14 Best Foot Creams to Heal Dry, Cracked Heels and Calluses

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Your feet carry your entire body around all day, every day, which can take a huge toll on them. Whether you’re walking around in cramped shoes, sandals that expose your skin, or (ouch!) barefoot, one of the results is skin dryness and even cracking and calluses, especially in the heel area where dead skin cells tend to build up.

Since the skin on the feet is thicker than that on other areas of the body, you’ll need a specialized foot cream to soften and heal cracked heels and very dry, hard patches. Foot creams generally are made with heavier, richer textures than face creams or body lotions, making them perfect for tackling rougher-than-normal skin.

How to find the best foot cream

To soften feet and soothe cracked heels and callouses overnight, follow these shopping and application tips:

These are the best foot creams and foot care products to soften very dry skin, cracked heels and calluses, according to GH Beauty Lab experts and reviewers:

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Best Overall Foot Cream

Coconut Foot Creme

Burt’s Bees


This heavy-duty Burt’s Bees foot salve, a GH beauty editor favorite for over a decade, is based on a plethora of nourishing botanical oils including olive, coconut, oat, and soybean for deep nourishment. It immediately softens tough skin and dry patches when massaged into skin or worn with socks. Even better? The balm smells like warm, sweet coconut — an escape for worn-out feet (and senses). 

  • Rich formula
  • Deeply hydrating
  • Great scent

Best Value Foot Cream

Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy



AmLactin’s fragrance-free cream is laced with lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid exfoliant often used in anti-aging skincare products that works to increase cell turnover, sloughing off dead skin to leave it soft, smooth, and younger-looking. “This stuff is amazing! It will make even the worst feet super soft in just a few days,” a reviewer raved. “I put it on … and wake up with feet that feel softer than they do after a pedicure.” 

  • Exfoliates skin
  • Intensely softening
  • Bargain price

Best Foot Cream for Calluses

Healthy Feet Foot Cream



Small pot, big benefits: This O’Keeffe’s formula, packed with skin-replenishing fatty acids and conditioning paraffin, is the top-rated foot cream on Amazon for tackling calluses. It’s racked up over 33,000 reviews, including dramatic photos of users’ heels before and after treatment with the cream. “My feet have been cracked non-stop for probably the last 10 years— I’ve tried literally everything and was incredibly embarrassed by them,” one reviewer reported. “After 4+ weeks my feet have never been better…there are zero cracks.”

  • 33,000+ Amazon reviews
  • Intensely nourishing ingredients
  • Repairs rough, callused skin
  • Good value

Best Foot Cream for Diabetics

Shea Enriched Foot Cream

Dr Teal’s


This affordable Dr Teal’s foot cream is loaded with high-quality hydrating ingredients like skin-repairing fatty acids and softening shea butter. And it really works: “My husband uses this cream for his diabetic feet,” a reviewer said. “I buy two at a time — it works on his dry, cracked, and painful skin.”

  • Effective for diabetic feet
  • Good value

Best Foot Cream for Cracked Heels

Ultra Softening Heel and Elbow Cream



Tackle stubborn cracked heels (and elbows, too!) with this targeted Glytone cream, which contains high levels of skin-sloughing glycolic acid. “The only thing that will truly make a difference on dry cracked heels,” a Dermstore reviewer said. (Note that the potent formula is made to be rinsed off, per packaging instructions.)

  • Strong formula
  • Exfoliates and softens cracked skin
  • Must be rinsed off

Best Relaxing Foot Cream

Foot Relief Foot Cream



Take a load off fatigued feet thanks to Aveda’s cream, which refreshes with cooling menthol and mint, plus a laundry list of other natural plant oils and extracts (castor, jojoba, rosemary, lavender, sunflower, tea tree, apple, green tea, willow bark, orange, and more!). It’s top-rated at Nordstrom with almost 1,000 reviews for a reason: “I can’t say how much I love this foot cream!” one reviewer enthused. “It literally feels like my feet can breathe after using it! You really can tell a difference in just one use. My feet feel spa fresh.”

  • High levels of natural ingredients
  • Refreshing formula

Best Foot Cream with Urea

Advanced Repair Foot Cream



From a GH Beauty Lab gold-standard brand for body skin moisturization, this Eucerin formula made with smoothing urea and lactic acid earned high marks on Walmart for its almost-instant results in softening dry feet. “We have tried every cream, even some prescription creams, and Eucerin Intensive Repair Foot Cream out-lasted them all,” one reviewer noted. “It made my feet feel silky smooth in just one day! It did away with the rough, cracked calluses and dry, flaky skin.”

  • Intensely softening ingredients
  • Fast-acting
  • Great value

Best Foot Cream for Dry Skin

Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream



Weleda’s cult classic cream truly works from your head to your toesWizemann uses the botanical oil and beeswax-based formula on both her feet and her face. “This saves my skin from feeling dry and itchy and works wonders on my feet and elbows, but I have known to apply it anywhere my skin feels dry — my face included,” she says.  “It smells incredible: energizing yet relaxing at the same time.”

  • Nourishes dehydrated skin
  • Works all over the body
  • Great scent

Best Foot Cream for Thick, Dead Skin

Renewing SA Foot Cream



Made with the dead skin-sloughing ingredient salicylic acid often found in facial skincare products, this fragrance-free CeraVe foot cream is also top-rated with consumers. It’s infused with the brand’s signature ceramides, lipids that naturally occur in skin, making it a great choice for smoothing roughness. “I have notoriously rough feet…and it has drastically changed my feet,” a reviewer marveled. “They are so much softer.”

  • Deeply moisturizing
  • Exfoliates to smooth skin

Best Exfoliating Foot Cream

Heels & Feet Moisturizer Plus Gentle Exfoliator

Arm & Hammer


A novel moisturizer plus exfoliator hybrid, Arm & Hammer’s formula gets rid of rough, flaky foot skin with glycolic acid to help turn over dead skin cells and a hands-free massaging brush applicator to further smooth. “The little soft scrubbing nubs help get the cream into any cracks around your heel and feels great,” one Amazon reviewer said. 

  • Moisturizes and exfoliates
  • Built-in massaging applicator
  • Good value

Best Soothing Foot Cream for Tired Feet

Dead Sea Water Mineral Foot Cream



Made with calming aloe, cooling menthol, antibacterial tea tree oil, and exfoliating salicylic acid, Ahava’s foot cream, a best-seller, is like a spa treatment for your feet. Two reviewers called it the best foot cream they’ve ever used. “We have hard water, hence very dry and cracked feet,” one raved. It “smooths the skin so they feel like a baby’s.”

  • Contains calming and cooling ingredients
  • Silkens skin

Best Scented Foot Cream

Tea Tree Foot Cream



A line of skincare products created just to treat feet, Footnanny’s collection offers foot creams in an array of scents, from florals like jasmine and rose to calming aromas like lavender and tea tree. The formula is made with skin nourishers like cocoa and shea butters and vitamin E, and the tea tree oil in this variant also has antibacterial properties. 

  • Multiple fragrance options
  • Aromatherapy benefits

Best Foot Mask

Repairing Cica Foot Mask



Like a sheet mask for your feet, Aveeno’s disposable single-use paper booties are infused with moisturizers like glycerin, oat oil, and shea butter, making them a great way to revive the look and feel of your feet in between or in place of a pedicure. They’ve earned more than 300 5-star reviews on Ulta: “I used this foot mask and after my feet were softer and more moisturized than they have ever been in my entire life!” a reviewer marveled. “I’ve gotten spa pedicures that haven’t had my feet feeling this good.”

  • Pampering, spa-like effects
  • Softens skin quickly
  • Bargain price
  • Single-use

Best Overnight Foot Cream

Healing Ointment Moisturizing Skin Protectant



$13.88 (18% off)

Good Housekeeping Seal star Aquaphor really is the ultimate skincare multitasker: The salve, rich in glycerin, petrolatum, and provitamin B5 , even works to soften and heal the skin on the feet. The ointment is thick, so try applying it before bed, then slip on socks so it can smooth rough heels while you sleep. GH Beauty Lab data evaluation confirmed 91% of consumer testers agreed that it repaired extremely dry, cracked skin.

  • Thick, rich salve formula
  • Repairs cracked skin
  • Good value

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