Cracks and Calluses Hurt! How to Treat & Prevent Them

cracks and calluses hurt - woman wearing sandals
(Originally published April 22, 2010)

If your heels develop “cracks” or your feet develop calluses, your body is trying to tell you something.

Cracks or “heel fissures” occur when the skin gets so dry and thick that it actually splits, which exposes tender inner skin. You can have bleeding, and infection is a possibility.

Calluses are your body’s way of protecting skin from pressure, which can be due to a shoe rubbing, or a repetitive activity. It does protect your skin, but like anything, it can be too much of a good thing.

Both of these are handled by increasing moisturizing, and exfoliating after soaking. Here’s more extensive information about Preventing and Treating Cracked Heels, and a helpful article about Calluses.

Nothing beats 12% Shea Butter Skin Repair Cream for cracked heels in my opinion. You can use it everywhere - but it's super rich - perfect for feet which have fewer oil glands - and you only need a small amount. For best results, exfoliate feet every time you shower or bathe, (a Foot Scrubber works well) and afterward massage Shea Butter cream into feet. It helps seal moisture in.

Also find a time that's easy to remember for using your Shea Butter cream. Just before bed is good, or first thing in the morning while you're getting ready.

My sister-in-law applies 12% Shea Butter cream in the morning, puts on a pair of cotton socks, and wears them while she's getting ready. When she's ready to leave, she takes off the socks, the Shea Butter's absorbed and her feet are already softer!

Find the time now to work on your feet - you'll be ready for sandals anytime!