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How to Prevent and Heal Cracked Heels

How to Heal Cracked Heels

Wearing flip-flops and walking barefoot may be one of your favorite things about Summer weather, but unfortunately it can damage the skin on your feet. The constant exposure to air dries out your delicate skin, creating calluses. The pressure of pounding your feet on the ground when you walk or run exasperates the issue and causes heel fissures, or cracks in the skin. If you continue to walk or run, the cracks can split open and become deeper, which can lead to bleeding and infection. Aside from not looking the prettiest, they are also really painful.

Here's what you can do to heal your cracked heels and prevent fissures in the first place.

To heel your fissures, you must get rid of the dry skin on your feet. If you're heading to the beach, you can naturally remove dry skin by walking barefoot along the shoreline in the wet sand. Also try this home spa treatment: Before going to bed, soak your feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then scrub your heels and other dry areas with a pumice stone, being careful not to irritate the cracked areas. It will gently slough off dead skin cells, revealing smoother skin. If you already have small cracks, be careful not to irritate those areas. Rinse off your feet, pat them dry, then liberally apply foot cream, salve, body butter, or another thick moisturizer. Slip on a pair of socks, and you'll wake up to happier feet. Repeat this process until all the cracks are gone.

If neither of these remedies is working because the skin on your feet is extremely dry or you already have a big crack, make an appointment with a podiatrist. The doctor can help get rid of the hard, dry skin on your feet so that your fissure can heal. If you're an avid runner and are suffering from a deep heel fissure, pounding your feet will only make it worse, so switch to walking until your cracked skin is under control.

To prevent heel fissures in the first place, wear shoes that cover your feet to help keep the skin moist (yes, even in the Summer). Drink lots of water throughout the day to help moisturize your body from the inside out. And if you live in a dry area, use a humidifier in your home to moisturize the air. Continue using a pumice stone in the shower a few times a week, and don't forget to moisturize your feet daily.

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mariiaca mariiaca 4 years
I use FootEver Young cream. I recently found it a couple of weeks ago and I LOVE it! I honestly had really dry feet, and had gone through countless of creams and lotions. But this is the one that did the trick for me. I actually went and bough some for my mom and best friend, and they seem to love it as well. Their website is The pumice stone also worked well on my heels.
Kim-Foster-MD Kim-Foster-MD 6 years
The best cure for cracked heels that I know of (and what the dermatologists I've worked with always recommend): LacHydrin lotion. You can usually get it at drug stores, but it doesn't come in a fancy package, doesn't have any "organic" ingredients or an exotic's just plain old lactic acid lotion. The lactic acid breaks down all the dead skin cells and sloughs those layers off. If you've got deep cracks the acid may sting a little, so go easy, but essentially that means it's doing its thing.
goldie5 goldie5 8 years
U can use veseline petrolium jelly and wear socks to sleep in for a few nights or you can also try bag balm, found at drug store also.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I use Eucerin Aquafor for my cracked heels and it works really well!
ally14 ally14 8 years
Thank you for this post!! I have a cracked heel right now but it's getting better. I got it from walking in uncomfortable shoes..
TeresaB81 TeresaB81 8 years
Never had fissures but sounds like it really sux. At least I know what to do if I ever start having this problem.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
If you want to wear flip-flops.. you have to do the work. I have a routine that I do, nearly every week. I fill the bathtub about 3 inches deep with really warm water. I let them soak for at least 5 minutes. Then I scrub them with an exfoliating foot scrub, let them soak a little longer, and dry them off. Then I use the Ped Egg (or something similar) to get off all the excess dry skin & then moisturize and put on thin cotton socks. If you keep them in check, you won't end up getting fissures. I have had them before, and they hurt so badly. I also get real dry skin on my big toe and the ball of the foot directly under my big toe, so I try to keep up with this.. it keeps everything in check!
Advah Advah 8 years
I found that cuticles balm really keeps heels smooth and moisturised.
shannon625 shannon625 8 years
My heels started cracking last summer. I healed them by moisturizing morning and night and wearing socks all the time until the cracks healed. I still use foot cream every night and wear socks to bed. I tried a couple different balms and creams; Flexitol Heel Balm worked the best for me.
AmandaG AmandaG 8 years
They hurt bad, in ballet we called them dance splits. We all got them on the balls of our feet. Some times they would bleed though our toe shoes, gross!
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