or olive oil on your cracked heels. Wear socks and leave them overnight. Wash them off in the morning and repeat after 2 to 3 days to heal your feet.

3. Banana and avocado foot mask

Get a ripe banana and apply the pulp over your cracked heels and leave them on for about 10 minutes. Then, wash them off.

You can also add some twist by adding half of an avocado or the flesh of half of green coconut to the half of your ripe banana. Blend them in a blender. Then, apply this over your cracked heels. Leave them on for about 10 minutes and wash.

4. Vaseline and lemon or calamansi juice mix in

Wash and dry your feet. Then, soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes and let them dry. Now, get 1 tsp of Vaseline and 1 tsp of lemon or calamansi juice. Apply this mixture over your cracked heels and rub them until they’re fully absorbed. Let it stay overnight and wear socks and wash it off in the morning.

As much as there are still a lot of concoctions that can help your cracked heels, but, we’re running out of space for now, then, let me continue this on my next issue. Until then!

Dr. Fritz

(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sun.Star-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to Sorry that we cannot answer all your questions. Thank you for your understanding.)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 22, 2014.


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