Cracked heels (or fissures) often stem from a combination of factors that demand attention and care. One prominent contributor is dry skin, resulting from insufficient moisturization or exposure to harsh weather conditions. Prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces can also lead to the development of cracked heels, subjecting the skin to excessive pressure. Wearing ill-fitting or open-back footwear may contribute, as these can fail to provide adequate support and lead to calluses, further exacerbating heel fissures. Certain medical conditions, including diabetes or thyroid disorders, may compromise skin health, making individuals more susceptible to cracked heels. Neglecting proper foot hygiene or engaging in excessive hot baths can strip the skin of essential oils, intensifying the risk. Recognizing these common causes of cracked heels empowers individuals to adopt preventative measures. If you have developed cracked heels that have become painful or infected, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment options and prevention tips.
If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.
Ways to Help Heal Them
- Invest in a good foot cream
- Try Using Petroleum Jelly
- Ease up on Soaps
- Drink Plenty of Water
Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels
- Moisturize After Showering
- Skip a Shower
- Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
- Don’t Scrub Your Feet
If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.