A 29-year-old female asked:
what is the best home treatment for very sore achy heals which have a very thick tough skin? also what's the best lotion for dry sandpaper-like feet?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Jeffrey Kass answered
27 years experience Podiatry
The thick or dead: Skin should be removed. This is best done by a podiatrist. If you don't have insurance consider a pedegg available at a drugstore. I like the high concentration urea creams to help moisturize a foot.
Answered on Dec 9, 2012
Dr. Sanjay Kumar answered
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Soak: Soak your feet every night before bedtime in lukewarm water for 10 minutes or so. Then apply a urea &/or salicylic acid based cream. Wash it off every morning. If you use salicylic acid, select the weakest strength -1% maybe. Gently rubbing with a pumice stone will help as well.
Answered on May 21, 2015
Dr. Arthur Balin answered
46 years experience Dermatology
Keratolytic creams: For non diabetics. Soak feet in aveno oatmeal bath for 20 to 30 minutes and apply a keratolytic cream such as 20% urea (carmol 20) or 6% salicylic acid. Stronger creams are available from your dermatologist.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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