How to Treat and Cure Dry Cracked Heels on Your Feet

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Stop hiding your feet after you treat your dry heels.
Stop hiding your feet after you treat your dry heels. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Dry, cracked heels can be painful. You may feel like hiding your feet, even when it's hot enough to wear sandals. Not to worry, there are some simple things you can do to make your heels smooth and healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Foot file
  • Pumice stone
  • Moisturizer

Exfoliate using a foot file. Use your foot file when your feet are completely dry. Use a back and forth filing motion to rub the dry, cracked areas. Do this over a towel, because you'll get a lot of dead skin powder coming off your feet.

Use a pumice stone. Natural pumice stones are an excellent way to exfoliate and treat dry cracked heels. Unlike the foot file, a pumice stone must be used when your feet are wet. Use a filing motion to scrape off dead skin. Use your pumice stone at the end of your shower, when the skin on your feet has been softened.

Use a thick moisturizer on your heels every day. Use cocoa butter or a thick, emollient body butter moisturizer. It's best to apply this when the skin is slightly damp, such as after a shower. Moisturizers help retain moisture in the skin, so having the skin a little damp will allow the moisturizer to retain that moisture. Apply liberally, and cover your feet with cotton socks. Leave for several hours, or overnight.

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