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What Can Be Done for Cracked Heels?

By Meghan Bramer, MMS, PA-C

Do you have dry, cracked skin on the bottom of your feet?

Many people suffer from this chronic and uncomfortable condition, which can worsen during the winter. It usually occurs with severely dry skin, and causes thick, hard, and deeply cracked skin on the heels of the feet. Once the skin gets rough enough, it can also be painful and irritating. This cracked skin can also increase your risk of infection, making it much more challenging and important to treat.

There are some things that you can do at home to help. Start by taking quick, warm showers (instead of long, hot showers), and then exfoliate the bottom of your feet using a pumice stone. The pumice stone will help to remove the dead skin cells making your feet softer and allow a moisturizer to be more effective. After getting out of the shower, pat dry your skin and apply a thick emollient cream while the skin is still damp, like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream or Aquaphor Ointment. Then cover your feet with socks.

If these measures are taken and you are still not seeing results, it may be time to see a dermatologist. There are other prescription medications that can be used for further treatment. Also, it is important to get this evaluated because it could be another condition, like a plantar wart or athlete’s foot that may need a different kind of treatment.

Remember, once the rough skin is gone, it is important to keep up with your exfoliating and moisturizing regimen.


Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health

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