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How to Care for Your Feet - Cracked Skin On Feet

Updated on October 31, 2012
Take care of your feet
Take care of your feet | Source

The skin on our feet is a lot more delicate than people might think. It can be easily damaged by exposing it too often to the air. Without proper care, skin at the heel of the feet will start to crack. This becomes a common problem, especially for people who don't wear socks or shoes that help to cover their heels. Age is also another factor as the skin starts losing its fat and moisture after the age of 30. That's why kids and young people don't have to deal with this problem unless the dryness is caused by other health issues. The good news is that the problem of cracked skin on heels can be addressed fairly easy and simple. It doesn't cost much either. What you'll need is a jar of Vaseline, a pair of socks, a container large enough for your feet and 20 - 30 minutes of your time. You can position yourself comfortably in front of a TV with your favorite program on.

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Take care of cracked skin on heel like this before it goes worseFill 2 inches of warm water in a containerTesting the waterSoaking feet in warm waterPut towels around the containerTools to remove dead skinGently brush off dead skin from feetUsing pumice stone to sloughs off dead skin from heelDry the feet after they are cleanDry the feet after they are cleanApply petroleum jelly on the feetApply petroleum jelly on the feetPut on a pair of socks
Take care of cracked skin on heel like this before it goes worse
Take care of cracked skin on heel like this before it goes worse | Source
Fill 2 inches of warm water in a container
Fill 2 inches of warm water in a container | Source
Testing the water
Testing the water | Source
Soaking feet in warm water
Soaking feet in warm water | Source
Put towels around the container
Put towels around the container | Source
Tools to remove dead skin
Tools to remove dead skin | Source
Gently brush off dead skin from feet
Gently brush off dead skin from feet | Source
Using pumice stone to sloughs off dead skin from heel
Using pumice stone to sloughs off dead skin from heel | Source
Dry the feet after they are clean
Dry the feet after they are clean | Source
Dry the feet after they are clean
Dry the feet after they are clean | Source
Apply petroleum jelly on the feet
Apply petroleum jelly on the feet | Source
Apply petroleum jelly on the feet
Apply petroleum jelly on the feet | Source
Put on a pair of socks
Put on a pair of socks | Source

How to Heal Cracked Heels - Step by Step Guide

You will need about 30 minutes to complete the following procedure. The best time to do it is before bed. But you can always do it anytime during the day as long as you have that 30 minutes. Just make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Pour 2 inches of warm water into a container that is large enough for your feet. You can also stir in 1/2 cup of salt because salty water helps soften the dead skin on your feet faster and kills bacteria and fungus that are hiding in your toenails too.
  2. Position yourself comfortably in a sitting position - you can watch TV, work on your laptop, or read your favorite magazine, book, or newspaper.
  3. Soak your feet in the warm water for 15 - 20 minutes.
  4. Use tools such as soft brush, pumice stone or sponge scrubber to gently slough off dead skin from your feet. Do not force the removal of all the dead skin if there are cracks and you feel hurt when you scrub them.
  5. Rinse and dry off your feet.
  6. Apply Vaseline, or 100% pure petroleum jelly generously. I personally find that Vaseline works best for cracked skin on your feet.
  7. Put on a pair of socks. Reapply Vaseline every 6 - 8 hours within the same day if possible.
  8. Repeat the above steps for a week and you will see a significant result. Continue all the steps as needed.
  9. To maintain the smoothness of your feet, put on lotion every time after you have clean your feet, and try to wear socks often during the day. This will help to keep your skin moist and prevent cracking in the future.

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    • Amy Gillie profile image

      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      This looks so simple, yet so effective. I need to try it with the winter months coming!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      In Arizona this is an ongoing problem. I need to follow your regime..It is simple enough... Good ideas here. GOing to vote up and share.

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      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      Great suggestions. Cheap and easy too. That's the kind of tips I like most.

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Amy, carol7777 and joanwz for reading and commenting. I am glad you think the tips are useful.

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Perfect timing. Even in the humid south this time of year dry skin can become a problem. Great tips.

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thanks summerberrie! I hope it helps.

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      I agree with @summerberri - perfect timing. It's getting to be that time of year! I also like to use shea butter when I have it.

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