The American Academy of Dermatology released tips on how to treat dry, cracked heels including limited bath times, using a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser, and more.
Winter weather causes the feet to become dry and cracked easily, which is why dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) have given tips to prevent and treat dry, cracked heels at home.
“Cold, dry weather; walking barefoot; and long, hot showers are just some of the reasons why you may have dry, cracked heels this winter,” says board-certified dermatologist Patrick Blake, MD, FAAD. “Understanding what causes dry, cracked heels and taking steps to prevent them can relieve the itch and pain that they can cause and leave you with softer, healthier skin this winter.”
Blake recommends the following tips:1
“Sometimes, cracked heels are caused by a medical condition, such as diabetes,” Blake said. “If your dry, cracked heels are severe or do not improve after following these tips, talk to a board-certified dermatologist.”
1. How to care for dry, cracked heels.American Academy of Dermatology. GlobeNewswire NewsRoom. Published February1, 2022. Accessed February 14, 2022. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/02/01/2377094/0/en/How-to-Care-for-Dry-Cracked-Heels-American-Academy-of-Dermatology.html