MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Cracked Heels

A regular daily body moisturizer is not going to do enough to benefit cracked heels. Podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, reccommends using creams taht are specially formulated for tougher foot skin, including FungiFoam and urea based creams. "These have gentle but effective acids that help break down the callus a little at a time," he says.

 

You can help the smoothing process along with a pumice stone, says Dr. Michaels, who recommends using it one to two times per week when you're in the first stages of treating cracks. "Remember to go in one direction and not back and fourth, which can rip up skin more," he says. You can use a manual file or battery-operated one. The tools you use on your feet should remain yours and yours alone-don't share them with family," advises Michaels. He also recommends cleaning and drying them thoroughly after using and replacing them every two to three months.

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The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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