Cracked dry heels are a common foot problem and can be challenging to control. Often worsened with winter weather and use of sandals. Cracked heels are commonly caused by dry skin. The symptoms are worse when the skin around the rim of the heel is thick (callus), which is where the fissures typically occur.
Causes of Cracked Heels
In some cases you may have naturally dry skin that increases the risk cracking and dry skin. Conditions such as diabetes can increase your risk. Callous that forms around the heel is prone to cracking due to mechanical sheer forces that increase pressures around the margins of the heel.
Step-by-Step Instructions to Treat Cracked Heels and Dry Skin on the Feet
Attempt this home treatment plan for 3 weeks. If you haven’t seen improvement in that time, please make and appointment to see one of our specialists:
- Soak your feet or take a bath or shower before bed,
- Apply a deep penetrating exfoliator and moisturizer: One option readily available is Kerasal Professional Exfoliating Moisturizing Foot Ointment. Kerasal is an extra-strength formula that repairs severely cracked heels and softens even the roughest, driest feet. Apply after bathing. 40% urea in a variety of creams and lotions is very effective and now more readily available.
- Cover the foot with a moisture barrier sock such as Silipos gel therapy socks. Wear the sock overnight. The gel is hypoallergenic, does not support bacterial growth and has been dermatologist tested. These work to keep the lotion against the skin and helping to reduce evaporation or absorption by the bedcovers or regular socks.
- An alternative would be to use this Soft Skin Heel Sleeve. Cover the foot at night with this heel sleeve that leaves the toes exposed.
- Use the moisturizer and sock every night for 2 weeks.Then use them once or twice per week to prevent the return of dry skin and fissures.
- Remove the dry and thick skin regularly: Every other day for the first two weeks remove some of the thick skin. Use Pumice Stones or emery boards to assist in exfoliating the skin the first few weeks.
- Use a rotary tool such as the PediNova Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit to thin the callus. A dremel tool and diamond burr could also be employed.