This is dead skin on the heel. If you are in this page, I am sure that you might have seen this before on your feet or someone’s feet in your family.
I had this problem for a long time, longer than 15 years, since I was a child. So I know very well how this dead skin on feet can annoy you in many ways in your life. When dead skin gets worse, it will make cracks and bleeding. This really bothers especially for people who often do watersports activities such as swimming, kayaking, and surfing.
I am writing this article, because I want to share my experience and help you to make your feet smooth. I will go through some of the products I have used and different folk remedies I have done before.
Before that, I will first talk about the dead skin you have on your feet. By the way, I am not considering corn and callus in this article.
How much do you know about your dead skin?
If you want to fix a problem, you first need to get an accurate diagnosis. Of course, seeing a doctor is the best way.
BUT, I think that many people don’t want to show their feet to someone else even to a doctor especially if their feet look similar to the photo shown above.
Or, they might not clear whether having dead skin on the feet can be a reason to see a doctor. Or it is not a big deal for some people.
So, for those who want to treat it by themselves, they need to check whether their dead skin is actually due to athlete’s foot or not.
Most of you might think that athlete’s foot looks like the photos below where the skins are peeled off.
Yes, these are the common types of athlete’s foot. The first one is Interdigital type and the second one is Vesicobullous type.
Symptoms for interdigital athlete’s foot is itchiness, stink, and peeling off skins near toes.
For vesicobullous athlete’s foot, you have blisters near toes and soles with itchiness.
But there is one more type of athlete’s foot called Moccasin Athlete’s Foot.
This type is less known to people. So, people may confuse with that they just have a lot of dead skin on feet because of their dry skin type and dry weather.
Symptom for moccasin athlete’s foot is that your feet skin gets harden. You will have many layers of dead skins on the heel. Also your skin turns into white color.
If you don’t take care of this quickly, your dead skin gets cracked and it can cause bleeding. If nothing is done, the cracks get deeper and deeper. It really hurts whenever you walk. Also, you can’t enjoy your summer and watersports.
You will avoid wearing flip-flops or slides because you don’t want people to see your heel covered with cracked dead skin.
If people don’t recognize this dead skin as a type of athlete’s foot, they will keep continue buying and trying different exfoliating products such as removers and creams for entire their life. I did that for 15 years.
Once you recognize or accept that you have moccasin athlete’s foot, you can treat it with right products.
What can cause moccasin athlete’s foot?
Now, you may be wondering why you have the athlete’s foot. One possibility is infection.
You can get infected by walking barefoot in public places like pools or gym locker rooms. Also you can get it when you share socks, shoes, towels, or bed sheets with someone who already has it.
When you get infected from someone else, you will get the same type of athlete’s foot. It is very easy to get infected when one of your family member already has one.
In a separate section below, I have listed things that you need to follow to prevent from getting worse and infecting others in your family. Once it is infected, it is takes time and effort to treat this athlete’s foot. So I strongly recommend you to follow the list.
The two other types of athlete’s foot I mentioned, Interdigital type and vesicobullous type, commonly arise due to sweaty feet. It is often observed during pregnancy because of improper feet hygiene and hormonal changes. I personally don’t have experience with these two types of athlete’s foot, but I will do some research and post another article regarding this later.
8 Things to do when you have moccasin athlete’s foot
- DO NOT share bath towels
- DO NOT share socks and shoes
- DO NOT use nail clippers or utility knife to remove dead skin
- DO wash your hand after touching your feet all the times
- DO wear slippers at home
- DO wear socks if you share bed with someone else
- DO dry your feet after wash and put foot cream
- DO spend time for steady care using right products
How do I treat moccasin athlete’s foot?
Don’t buy everything, and don’t trust everything!
I have tried many exfoliating products and many foot cream products in my life, but not all of them worked for me.
Also, there are lots of folk or home remedies that people recommend on their blogs, Youtube, TV shows. But when I actually tried them, most of them didn’t work. Those remedies may work for people who have light dead skin but not due to moccasin athlete’s foot.
Again, remember that if your dead skins get cracked then it is highly likely to be moccasin athlete’s foot.
To treat moccasin athlete’s foot, you need one exfoliating product and one foot cream that work best for you, and follow some home remedies.
Next, I will provide reviews on exfoliating products and foot cream products I have used. After that I will talk about home remedies that I personally recommend and do not recommend.
What exfoliating products I have tried?
The order of listing for exfoliating products below is based on my personal experience and preference. If you know a better product, please leave a comment for me.
1. Foot Dead Skin Shaver (No Brand)
This is my favorite foot dead skin remover. It doesn’t look fancy like other remover products, but it works very well.
You don’t need to worry about getting a cut when using it. It is very safe to use and easy to clean.
The price is very good compare to other dead skin removing products.
Based on my experience, you may have to change it to a new one after about a month, because the blade is no longer sharp.
TIP: Grab the shaver close to the head part and put your index (second) finger on the top of the head. If you grab it close to the tail part and do not put your index finger on the top of the head, then you can break the neck part of the shaver easily.
I used this remover product made by ZIZZON until I found the first product above.
This product looks much better in design and has much sharper blade. Also it is made of stainless steel, so you do not have to worry about breaking the neck part. You just need to buy blades when it is no longer sharp. This company even offers 100% money refund.
You can find similar products to this one made by other brands. I just ordered this one because the price was good and there were lots of reviews.
However, you need to be very careful when using this kind of products. You can cut yourself if you press too hard on your dead skin. After I cut myself very badly, I do not prefer to use remover with very sharp blade. If you can control yourself very well, this product could fit well to you.
TIP: Do not press too hard.
What foot cream products I have tried?