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How to treat dry cracked skin on heel, without softening skin too much? 

How to treat dry cracked skin on heel, without softening skin too much? 

Dry skin: You can try removing the dry cracked area carefully. There are creams that will help with this - urea in them. Soaking can dry the skin as the oils leave the skin especially when soaked in epson salts. ...Read more

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How can I repair the dry cracked skin on my heels?

How can I repair the dry cracked skin on my heels?

Daily care: Skin is mostly water. As skin builds up(callusing), the skin can dehydrate and shrink. As it shrinks, surface tension causes the skin to split. This can be painful. Keeping the foot hydrated with cream daily can help. If callusing is severe, then using a cream with urea 40-50% can be very helpful. Using a pumice stone can also help reduce callusing. Dr l. ...Read more

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I have dry, itchy, cracked skin, and thickened heels on my feet. I have dark toenails & fungus for over twenty years. How can I get rid of this ?

Evaluation: Sounds like you have a fungal infection. Would be good idea to be evaluated as there is medication available for all of these conditions. A physician may also need to perform a biopsy or culture as well. ...Read more

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How do I go about saving my poor cracked up heel skin?

How do I go about saving my poor cracked up heel skin?

Amlactin. Urea: Amlactinwith ammonium lachydrate can help. Another option is urea based creams. Both are avaiable over the counter in the pharmacy under foot care products.Also soak foot before applying cream and you can apply at night with saran wrap to increase penetration. ...Read more

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What should I do to minimize the pain from cracked heel skin?

What should I do to minimize the pain from cracked heel skin?

Urea cream: Regular hand/foot lotion is sometimes not adequate. Using a 40% urea cream 1-2 times a day usually works very well. See your foot specialist or dermatologist to discuss. Dr l. ...Read more

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Whats the best thing to do when your bottom of the heel hurts and the skin gets cracked?

Whats the best thing to do when your bottom of the heel hurts and the skin gets cracked?

Moisturize the crack: The heel pain may be related to the fissure or may not be and this has to be figured out. ...Read more

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I suddenly have a crack/dent on the side of my heel the skin is not broken or dry it's very painful and next to it there's a small bump also painfull

I suddenly have a crack/dent on the side of my heel the skin is not broken or dry it's very painful and next to it there's a small bump also painfull

Exam needed: Without examining the area a diagnosis can't be made. If there is spreading redness I would be concerned about cellulitis which would require antibiotic treatment. The lump could be a cyst. If warm wet applications don't improve the discomfort, have a physician evaluate you. ...Read more

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What can I soak my cracked heels in to help moisturize the skin?

What can I soak my cracked heels in to help moisturize the skin?

Smooth feet: After you get your feet wet (shower bath or swimming). Take a pumice stone and rub back and forth over the hardened areas. You should see some skin flaking off. You can apply some COCO BUTTER lotion to your feet afterwards. Avoid going barefoot in common areas and check your feet daily and you'll be well on your way to healthy smooth beautiful feet. ...Read more

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I suddenly have a crack/dent on the side of my heel the skin is not broken or dry it's very painful and next to it there's a small bump that's also pa?

Heel pain: Is the indentation on the back of the heel ? If you have a bump next to the area which is painful ,you probably have a fluid filled cyst called a ganglion. Try padding the surrounding skin by cutting a hole the size of the bump with moleskin. NSAID for several weeks. Avoid positions or activities which worsen the pain or size of the bump.if it fails to resolve in a few weeks or worsens get it chec ...Read more

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The skin on my hands is cracked and bleeding in places what is the best lotion to use on them. Also my heels are very cracked too.

There are many......: Onyx makes a good "cracked skin repair", O'keefe makes one..... Sometimes the cracks etc are from excessive water (on hand) sometimes a skin condition might be present which you would want to know about as sometimes a steroid cream may be needed, also, I would consider oral fish oil supplements which have good skin lubricating properties...ever see a seal with bad skin? ...Read more

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The skin on my heels is very cracked and hard. What type of medication should I put on them?

The skin on my heels is very cracked and hard.  What type of medication should I put on them?

Cracked skin: Treat your skin daily to re-moisturizing treatments that will help to heal and soothe dry, cracked skin with cerave cream.Though cracking can occur anytime of the year, it is especially common during the dry winter months and in the summer when open shoes are worn. Use super glue to close skin fissures and reduce the amount of pain. ...Read more

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After DVT in R thigh my skin is much softer - no calluses or dry cracked heel. Why?

After DVT in R thigh my skin is much softer - no calluses or dry cracked heel. Why?

Rt. thigh skin softe: Rt. thigh skin softer after DVT,because after relief of DVT veins shrink to normal.skin becomes normal after exercise by strenthening the surround muscles.Due to anticoagulants blood is thinner. ...Read more

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Heel of both feet (I am a light skin black Woman) is a orange/brown color Ana skin is cracked. Never like this before just notice. 2 days ago ?

Heel of both feet (I am a light skin black Woman) is a orange/brown color Ana skin is cracked. Never like this before just notice. 2 days ago ?

Tenia pedis: You may have tenia pedis or just dry skin. I would need more info. Does it itch? any drainage? Try Eucerin lotion first and if does not help visit podiatrist and ask for Rx for antifungal ...Read more

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My daughter, 38yrs old has skin eczema on her feet. They are cracked pretty bad. This morning there is a knot or boil on her heel that is very sore.

My daughter, 38yrs old has skin eczema on her feet. They are cracked pretty bad. This morning there is a knot or boil on her heel that is very sore.

Secondary infection: She probably has a secondary infection from the opening that occurred from the fissures. If she is diabetic this can be dangerous and she needs to see a doctor for debridement of the lesion . If she isn't diabetic she can try otc antibiotic cream , if it doesn't get better she needs to see a doctor for PO antibiotics. Ultimately her goal should be to treat the eczema to avoid future infections, . ...Read more

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My skin is dry and having cracked heel.I have acne scars.What kind of cream I have to use?

My skin is dry and having cracked heel.I have acne scars.What kind of cream I have to use?

2 different problems: Acne scars can be improved by dermatologist. Dry, cracked heels need moisturizing cream or lotion applied often. If there is redness or peeling between toes, need to treat athlete's foot with cream like lamisil (terbinafine). Watch for signs of infection: redness, swelling, pain, pus (especially if diabetic or poor circulation). Podiatrist can also recommend treatments. ...Read more

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My brother has a cracked heel and it's a fungal infection, shows bit red skin. What's the best thing to do? Also what's your opinion on coconut oil?

Moisturize: Any moisturizing, including coconut oil, with help heel fissures. If it is, in fact, due to fungus, he would be better off using an over-the-counter antifungal cream like terbinafine, tolnaftate or Clotrimazole (generic names). Using them under some plastic wrap at night will speed the process. ...Read more

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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. It’s highly painful.

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. ...Read more

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Skin crack on the ball of my foot sometimes can be painful and can bleed. What could this be?

Crack in foot skin: Hello ~ every one will tell you this is due to dry skin on the feet and tell you to moisturise. However its most often due to fungal infection, like athletes foot. Get some OTC LAMISIL (terbinafine) -AT apply twice daily for about a month - 6 weeks, apply your moisturisers in between the cream applications. If it does not go away see a dermatologist because you may need ORAL LAMISIL (terbinafine) for 90d to cure permanently ...Read more

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Very painful spot on my foot the skin is dry/cracked at the spot and it looks black underneath the skin what is this?

Very painful spot on my foot the skin is dry/cracked at the spot and it looks black underneath the skin what is this?

Suspicious.: Any skin lesion, on the foot or not, that is dry, painful and has a black color is to be considered suspicious. It is a simple matter to have it examined by a professional to begin the process of identification. ...Read more

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