How to Get Rid of Dry, Cracked Heels

Don't hide your heels -- coddle them so you can show them off.
Don't hide your heels -- coddle them so you can show them off. (Image: IT Stock/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Poor-fitting shoes, rough use, genetics and aging can all contribute to dry skin on your heels. These callused areas are unsightly and can even lead to cracked skin, bleeding and infection. Take good care of your feet and banish that dry, cracked skin on your heels.

Things You'll Need

  • Foot file
  • Foot moisturizer
  • Cotton socks

Soak your feet in warm water, or take a little extra time in the shower. The water will soften your heels' dry skin and make exfoliation easier.

Rub your heels with a foot file or a pumice stone. Rub gently and in smooth strokes, going in only one direction. The file or stone will exfoliate the dead, dry skin on your heels.

Rinse your heels with clear water to remove all the loose flakes of skin.

Apply a specially formulated foot cream or moisturizer. Look for a product with a thick, substantial texture.

Put on a pair of thick cotton socks immediately. Keep the socks on for an hour or more to let your heels absorb the moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • When performing Step 1, be careful not to file too harshly. Use a light pressure only so as not to damage the healthy skin underneath.

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