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Healthy Ideas for Cracked Heels and Dry Feet

June 17, 2010

Cracked heels are a common foot problem which is often referred to as heel fissures. For most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem but when the fissures or cracks are deep, they are painful to stand on and the skin can bleed – in severe cases they can become infected.

As a companion post to this month’s Z-CoiL E-Newsletter, I wanted to share with you a recipe for cracked heel balm and some of the other items we have used to combat cracked, dry feet.

Healthy Heels Balm

It seems to be the best way to soften hard, cracked feet is with good ‘ol petroleum jelly. It’s really that simple! The following recipe was created by Mark Montano of TLC fame. He really hit on something when he mixed the petroleum jelly with the peppermint oil! The cooling effects of the peppermint coupled with the soothing effects of the jelly seemed to work wonders on everyone here who has tried the balm.

I hope you enjoy it! Let me know in the comments section how the balm worked for you!


  • ½ cup petroleum jelly
  • 25 drops peppermint oil
  • Small glass container with a screw-on lid
  • Small spoon
  • Pair of socks

How to:

  1. Fill the glass container with the petroleum jelly
  2. Heath the jelly in the microwave for thirty seconds. If the jelly hasn’t melted, continue to microwave in thirty-second intervals, until the jelly is liquefied.
  3. Add in the peppermint oil, and stir well.
  4. Let the mixture harden for a few hours (you can put the container in the fridge to speed up wait time!)
  5. Before you go to bed. Smooth the balm on your feet and wear a pair of socks to bed. You can also put the balm on in the morning, out on your socks and wear all day!

Other than the healthy heels balm, here are a few items we here at Z-CoiL headquarters have found useful to scale back on scaly, cracked feet.


The Gilden Tree Foot Scrubber $9.00

Not only did O Magazine, call this one “the best” but this terra cotta pumice stone is perfect for dry, cracked heels and calluses. You can purchase the Gilden Tree Foot Scrubber at many of our Z-CoiL Locations.

Udderly Smooth® Foot Cream, with shea butter, 8 oz jar $6.50

Udderly Smooth is utterly fantastic! Their foot cream is no exception. The added Shea butter makes this rich cream an even more intensive moisturizer. Add to that the fact that they won Woman’s Day Magazine’s Best in Beauty for 2005 and are recommended by Today’s Health and Wellness Magazine.

MedPeds Moisturizing Socks $4.99

These ultra comfy, ultra fluffy cotton socks come with skin soothing Aloe Vera added right into each sock! So now, you can moisturize while you sleep (add to them the Healing Heel Balm above and you are sure to see smoother feet!). The Aloe lasts up to 25 washes but the socks last for much longer – these are really perfect for weekend lounging around the house.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. patty permalink
    June 20, 2010 3:05 am

    Bag Balm with socks over night will also heal cracked heels very quickly

  2. October 5, 2010 8:01 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe to soothe and cool cracked and dry heels. The Petroleum jelly mixed with the peppermint oil sounds intriguing.

  3. June 6, 2011 12:34 pm

    How about treating the problem—- moisture loss. SoleMates has a moisture retaining internal chamber that heals the problem, and not just the symptom


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