Causes and Prevention Tips for Cracked Heels

Rough and cracked heels can cause discomfort and embarrassment. This can be a temporary condition as the causes and simple prevention tips are explored to achieve smooth, sandal-ready feet. Cracked heels can result from various factors, such as dry skin, lack of moisture, prolonged standing, and wearing open-back shoes. Additionally, certain medical conditions such as diabetes and thyroid issues may exacerbate the problem. Maintaining proper hydration is important in the prevention of cracked heels. This can be done by drinking plenty of water daily and keeping the feet moisturized. A good foot cream is best applied after a bath or shower. Exfoliate gently by regularly removing dead skin with a pumice stone or foot file to prevent buildup. It is beneficial to opt for supportive and well-fitting shoes to minimize pressure on your heels. The feet can be pampered with occasional warm foot baths while adding a few drops of essential oils for added relaxation. By following these simple tips, you can bid farewell to cracked heels and welcome the joy of smooth feet. If you would like more information about prevention techniques for cracked heels, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

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 Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

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 Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.