How To Heal Your Dry, Cracked Heels In Time For Sandal Season

Sandal season is almost upon us. And if your feet look anything like mine, you aren’t ready to bare them to the world. 

Since I haven’t had a pedicure since Covid (gross, I know), my tootsies are in rough shape. Literally – they are so rough that I can scratch my legs with my cracked heels. Which, while convenient, is disgusting. 

They need some serious TLC and I’m almost out of time to get them flip-flop ready, but it’s doable…with some help from pro products. 

And while my dry dogs were caused by neglect, there are some medical conditions that can cause cracked heels, so always talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you’re regularly moisturizing and the condition persists. 

According to WebMD, these conditions include: 

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Eczema

  • Hypothyroidism, in which your thyroid doesn’t make enough of certain hormones

  • Juvenile plantar dermatosis, a skin condition in young children

  • Sjögren’s syndrome, a chronic condition that prevents your body from producing enough moisture

  • Athlete’s foot, a fungal infection

  • Flat feet

  • Heel spurs, bone protrusions on the bottom of your heel

How to Treat Cracked Heels at Home

Dry feet and cracked heels can be repaired at home with these simple steps, says WebMD. 

  • Rest your feet in soapy water for 20 minutes.

  • Gently scrub with a loofah or pumice stone to remove the thick, hard skin on your heels.

  • Dry your feet thoroughly.

  • Apply a heavy moisturizer, such as petroleum jelly, to your dry feet.

  • Put on a pair of thick socks to keep the moisturizer in place.‌

  • Moisturize your feet at least twice daily. You can buy over-the-counter moisturizers with ingredients that help remove the dead skin on your heels or retain moisture. 

Keep scrolling for our list of everything you need to get soft, sandal-ready feet!


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