Question: All I’m seeing lately are ads for spring sandals. Well, I can forget that with these thick, tough calluses on the inner sides of my heels. My feet are in no condition to be shown off, unless I can do something about them. Any thoughts?
Dr. Wright: Thick, tough calluses on the inner sides of your heels are a definite sign of insufficient vitamin A. Take 50,000 to 60,000 IU of vitamin A daily. (Betacarotene wont do.) Yes, it’s safe for adults, even in such a large amount. In 2 to 3 months the calluses should be a little smaller, and in 8 to 9 months, they’ll be gone. At that point, cut back to 25,000 IU daily. It’s unlikely that the calluses will come back, but if they do, raise the amount again.
If your heels dry out and crack easily, or even bleed, you need more essential fatty acids (for the dryness) and zinc (for the cracking). Take 1 tablespoon of organic flaxseed oil and 30 milligrams of zinc (picolinate is best) twice daily until the cracking and dryness are both gone. Then you can reduce the quantity of each by at least half.
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