We have a long list of different foot problems, and as promised, this article will provide some of the most common foot problems you may encounter and how to treat them using all natural home remedies.
Cracked Heels / Cracked Feet – Cracked heels are a common foot problem of all ages. It is also referred to as heel fissures. It is commonly caused by insufficient moisture. When the sensitive skin on the bottom of the feet and heels becomes too dry, it can split open, leaving painful cracks, especially when walking. Other causes include standing for long hours, cold weather, being overweight, and wearing improper footwear.
Home Remedy: Scrubbing
- Mix some liquid soap in a foot tub filled with warm water.
- Soak your feet in this warm and soapy water for at least 20 minutes.
- Using a pumice stone, gently scrub off loosened dead skin cells.
- Rinse off your feet with clean water and towel dry completely.
- Apply some foot cream or foot moisturizer and put on a pair of socks. Repeat these steps until cracked heels are gone.
Athlete’s Foot – Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection affecting the skin between toes. It occurs when the tinea fungus grows on feet. It is commonly caused by visiting public places like swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms barefoot, sharing socks and shoes with an infected person, keeping feet wet for long hours, and wearing tight-fitting shoes.
Home Remedy: Onion
- Grind two onions and strain the juice using a strainer.
- Wash the affected area with antifungal soap. Apply the onion juice on the affected area. Leave it for a half hour.
- Wash the affected area with lukewarm water and towel dry completely.
- Apply talcum powder to keep the area moisture free.
- Repeat these steps twice a day until athlete’s foot is gone.
Foot Pain – Foot pain refers to any pain or discomfort in your toes, heels, arches, and soles. Foot pain occurs due to medical condition or lifestyle choices such as wearing shoes that don’t fit you, excessive walking, standing for long hours, being overweight, you have calluses and corns, etc.
Home Remedy: Ice Therapy
- Put a small amount of crushed ice in a small plastic bag and use it to massage the affected area in a circular motion.
- The cold temperature will temporarily numb the nerve endings in painful area and give you relief.
- Do not use an ice pack for more than 10 minutes at a time as it can damage the skin and nerves.
Ingrown Toenails – Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem in which the corner side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. It may occur when wearing shoes that crowd your toenails, cutting your toenails too short or not straight across, and having unusual curved toes. Ingrown toenails are painful.
Home Remedy: Foot Soak
- Soak your feet in warm water 3 – 4 times a day. Leaving it for 15 to 20 minutes. Soaking your feet reduces swelling and relieves tenderness.
- Place a cotton or dental floss under your toenail after each soaking. This will help the nail grow above the skin edge.
- Put an antibiotic cream on affected area and bandage the toe.
Foot Corn and Calluses – Corns and calluses are hard thickened areas of the skin that form from rubbing, friction, or pressure on the skin. Corns and calluses on the foot occur when you use ill-fitting shoes, repeated pressure, and improper walking motion.
Home Remedy: Castor and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Fill a basin with hot, soapy water. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar and soak your feet for about 15 minutes.
- Using a pumice stone, scrub the softened calluses. For corns, dab some castor oil on after soaking your feet. Corns should peel away after about 10 days of treatment.