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Possible Reasons for Cracked Heels

Cracked skin on the heels of your feet is a common foot condition. Usually, it is caused by environmental or lifestyle factors, such as wearing shoes that have open backs, wearing shoes that rub against your heels, standing for extended periods of time, using harsh soaps, taking long, hot showers, or living in a climate that is cold or has low humidity. If your cracked heels are caused by any of these factors, you can make small changes to heal cracks and prevent new ones from forming. For example, you could choose to wear shoes with a closed back, take shorter showers, and moisturize your feet regularly. Occasionally, cracked skin on the heels could be the first sign of more serious problems, like diabetes or neuropathy. If you notice any open sores or reduced sensation in the feet, or if the cracks on your heels become deep and painful, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment as soon as possible. 


Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Quality Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Somerset, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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