12 Incredibly Cheap & Easy Remedies for Dry & Cracked Winter Feet

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Got dry feet?

While you may not be showing off your feet as much during the colder months, we know this time of year can really put a strain on their health. So even if you struggle with seriously dry & cracked feet in the winter, these highly-rated dry feet remedies will kick cracked skin to the curb once and for all.

various types of dry foot cream remedies on table

Here are the 12 best products to use for dry feet:

1. Handle even the toughest cracked feet with O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet.

hand holding a package of dry feet cream

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Many of our Hip2Saver readers recommended this product and since my Hip sidekick, Emily, was in the market for a great product, she had to scoop some up to see what all the hype was about! Not only does this brand guarantee relief in days, but it’s also hypoallergenic, unscented & dye-free, phthalate, paraben, and aluminum-free, and even safe for people with diabetes!

before and after of dry cracked feet

After a few applications of the overnight variety, Emily totally swears by this product and has been using it for over a year now! Here’s what she said about it:

“Talk about a miracle-working product! I slather this lotion on at night, pull on a pair of socks, and by the morning, my feet are incredibly soft and smooth. I’m sorry for sharing a picture of my kind of gross feet but I’m telling you it really works! 🙌

2. Suffering from bleeding & cracked dry feet? Collin swears by Kerasal!

kerasal foot cream with box sitting on marble countertop

Buy it at AmazonWalmart | Rite Aid | Target

With over 21,000 reviews on Amazon, we’re confident this dry foot ointment will be just the easy remedy you need! In fact, they even claim to give you visible results in just one overnight application!

Best of all, it doesn’t just put a bandaid on your dry feet, it pulls double duty by completely exfoliating to loosen and remove hard, dry skin. The end result? You’ll have deeply moisturized heels and completely repaired dry, cracked feet. If that’s not enough to assure you, take Collin’s word because she can’t live without this dry foot ointment now! Here’s what she had to say about it:

“So my heels were cracked everywhere and almost bleeding. This stuff worked like magic. I put it on my feet at night and I woke up in the morning with the cracking basically gone and my heels smooth as a baby’s butt! Ok ok… maybe not that smooth but close! And if you had seen the before and after, your mouth would have dropped. 😱 I won’t show you though as that wouldn’t be very nice. 😆”

3. Score CeraVe SA Cream that can be used all over your body and feet.

hand holding a tub of cerave cream in store aisle

Buy it at Amazon | Target | ULTA

As they say, time heals all wounds and if you stick to religiously using this cream, you can improve the dry skin not just on your dry, cracked feet, but all over your body! Plus, we don’t think over 12,500 5-star Amazon reviews would steer us wrong, so if you’re looking for something more versatile to tackle the dryness, this dry feet remedy is your answer!

before and after of dry winter cracked skin feet

“I have been using this for a month, and I wasn’t even consistent with doing it twice a day, but the results all over my body are amazing! I’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis recently but my legs, feet, and arms are the worst. I had no idea I could make my skin as smooth as it is now. My skin feels silky smooth now even if I don’t shave. The tiny bumps I had are gone and my skin affected by psoriasis is getting so much better. So worth the buy!” – Brittany 

4. Soften your feet with Heel to Toe Large Foot Softener Stick.

hand holding a purple stick of foot cream

Buy it at Sally Beauty

If you’re just in need of a more mild product that’ll have you feeling like you just stepped out of a salon pedicure then consider this Heel to Toe stick! It’s easy to apply, is formulated with natural lanolin and beeswax, and while it won’t get rid of calluses, it’ll help soften them and lock in moisture so your feet will be well on their way to better health!

“This stuff has been a lifesaver! It’s easy to use since you don’t have to get it on your hands and it smells great. If I let my feet go for a while in the winter (I live in Northern Michigan) my heels almost start to crack and they look awful. This stuff will clear up my feet within a week using only once a day before I put my socks on.” – Ashley 

5. Get immediate results with this foot filer.

black foot file with bag laying on countertop dry feet remedies

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Need a quick and easy way to get those feet soft and callus-free? With a foot filer priced at just under $9, you can get immediate results before curling up on the couch. The process is simple, can be used on wet or dry feet, and we’re confident 62,500+ 5-star reviews don’t lie.

It’ll leave your feet feeling fresher than your last pedicure and we love that it’s a reusable alternative so you’ll get many more salon-quality pedicures where that came from. If you want the whole experience, many reviewers also paired their foot filer with this professional-grade callus remover gel.

Hip Tip: Store the foot filer in the shower so you can use it while your feet are damp and easily wash the dead skin down the drain.

before and after of dry cracked feet dry feet remedies

“I read a lot of reviews on dry feet remedies before purchasing this file. I also saw a lot of complaints about this remedy cutting people, but I decided to try it anyway. I’m so glad I did! I didn’t cut myself once. As long as you start out gently, you’ll be able to feel if you need to apply more pressure. I was able to do both of my feet very quickly.

The first picture was before, and the second picture was after only ONE time of using this product. It was absolutely painless and exceeded my expectations. My only advice is to soak your feet first.” – Jackie

6. Dunk your feet in Vaseline like the good ol’ days.

two bottles of vaseline in front of white plastic foot

If you’re tight on budget, then consider some good old-fashioned Vaseline for just a couple of bucks! As a kid, I remember my mom treating my seriously dry, cracked feet, and hands using Vaseline. And no, you’re not just rubbing it on like a regular lotion – you’re literally going to douse your skin with this stuff!

To be on your way to softer, velvety feet, simply slather on a thick layer of Vaseline and cover them with a thick pair of socks (preferably long ones), and get a good night’s sleep. In the morning you’ll likely be good as new, but if not just repeat this process every night until your feet feel and look better.

7. Moisturizing Socks can be life-changing for your feet when on the go.

gel moisturizing socks

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If you’re constantly on your feet, you understand the damage that happens to your heels, making any and all shoes unpleasant to walk in. If this sounds like something you experience, then you need to check out these moisturizing heel socks! They repair, heal, and moisturize dry, cracked feet.

Although some reviews mention the socks have a tight fit, they do wonders for the feet and feel as comforting as a weighted blanket! Many reviews mention sleeping comfortably with them and really benefiting from this overnight treatment.

“Absolutely amazing! I’m not a fan of sleeping with socks, I get hot and find it uncomfortable. These socks are so comfortable that I don’t even know I’m wearing them. Really puts the cream to work as the rubber lining keeps the moisture in. You won’t very disappointed!” – Chantel

8. Exfoliate with a Foot Peel.

exfoliating foot mask

Buy it at Amazon

Foot peels can work some serious magic on damaged feet! This lavender-scented peel is made of all-natural ingredients and applied like a sock. It’s pain-free and removes the outermost cracked layer of skin, revealing renewed feet! Over 30,000 people on Amazon are loving this mind-blowing and oh-so-satisfying dry foot product.

9. Try applying Bag Balm.

bag balm

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From Athlete’s Foot to baby rashes, Bag Balm can pretty much help treat anything, and moisturizing dry feet is included in its healing capabilities! Simply apply it to your feet, preferably after bathing, and it’ll do wonders! Note that bag balm does have a strong smell, but it’s something most users get used to.

10. Castor Oil treats so many things, including dry feet!

castor oil bottle on sink

Buy it at Target | Amazon

It may seem strange since most people associate castor oil with hair growth, but there are so many other benefits to using it. One reader shared with us how much of a lifesaver it was to dry feet. Apply to your feet before going to bed, but remember to wear socks.

“I found that castor oil works better than anything else. You do have to wear socks to keep the oil from soiling the sheets but after about a week, my heels were completely healed, and they were really bad when I started using it. Castor oil is great for healing lots of skin issues.” – Pat

11. Aveeno Baby Eczema Nighttime Balm makes a world of a difference.

aveeno baby eczema therapy

Since it’s designed for cases of Eczema, this Aveeno product is sure to do wonders for your skin. Applying this nighttime balm after the shower or whenever your feet feel extra irritated will do wonders for your dry feet!

12. Lush Foot Lotion offers top-quality care.

lush pink peppermint foot cream

Buy it at Lush

Lush is full of naturally sourced wonderful products for skin, hair, and all-around self-care, and their Pink Peppermint foot lotion is no exception. It’s made of cocoa butter, peppermint oil, and spearmint oil to allow moisturizing, cooling, and refreshing elements therapeutically treat your dry feet.

*While we’re confident these dry feet remedies will work wonders on your little piggies, please make sure to consult with a trusted physician if you are concerned with the general health of your feet, have any skin issues, or other health concerns. 

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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 33

  1. abbyac

    I love my foot filer. I keep it hanging in my shower. At the end of my shower, after my feet have softened some, I lightly scrub. It’s quick and easy maintenance to keep my feet feeling smooth. No slimy feet. No having to wear socks at night.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for the feedback! Good to know how well that has worked for your feet!

  2. D Lynn

    I have always had dry cracked heals. No more ~ after using Aveeno baby Eczema Therapy nighttime balm. I always apply after my shower and any time they are feeling a little dry.

    • Lorna

      The best !!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s awesome to hear! Thanks a ton for sharing your experience!

  3. Robyn

    Great suggestions! I’ll try these out. Just a heads up – I bought some new Equate (Walmart brand) petroleum jelly to replace my couple of year old exact product and the consistency is completely different. It melted from my body heat and basically disappeared. It wasn’t the thick goopy coating I was expecting. I didn’t even have to spend any time trying to work it into my hands. So maybe stick with a name brand.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh wow! Thanks for the warning, Robyn!

  4. je

    I use Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. The kind that regularly goes on sale at Costco. 🙂 I used to have bad cracks on the balls of my feet and very rough heels, but after daily use, I have the softest feet ever. It was not instant results and I used to have to apply twice a day and wear socks right after applying to help retain the moisture, but I just kept at it and now I just moisturize once a day. I even got my dad to use it on his feet and no more heel filing for him!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Good to know how well that has worked for you both! Thanks a bunch for commenting, Je!

  5. Ang

    Nothing will change your feet like a peeling foot mask. I got mine at ulta but they have them at places like Walmart as well. Its gross looking when your feet start to peel but worth a couple days of ugly for baby smooth feet and heels. Calluses I’ve had for more than 20 years completely gone!

    • Jackie

      Have been thinking about getting one of those so bad. Does it hurt? I know when I get a full pedicure my feet are a little tender the first day and that’s my fear that it’s so aggressive that it may hurt my feet. But I want to do one so bad!!!!

      • Emily

        I have super sensitive skin, and it doesn’t irritate my feet.

        • Jackie

          Thanks Emily, I might have to try it then 😬. I have seen them at Marshall’s so I might grab one next time I go there 😊

      • Jan

        You can also use acne face pads with salicylic acid. I do that during garden season when mine get bad!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh wow! I’ve been thinking of trying it out! Thanks for sharing with us, Ang!

    • Lexy

      I’ve seen one from YouTuber ItsJudyLife she bought it from Amazon but 1 single set did cost over $25 🤯way over my budget for a One time use

    • TK

      I recently tried one, and it did nothing to my feet. It did make the skin extremely tight and dry, but I’m on day 7 and there’s no dead skin coming off and with my feet there should be.

    • Emily

      I second this. After the shedding is done, your feet will look and feel fantastic.

    • Bev

      What brand did you use Ang?

    • Becky

      I agree! My feet used to be very dry and were often times very smelly. I tried Earth Therapeutics Gentle Foot Peel and my feet are 100 times better and I rarely have super stinky feet.

    • Toni

      It works well. However, if you have deep cracks with exposed tissue, do not use this! Wait until the crack has healed a little bit. I learned the hard way.

    • Becky

      I agree with Ang. My feet were so dry and stinky. After doing an Earth Therapeutics foot peel from Target they no longer smell and they were so smooth. They got dry again so I tried the foot peel from Amazon listed above and it didn’t work as well, they barely peeled. I highly recommend the Earth Therapeutics Foot Peel. I’ve seen them at Wal-Mart, Target, and Kohl’s for around $3!

  6. KT

    Does anyone have good recommendations for corns? I have one on each of my feet (right in the middle of the ball of my foot ) and they are painful. I’ve tried dr scholls and they don’t do anything. Thank you!

    • Angie

      After wearing high heels for years, my family physician drilled out a corn on my toe and it never came back, and It’s been over 35 years! He first numbed the toe, drilled deep, but no pain whatsoever while it healed up. I can’t even see where it used to be. I had him do the same to a wart on my finger and the same result.

    • JD827

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      For relief try lambs wool padding. It’s available online from CVS. It is probably time for a podiatrist.

  7. hypnoticroots

    My holy grail multipurpose product is CERAVE healing ointment. Use it on wounds under bandaids, on my babies bum, on dry patches and on my lips! Fantastic product. Also – St Ives scrub is great when used as a foot scrub (just keep that stuff off your face lol)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful suggestion! Awesome that has been so useful!

  8. laura

    A few months ago I got the filer and while for the first few times it was great and I thought it was the best thing ever, however now I think it really screwed up my feet. They are SO rough and I stopped with the filing. It’s like they can’t get smooth now and jagged. Even after just using a pumice and slathering on o’keefes.

  9. Lisa

    Buy a tin of Bag Balm (amazon, Walmart, target, cvs etc all have it) a little goes a long way and the tin last forever. It’s a miracle ointment! When I had my cast removed my leg was so dry it was bleeding. Bag balm helped with one application. (With socks on) I use it on my hands with gloves too. Best dry skin product ever!

  10. Pat

    I found that castor oil works better than anything else. You do have to wear socks to keep the oil from soiling the sheets, but after about a week. my heels were completely healed and they were really bad when I started using it. Castor oil is great for healing lots of skin issues.

  11. Melissa J

    LUSH Pink Peppermint Foot Lotion is a godsend!!!

  12. ToriSC

    Lush also has something called “Repeat” that is a foot balm. Has a nice orange smell (contain blood orange oil) and while it’s like a thick salve in the container, it spreads like an oil. So I put it on at night with socks. I actually like it better than the O’Keefe healthy feet.

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