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Mayo Clinic

At-home treatments can often heal dry, cracked heels

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My heels get very dry and cracked, and are sometimes painful. What can I do to help make them better?

ANSWER: There are several things you can do to help heal the skin on your heels. Cracked heels usually develop when the skin around the rim of the heel is dry and thickened and increased pressure applied to the fat pad under the heel causes the skin to split. To prevent this, moisturize often. Moisturizers provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping and your skin from drying out. Try rubbing your heels with a thick moisturizer, such as Eucerin or Cetaphil, several times a day. Some moisturizers contain keratolytic agents -- such as urea, salicylic...