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Get Rid of Cracked Heels Fast: How to Soften Dry Feet


Cracked heels are the enemy of fabulous feet and sexy summer sandals.

Need an at-home skin treatment to cure dry and cracked heels?

While cracked heels or heel fissures are often the result of frequent exposure to harsh chemicals, weight gain, cold weather and hot water, you can fight the signs of aging and banish dry skin–in a matter of minutes.

For an instant skin helper to cure dry and cracked feet, look no further than this simple do-it-yourself spa treatment.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Olive oil or almond oil
  • Tub of warm water
  • Skin moisturizing lotion
  • Thin plastic bags or Saran wrap
  • Loofah or small brush
  • Dry skin fighting-lotion
  • cotton socks
  • cream for cracked heels
  • Yogurt

Step 1– Banish dull and dry cracked heels with exfoliation.

Because your skin can make you look older than your are, treat your dry skin to keep your age a secret. Exfoliate the cracked skin on your feet with a loofah, pumice stone or small brush.

Use your favorite mild body cleanser and wash your feet using small circular strokes to slough off dead skin cells.

Step 2– Hydrate after your exfoliate to cure dry, cracked feet.

Fill a small tub with warm water. If you don’t have a tub, fill a small bucket with lukewarm water.

Place both of your feet into the warm water for 10 minutes. If you want a scented foot bath, pamper and treat your cracked heels with two drops of lemon or  lavender oil for an aromatic soak.

Step 3– Cover your feet in olive oil, almond oil or your favorite scented oil.

Treating your dry hands with an oil will help rehydrate and rejuvenate your feet. Rub and massage the oil into your nail bed and cuticles for an extra foot moisturizer to get rid of cracked heels.

Step 4– Add another layer of oil or your favorite hand or foot moisturizer before placing your feet into small plastic bags followed by a Saran Wrap treatment.

Add small plastic bags to your feet. Re-submerge your feet into a tub filled with warm water,  for another 5 to ten minutes.

Apply a thick layer of lotion or Vaseline to your feet to complete your mini-foot rejuvenation ritual. Wrap your feet in Saran wrap. Let the Saran wrap or plastic wrap and the lotion remain your feet for 20 minutes, to add another layer of moisture to your dry skin.  Remove the wrap and discard. Before heading to bed, cover your feet with cotton socks to seal in moisture and heal cracked heels.

Step 5 – Use diaper-rash cream to soothe and seal cracked heels.


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Skin that is cracked requires more moisture than a basic body lotion provides. Diaper rash cream has heavy moisturizers (paraffin, beeswax and petrolatum) that form a protective barrier against the conditions that cause dry and cracked heels. By using a heavy cream you give your feet a chance to heal as they soften.

Step 6 – To get rid of cracked heels fast, stop walking in bare heels.

Walking around in bare feet–whether on hardwood floors or carpets–is the biggest enemy of smooth heels. Cracked heels flourish because the direct pressure from your weight connecting with the hard floor surface causes the unsightly cracked appearance. To remedy this problem, always wear shoes or thick socks when walking around your house.

Step 7 -If rough and cracked heels still remain, soften rough skin with yogurt.

A foot mask made with whole-milk yogurt has a secret ingredient: lactic acid. The acid boosts collagen and exfoliates dry and rough skin.  Apply 1/2 cup of cold, full-fat yogurt to your clean skin. Leave on as a mask for 10 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Final Get Rid of Dry and Cracked Heels Tips

  • File dry and cracked heels with a foot file or a pumice stone after a bath or shower, when skin is its softest.
  • Liquid removers–which contain salicylic acid to shrink the dead skin gradually–work well to remove calluses on the feet.  However, some people are allergic to this remedy. So apply a small amount to your dry heels before attempting to remove a large callused area.
  • When visiting the nail salon for a pedicure, bring your own pumice stone and do not let the pedicurist razor your feet. If the tools have not been properly cleaned, you run the risk of getting an infection.

Pamper your tootsies every week with this simple treatment, to encourage cell turnover cycle and decrease dullness and lines in the skin. With a tub of warm water and olive oil, you can get rid of cracked heels and keep people guessing  your secret skin treatment.

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  • How To Get Rid Of Cracked Heels
    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Massaging your feet gently with just coconut oil before going to bed each night is known to be excellent for cracked heels.

  • Mae Cracas
    Aug 31, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Anything from Burt’s Bees will help cracked heels. Also try putting either neosporin or petroleum jelly on at night, stuff your hands in some tube socks so it doesn’t get all over the place

  • Patti
    Jun 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    You should be very happy with your blog. While I may not agree with every point you make it does create the need for some thought on one’s perspective. Good show.

  • Holly Kelly
    Jul 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I really feel your pain about having dry cracked feet, this summer is killing my heels. Last month while I was at the pedicures office, I came across an article about how to heel you dry cracked feet naturally. The article claimed that the reason for dry cracked heel and feet was due to lack of moisture and nutrients. It said that Flexitol Heel Balm was specially designed to help heal dry cracked feet. The company stated that it is all natural and had a five star users rating. I never order much off of the internet but the article was really convincing. I took a chance and order a bottle, Wow it really worked great. The application was easy with the twist up tube . After trying the heel stick for just 3 day, I started to notice a big difference in the was my heels looked. I would highly recommend this product for anyone with dry cracked feet. I ordered heel vitality at heelvitality.com and the cost was around 7 bucks.

  • Siemens Maraqa
    Sep 2, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Apply foot cream for cracked heels and cover feet with gel heel sock

  • Marlene Bailey
    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Can I use clabbered buttermilk on feet for cracked heels???

  • Anne J. Hartung
    May 1, 2015 at 3:43 am

    A Heel Cream was amazing i bought it and had a big difference in 3 days!! My cracks was incurable for at least 3 months before i tried this cream :)

  • Roohi
    Sep 21, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Every one is worried about keeping their heels safe from crack marks. A very simple and easier way is to keep it clean, give a little massage and applying a very little amount of coconut oil which keeps the heel soft and smooth. In ayurveda there are many home remedies for heel caring.

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