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A 24-year-old female asked:

How can i heal my cracked heels? i am unable to walk now. it begins to heal, then re-cracks & bleeds. my feet get moisturized daily. get pedicures to prevent dry skin. its highly painful.

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Acid/ Base.: The skin on the bottom of the feet will crack if the ph (acid/base) has shifted to base. Excessive perspiration will give the skin a bleach smell. Try neutralizing the shift with daily soaks in a vinegar- water mixture. Just two tablespoons of vinegar in enough water to cover your feet. Stop doing anything else. Secondary treatments can slow the shift. Improvement begins in about a week.

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Last updated Dec 12, 2017

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