If you have dry, cracked heels, you can blame your parents! This problem is often hereditary. Conditions like diabetes can cause dry heels as well, and sometimes your skin just dries out with age. Fortunately, in most cases, you can treat yourself at home.
The first step toward smoother skin is keeping your feet moisturized. After bathing, smooth dry areas with a pumice stone then liberally apply a rich, creamy lotion. Lock the moisture in by putting on socks, or even sleeping in them. You can also try soaking your feet in lemon juice—the acid from the lemon erodes away dead skin. Re-apply lotion often and avoid hot showers, as well as caffeine and alcohol. Drink plenty of water instead. Using a humidifier in your home can help too. If nothing seems to be working or you notice your cracked heels are bleeding, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Keller or Dr. Marshal Gwynn of Shenandoah Podiatry. You can reach our Roanoke, VA office at (540) 904-1458, or our Blacksburg, VA location at (540) 808-4343. We can help your heels be healthy again!