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How to heal dry, painful cracked feet

Updated on July 26, 2012

Do you Suffer from Severe Dry and Cracked Feet and Heels?

You are not alone, thousands of men and women just can't seem to tame their dry feet. I'm a 31 year old guy and I've suffered with this problem since adolescence and finally found a routine and some products that work for me.

The Care Routine

First, get an exfoliating tool. I recommend the Ped-Egg because it collects the dry-feet-shavings in a reservoir and you can empty them in the toilet/sink/trash more neatly. A pumice stone or other exfoliating tool will also work.

Next, exfoliate your feet when they are dry (not after a shower). You want to apply considerable pressure but not so much that it hurts. A good idea to take it easy your first time to assess your tolerance before you shave off too much of your feet and they're sore for a few days. You will be surprised at the amount of 'foot-dust' you shave off, this is all the dead skin that is cracking on your feet.

Overnight Treatment

I've tried a dozen creams and treatments, some very expensive, and the only one that works (also used by my friends) is Miracle Foot Repair Creme. I usually shy away from products with "Miracle" in the title, but whatever "Super Aloe" is, it really works. You will notice a difference overnight the very first use. I rub in plenty of creme and then put socks on overnight so the creme gets absorbed (I was used to wearing socks to bed anyway because my dry feet would snag on the sheets and drive me crazy!)

Lather, Rinse, Repeat!

With only a few days of following this regiment you will have normal looking feet! Once they are healed, you don't need to do it everyday, but if you miss too many days in a row you will get the dry feet back. It just has to become a part of your daily/nightly regiment to take care of your feet, they deserve it, after all, they support your ass all day long!


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    • Liz Woodward profile image

      Liz Woodward 5 years ago from Chicago, Il

      Rather than the Ped Egg, I use a Dr Scholl's foot file. Rather than shaving off skin like a cheese grater, it has a rough side and a fine side to buff your feet to smoothness. I agree about doing this while your feet are dry. Great article! Voting useful.

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Ha ha! I suppose they do deserve a bit of pampering after holding up our backsides all day! I get dry feet too and it's very unsightly! When I use my ped egg, moisturise then wear cotton socks to bed, I can see and feel the difference. It's sticking to routines that I find difficult.