For years I fought the good fight of having cracked heels. It sucked! Sometimes it would be mild and other times it would be so severe that they would bleed. A couple of years ago I had enough and decided I needed to figure out how to treat them. I thought I would share how to treat cracked heels based on my experiences and success.
It won’t cost a fortune either. The products I use would probably cost you about $30-$40 in total, plus a whole lot of due diligence (wink-wink).
I’ve so graciously decided that I’m not going to show you any gross, crusty heels because those pictures (quite frankly) make me want to gag. If you’ve been around here long enough, I hope you know that I’m 100% authentic and honest with you. Sharing something that I haven’t experienced for myself would be lying, and well, that’s not going to happen around these parts. Okie dokie? Plus, if you really want to see that grossness, you can simply google it (gulp).
After way too many vacations in the warmer weather (beaches, Las Vegas, conferences, etc), long hot summers and wearing out my cheap flip flops, I was over having to deal with cracked heels. There were some trips where I was practically limping. Womp womp womp. I had no idea where to start, but apparently my mom did… and so begins the tips on how to treat cracked heels.
Step One: Electronic Foot File
A few years ago my mom showed up with an Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File for my sister and me. She said how much she loved hers, and I was super excited to give it a try. It was effortless and really did smooth out my heels, but it didn’t HEAL the cracks — it simply thinned out the calloused skin. Does that make sense?
Step Two: Lotion
I quickly learned that the Amope would only be step one, and I would need to start applying something to my feet after smoothing them with Amope. So, I purchased the O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet foot cream. After filing my heels, showering and/or before bed, I would apply the cream to my feet and put socks on to ensure I was trapping the moisture in.
Now, you must know that NOTHING is going to heal your cracked heels overnight. It’s going to take time, diligence and patience.
Step Three: Maintenance
Once the cracks have healed and your heels are feeling much smoother, it’s important to maintain that! Maintenance is MUCH easier than the pain, discomfort and ugliness of cracked heals. Don’t you agree? I am speaking from experience and maintenance is super important to me.
For maintenance, I started to use a Callus Remover Paddle before getting into the shower. I’ve used different brands, but I always come back to the NeatFeet by Trim paddle. The Equate version at Walmart will tear your heels up, so I highly discourage purchasing that one.
Anywho, I used to use the paddle in the shower, but realized I was getting a lot more removal when doing it with dry feet. Of course, do what works best for you!
I’ve also heard great things about the microplane callus remover. My sister has used the same steps as I have to treat her cracked heels. Guess what? She had great success too. However, she uses the microplane callus remover over the paddle. I intend to buy one and give it a try at some point as well. I tend to be a firm believer that if something isn’t broken, why fix it? Lol.
There is also a callus shaver out there; however, proceed with caution. If you use a callus shaver, be very careful. It will indeed scrape off the calluses, but you can easily remove too much skin and cause sensitivity (even bleeding). I did use one a couple of times, but it scared me to death. If your heels are really bad, this might be a tool to use to get the calluses down to a much more manageable point — and then you can use the Amope, paddle, etc.
Additional Tips on How to Treat Cracked Heels:
Traveling Tip. When staying at hotels, wear socks to bed. The bleach used to wash the sheets sucks every ounce of moisture out of my heels. This tip has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve made when traveling, particularly in dry areas. Be sure to add a little of the O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet before putting your socks on too! Wink.
Shoe Tip. Would you believe that shoes can play a role too? Yep. I used to be a flip-flop maniac, especially the ones from Old Navy. Cheap, versatile and more or less cute with anything. Right?!?!
Well, last year I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and had to invest in some Birkenstocks. Best decision ever. They not only offer me the arch support and shock absorption that I need, but they have a contoured foot bed — keeping my foot from shifting/slipping. And if you are fighting cracked heels, those contoured foot beds keep the dirt out!
If you’re still here — you deserve a cookie! I know it was a lengthy post, but one I’ve really wanted to share with you. I hope you find it helpful. Be sure to share with friends and family too.
Do you have any additional tips on how to treat cracked heels? If so, please share them with us in the comments below!