Winter Skin Care

The Best Foot Creams for Your Dry, Cracked Heels, According to a Podiatrist

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According to podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, cracked heels is one of the biggest foot problems many people experience each year, when the cold, dry air strips your skin of moisture. When the skin on your heel thickens and dries out, putting pressure on it causes it to crack. Then you're left with a lot of pain as you go about your day-to-day activities. The right foot cream helps to soothe dryness, calluses, and cracks on your heels.

"Home care includes daily use of topical creams specially formulated for foot skin that have gentle but effective acids," says Dr. Sutera, a Vionic Innovation Lab member. "The acids help to exfoliate the skin by breaking down the callous over time, all while moisturizing."

Below, you'll find the best foot cream for cracked heels, according to Dr. Sutera.

Best foot creams for cracked heels

Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair
Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair — $8.00

You know a product is great when it has the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) seal of approval. “That means a lot to podiatrists,” says Dr. Sutera. “It’s also paraben-free and works pretty quickly. You should start to see results after a few applications.”

Ancient Greek Remedy Organic Foot Cream
Ancient Greek Remedy Organic Foot Cream — $15.00

This option is a little pricier, but it’s worth it. “It’s an organic balm, and it smells amazing and is all natural,” says Dr. Sutera. “It’s made by a family-owned company in smaller batches.”

Flexitol Heel Balm
Flexitol Heel Balm — $17.00

Another cream with the APMA seal of approval, Flexitol’s heel balm is super concentrated and both exfoliates and moisturizes dry and cracked heels. It’s made with a blend of 25 percent urea, aloe, vitamin E, shea butter, and more to hydrate the skin after 14 days.

Burt's Bees Coconut Oil Foot Cream
Burt's Bees Coconut Oil Foot Cream — $8.00

Made with coconut oil and a hint of peppermint to feel cooling, this thick cream is made with 99.4% natural ingredients. It also has emolliating ingredients like oat and olive oil to help soften dry skin.

Eucerin Advanced Repair Foot Cream
Eucerin Advanced Repair Foot Cream — $15.00

Make sure your heels regularly stay hydrated with this pack of three tubes of foot cream. It’s designed for dry to very dry feet and has Ceramide-3, natural moisturizing factors, and alpha hydroxy acid to slough away dry skin. It’s non-greasy and fragrance, dye, and paraben-free.

O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream
O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream — $7.00

Not only does O’Keeffe’s healthy feet cream hydrate cracked heels, but it also creates a protective layer on the skin’s surface to keep moisture in. It contains allantoin, which helps penetrates into the thicker skin on the heels.

CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream
CeraVe SA Foot Cream — $21.00

CeraVe’s foot cream has salicylic acid to exfoliate rough skin and three essential ceramides to help restore your skin’s natural barrier. It was developed by dermatologists and has the National Eczema Association seal of acceptance, so it’s gentle enough for most skin types.

AmLactin Foot Cream
AmLactin Foot Cream — $24.00

The key ingredient in this cream is lactic acid, which is an effective and gentle exfoliant to help smooth callused and cracked skin and help hydrate it too. It has a fragrance-free and non-greasy formula.

Vaseline Pure Jelly Jar
Vaseline Pure Jelly — $6.00

This bathroom cabinet staple is multi-purpose product, helping to heal minor wounds, moisturize all over the body, and more. Vaseline acts as a sealant, which can help heal and lock in moisture and leave your feet feeling soft. It’s hypoallergenic and appropriate even if you have sensitive skin.

Dr. Scholl's Cracked Heel Repair Balm
Dr. Scholl's Cracked Heel Repair Balm — $6.00

Rub this balm over your dry heels to soothe and provide a moisturizing, protective layer in seconds. It’s formulated with urea, a blend of alpha hydroxy acids, epsom salt, and essential oils to get rid of flakey skin.

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Foot Cream
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Foot Cream — $20.00

Give your feet 24-hour hydration with this cream that has soothing aloe and a blend of seven moisturizers and three vitamins (vitamin A, C, and E) to nourish dry and cracked skin. It’s hypoallergenic and non-greasy, and absorbs quickly.

L'Occitane 15% Shea Butter Dry Skin Foot Cream
L'Occitane 15% Shea Butter Dry Skin Foot Cream — $29.00

This luxurious French moisturizer feels and smells great, but it also will help soothe dry feet. Lavender essential oils and arnica extract reduce irritation, and shea butter and peppermint refresh and rehydrate.

Vermont's Original Bag Balm
Bag Balm — $8.00

Bag Balm has been around since 1899 and was originally used by dairy farmers (to help heal chapped cow udders, of all things) but has since become a versatile moisturizer for animals and humans alike. It has a simple ingredient list, including lanolin to soften skin and petrolatum to moisturize and protect. There are no added fragrances, colors, or parabens.

PurOrganica Urea 40 Percent Foot Cream
PurOrganica Urea 40 Percent Foot Cream — $16.00

Get the most of your foot cream by doing a thorough exfoliation first; this cream comes with a pumice stone and brush so you can prep your feet for maximum hydration. The foot cream has urea for deep moisture, as well as tea tree oil, aloe, and chamomile to calm any irritation.

Profoot Heel Rescue Foot Cream
Profoot Heel Rescue Foot Cream — $13.00

Non-greasy and fragrance-free, this cream has Argan oil to repair and moisturize dry and damaged skin. When you’re done treating your heels, you can also use the cream on knees, elbows, and other areas that need nourishment.

Once you're healed up, give your feet some extra TLC with these mobility stretches:

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