Dry, cracked skin on the feet can be healed by regularly applying lanolin or foot creams containing alpha-hydroxy acid or urea to the affected area. These substances remove dead skin cells and help retain moisture on the feet. If this does not work, consult a podiatrist to find out about other options.
Those with dry, cracked feet can also soak them in warm water until the skin softens, and file the soles and heels down using a pumice stone or foot file. This solution not only removes the thick, dead skin, but it also prevents the calluses from developing again.
Regular intake of alpha-linolenic acid and gamma-linolenic acid also helps smooth dry, cracked feet. These substances are essential fatty acids that promote moisture retention and minimize epidermal water loss. Flaxseed, walnuts and canola can be consumed to get a rich supply of these fatty acids, and they are also available as supplements in oil and capsule form.
Cracked skin on the soles and heels is usually caused or worsened by certain medical conditions, nutrient deficiencies, extreme hot or cold temperatures and stress. In severe cases, individuals can have the excess dead skin safely removed with the help of a podiatrist.