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Doctor insights on: Dry Cracked Heel

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Are dry cracked heels hereditary or does environment play a factor?

Are dry cracked heels hereditary or does environment play a factor?

Indirectly: No, not directly because skin type and excessive sweat glands are genetic which pre-disposes someone to cracked heels, but wearing flip flops or open backed sandals and exposure to fungus is environmental. ...Read more

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How can you cure dry / cracked heels?

How can you cure dry / cracked heels?

Mositurize: Try doing it at night and aplying Saran wrap and a sock to sleep. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have dry cracked heels from being barefoot all day?

Yes: This exposes you to dry cool air, and when there is a change in the weather from moist fall to dry cold winter your heels will crack. Moisturizing your heels work really well. Try to apply the cream and wait about 5 minutes prior to wearing you socks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about remedies on dry, cracked heels?

Can you tell me about remedies on dry, cracked heels?

See below: Use a pumice stone or callous file to scrape away the build up of tissue and then use a good hydrating cream such as foot miracle cream. ...Read more

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My second problem is dry cracked heels; can you help me?

My second problem is dry cracked heels; can you help me?

Creams and ointments: Try using creams and ointments with urea in them. This will soften and moisturize. ...Read more

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Why are my feet so ugly and dry cracked heels I maintaine my feet all the time and moisturise them with eura cream as soon as I stop soaking it's back?

Why are my feet so ugly and dry cracked heels I maintaine my feet all the time and moisturise them with eura cream as soon as I stop soaking it's back?

Flip flops: Wearing flip flops or sandals with open backs is usually the problem. Also walking barefoot on hard surfaces can worsen the issue. Always wear shoes and sandals with closed backs or straps to keep them in place while walking. Using creams such as urea 40% cream and vaseline nightly with cotton socks can help improve the dryness and cracking. See a dermatologist if not improving. ...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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What is best treatment for dry cracked heels?

What is best treatment for dry cracked heels?

See a podiatrist: The heels can get quite dry and callused, and cracks in them can be sore and get infected. Self-help measures are regular applications of skin emollients, use of heel cups and cushions to make them more comfortable, and use of a pumice stone to file down excess skin buildup. A podiatrist can offer more options to you. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment options to treat sore, dry, cracked heels?

What is the best treatment options to treat sore, dry, cracked heels?

Vasoline: Wash the heel and apply vasoline to them, then apply Saran wrap and put a sock over it at night. ...Read more

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I am a 30yr old male and have had very wrinkled hands my whole life as if I'm 90. Advice? I've also had dry cracked/split heels. I use gel insoles.

I am a 30yr old male and have had very wrinkled hands my whole life as if I'm 90. Advice? I've also had dry cracked/split heels. I use gel insoles.

Not just hands?: I assume since you mention insoles that it is not just your hands that are dry and "wrinkled"
there are systemic as well as inherited conditions that may cause this, as well as nutritional etiology es.
My advice is to see a dermatologist and have him/ her rule these out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about recommendations for cracked, dry heels?

Moisturize: Even vaseline under Saran wrap with a sock at bedtime will help...... ...Read more

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How can I improve dry feet and cracked heels?

How can I improve dry feet and cracked heels?

Moisturize them: If regular moisturizer is not working try going to sleep with Saran wrap on the feet under a sock after applying the moisturizer. Alternatively a high concentration urea cream is often helpful. (over 40%). ...Read more

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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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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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What can I do about cracked and dry heels?

What can I do about cracked and dry heels?

Shoes, lotion.: Wear closed-back shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or clogs), and apply a thick lotion to your heels every night. If the cracks ever develop into fissures (full thickness cracks through the skin), you should see your doctor to work out a wound care regimen. Some people even need prescription lotion! ...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 really dry heels. Not cracked just dry. And sometimes its like that near my toes. Is this tinea? What can I do to get rid of it?

I have really dry heels. Not cracked just dry. And sometimes its like that near my toes. Is this tinea? What can I do to get rid of it?

Dry feet and Tx: It could be a fungal infection vs. Certain vitamin or mineral deficiency as well. You could just have dermatitis from your shoe material, too. See a podiatrist or your primary care doctor for best diagnostic approach. ...Read more

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Hi I wanted to know what can I use for really dry crack feet? More like my heels cause is very dry and crack. Please help.

Hi I wanted to know what can I use for really dry crack feet? More like my heels cause is very dry and crack. Please help.

Vaseline: You may try using Vaseline ointment or vegetable shortening (yes, home remedy) at night and wrap your feet with plastic wrap when you go to sleep. Wearing socks would be fine also. If your feet do not improve after a few weeks, then you may need to see your doctor ...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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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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I have dried cracked heels and very dry toenails I moisturise every night with eura foot balm but they become dry again next day please help its ugly?

I have dried cracked heels and very dry toenails I moisturise every night with eura foot balm but they become dry again next day please help its ugly?

Different moisturize: Trying different moisturizers possibly prescription form
using Vasoline and cover areas with Saran wrap and cover with socks for a few hours or overnight ...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 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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What can I do if I have one foot that is dry, scaly and cracked?

What can I do if I have one foot that is dry, scaly and cracked?

Apply moisturizer: And ss if that helps. Fungus may be another etiology so if the moisturizer is not working you can try applying an antifungal. On occasion, it could be a case of eczema as well. ...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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A few months ago, I had athlete's foot. This time its just plain circular patch that's cracked, feels dry, red, & itchy skin (top of foot).Is it different?

A few months ago, I had athlete's foot. This time its just plain circular patch that's cracked, feels dry, red, & itchy skin (top of foot).Is it different?

There are different: Rashes with different causes. We won't be able to diagnose you with the available information. You would need history, physical examination and often lab tests to accurate assess this. Take care. ...Read more

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Hi my age is 30 and my problem is my lower legs is scaly and dry and my foot also cracked it cause pain pls help?

Hi my age is 30 and my problem is my lower legs is scaly and dry and my foot also cracked it cause pain pls help?

Itchyosis vulgaris: It sound like ithcyosis vulgaris you need to hydrate the skin. A lotion or crème called Eucerin may help or Lachydrin lotion may help. If not see a podiatrist ...Read more

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