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Fixes for cracked heels and feet

Fixes for cracked heels and feet Fissures, which are often referred to as “cracked heels,” can occasionally cause more significant issues if left untreated. To begin, pay special attention to your feet by moisturizing them at least twice per day.

Look for thick moisturizers (Eucerin, Cetaphil, and others). Some moisturizers, like those with urea, salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acids, have ingredients that soften the skin and help get rid of dead skin. They might sting or irritate you just a little.

Prior to retiring to bed, pay additional attention to your heels: Put your feet in plain or soapy water for about 10 minutes, then pat them dry. Then, use a loofah or foot scrubber to gently exfoliate your heels. This will help remove dead skin. Before putting on a pair of light cotton socks at night, put on a thicker, oil-based cream or petroleum jelly (Vaseline, Aquaphor Healing Ointment, etc.) to help the moisturizer work.

Don’t overlook dry, cracked heels because doing so could lead to deeper fissures and a higher risk of infection. Discuss alternate treatment choices with your doctor if self-care approaches are ineffective.

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