Just because your feet may be hidden away in boots or sneakers doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some tender love and care. After all, if you suffer from dry, split heels, you know how painful they can be and how difficult it can be to revive them after potentially years of wear and tear. We tend to be on our feet every day for hours on end, putting them to the ultimate test.
“The skin is thickest on the bottom of your feet to help absorb shock,” New York podiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Sutera explained to FN. “But over time, the stress and friction imposed on your feet from everyday mileage can cause them to become parched, cracked and in some cases even bleed.”
For soft, supple toots, we tapped into Sutera’s expertise to round up some of the most powerful over-the-counter foot creams on the market. Another pro tip? Sutera suggests starting with a pumice stone or foot file in the shower, as sloughing off dead skin will help your feet better absorb the ingredients.
Read on to shop the surgically-trained doctor’s top picks for best foot creams available for purchase now.
CeraVe Renewing SA Cream
Rough heels don’t stand a chance against CeraVE’s Renewing Cream. Sutera says the inclusion of hyaluronic acid makes this product great for busting calluses and cracked skin. Plus, the specialized formula is designed to exfoliate without the use of a grainy substance that can irritate the skin’s natural barrier as three essential ceramides actually help restore that layer of the epidermis. The 12-ounce tub will last you for weeks if not months to come so you won’t run out, too, before you even tackle the cracks.
AmLactin Foot Repair
Sutera swears by this formula as it contains lactic acid, making it strong yet gentle enough to use on all skin types. It is a humectant meaning it attracts and helps to retain moisture for results that continue beyond the initial use. Additionally, its use of Alpha-Hydroxy acids, a substance that already occurs naturally in the skin, increases the skin’s ability to absorb the cream. And you will soon be grateful for the brand’s signature UltraPlex formula to provide a soft exfoliation, too.
Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair
“The exfoliating action of this salicylic acid-based cream loosens and removes dry skin then deeply moisturizes,” said Sutera. She also notes that the formula is completely hypoallergenic. Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association, it is clinically proven to provide fast results even on the most worn-down heels, going above and beyond to repair skin not just provide temporary moisture.
Profoot Heel Rescue
Sutera says this product can cure the toughest cracks and calluses all in one go, thanks to ingredients like nourishing Vitamin E. Not to mention, she loves that it’s particularly lightweight and non-greasy. Since it is fragrance-free, it is gentler on sensitive skin with an easy-to-use pump for mess-free aid. Its final touch of argan oil provides necessary fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties that distinguish this cream from the pack.
Ahava Dead Sea Mud Intensive Foot Cream
If your heels are especially dry and itchy, Sutera suggests this option will provide instant relief. It contains a vegan blend of Dead Sea mud, minerals and plant derivatives, which Sutera claims are “great for locking in moisture to protect and heal the skin.” Plus its inclusion of aloe vera and shea butter extracts bring skin to its smoothest self. And best of all, its small size makes for convenience for on-the-go use whenever you need it most.
PurSources Urea 40% Foot Cream
Urea is the powerhouse ingredient in this one. Not only does it help hydrate and smooth cracked skin, but according to Sutera it’s a powerful exfoliant for breaking down tough calluses. It is designed to increase circulation to the feet as well as prevent water loss for long-lasting effects. As it rejuvenates and promotes new cell growth, you’ll work your way towards softer and hydrated feet for the ages.