It's funny you should bring this up today!! I was just watching Dr. Oz yesterday and a lady in the audience has the same problem (so do I at times) and he still swears the best remedy is to use vaseline and to keep socks on to keep the moisture in. I try to get a pedicure once in awhile to have them scrape off the dead skin to regenerate the cells but I've always had the problem because I like to go barefoot in the summer and warmer weather or wear open shoes like clogs. Hope you find a remedy soon!! Have a wonderful day.
Hugs and Angels,
DX - sle and carpal tunnel
RX - plaquenil, prednisone, lisiniprol, folic acid, anti-inflammatories, hormones, fish and flaxseed oil and vit c and d
Thickened skin and cracked heels are evidence of layers of dried skin cells that don't get sloughed off, then get thicker and aren't elastic like normally well hydrated tissue, so then it cracks, and can bleed as your body tries to heal the heel . So first, that layer of dead skin has to go. Have you tried a ped egg or pedicure thingy that has a tough abrading pad on it? Soak your feet before you use them, you will literally see dead skin cells flying so use a towel to collect the debris layer. Then, moisturize, but I would avoid too much or too frequent use of vaseline or greasy products, they do work great to keep moisture in, though. Skin is living and breathing tissue, and needs oxygen to stay healthy, it is our body's first line of defense, so don't scrape until tender or bloody. Gentle effort, over a few days, and try letting your feet 'breathe' during the day with just cotton socks, and then vaseline cream/lotion at night after a bath or shower to hold moisture in/ moisturize your skin. A&D ointment has a petroleum jelly base, and I use that during the winter months, or, and this is a tip from my family dr. when my nipples were cracked and raw from my newborn daughter, poke a hole in a Vitamin E capsule, and use it to coat your cracked heels at night for a few days. Hope your heels are better soon,