Suggestions for Cracked Dry Heels?

my heels are very very cracked and dryto the point it is hard to walk sometimes. would this product help remove the dry, cracked, peeling skin.

Doctor Answers 3

Dry, cracked skin of heels

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There are many prescription topical creams, foams and lotions available for dry, cracked heel skin.  Most of these contain urea and some contain lactic acid or glycolic acid. Some over the counter remedies include Glytone Heel Cream, AmLactin Lotion, Savannah Bee Company Hand Balm (but good for heels!) If these are not helpful, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, applied thickly to heels with socks worn overnight is usually very effective.  This should be repeated nightly until your heels are healing and more comfortable.  You could then decrease the frequency of application.

Charlotte Dermatologic Surgeon

Dry peeling cracked skin of the heel

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You should see a board-certified dermatologist to determine if this is xerosis (dryness), frictional fissures, hormone depletion, fungal infection, or a side effect from medication.  If it is normal dry cracking skin, your doctor may prescribe on of the lactic acid prescriptions or combinations of urea, lactic and salicylic acids work very well (Lac Hydrin, AmLactin, Kerol, and Carmol and others).

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

What product?

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What product do you have a question about? There are several things for dry cracked heels. If you do not have access to a dermatologist for prescription medications like sal. acid you can try some home remedies. You can soak for 20 minutes in water, towel dry, apply a good thick moisturizer like cetaphil cream, put your feet in damp socks and dry ones on top. Do this for  a couple of hours every night. It will help. As you improve, cut back on treatment 

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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