- Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes. This will help to soften the skin and make it easier to remove dead skin cells.
- Use a pumice stone or foot file to gently remove dead skin from your heels. Be careful not to overdo it, as you can irritate your skin.
- Apply a thick moisturizer to your heels. Look for a moisturizer that contains urea, salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs), as these ingredients can help to exfoliate the skin and soften calluses.
- Put on a pair of socks to help keep the moisturizer in place. You can do this overnight for extra hydration.
If your cracked heels are severe, you may need to see a doctor or podiatrist for treatment. They may recommend a prescription medication, such as a urea cream or a keratolytic agent, to help exfoliate the skin and speed up healing.
Here are some additional tips to help prevent cracked heels:
- Avoid taking long, hot showers or baths. This can dry out your skin.
- Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser.
- Moisturize your feet regularly, especially after bathing.
- Wear supportive shoes that fit well. Avoid flip-flops and open-back sandals, as these can put extra pressure on your heels.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
If you have any concerns about your cracked heels, or if they do not improve with home treatment, please see a doctor or podiatrist.