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Cracked Heels
charladk posted:
I heard a long time ago that athlete's feet treatment helps cracked heels.

I've been using it for years and it works. My heels will be fine then start getting tender and will soon be cracked if I don't take care of them. I'll put some ointment on them at night and they'll soon be fine. I use it as often as for as many days as it takes to make the tenderness go away.

I've tested it out over the years, just using good foot cream to see if that will work for my cracked heels, but it never does.

I don't have athlete's feet and haven't since I was in high school. My feet don't itch or show other signs of the typical athlete's foot fungus.

I don't understand it, but it works for me! Hope you have the same results!!
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Cracked heels are such a frustrating problem, many of my patients are also bothered significantly by this problem.

Cracked heels may be associated with fungus, however, you likely do not have fungus.

Cracked heels can also be associated with psoriasis or dry skin/ eczema.

Instead of the antifungal, I suggest a simple regimen:
-either shower or soak your feet in warm water for 5 minutes
-pat the feet dry
-apply aquaphor or vaseline to the areas and massage in for 2 minutes
-cover and sleep with white cotton socks

This regimen helps a majority of my patients. If after 2 weeks of doing this, it does not help, make an appointment with your dermatologist.

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