Having cracked heels may make you think twice about showing of your feet in sandals but cracked heels can have a negative impact to more than just your feet’s appearance.

If deep fissures and cracks develop in your heels they can make walking and standing painful. Not to mention these openings are an easy way for germs to enter through your skin and cause infection.

Diabetics are likely to experience cracked heels because damage to nerves in the feet from uncontrolled blood sugars can cause dry skin. People with diabetes are even more likely to sustain an infection from cracked heels than non-diabetics. If you are diabetic, it is important to examine your feet frequently for signs of cracks or infection.

Causes for Heel Fissures

  • Dry skin
  • Taking very hot baths or showers
  • Using harsh soaps
  • Living in a dry climate
  • Cold winter weather
  • Consistently walking barefoot or wearing flip-flops or sandals
  • Obesity
  • Inactive sweat glands
  • Not moisturizing your eat
  • Aging

Prevention Heel Fissures

  • Avoid wearing flip flops and sandals
  • Moisturize your feet regularly
  • Soak and gently exfoliate your feet
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

Treatment of Heel Fissures

  • Use a humectant moisturizer to help fill the gaps and reduce moisture loss
  • Apply an occlusive moisturizer over the top to seal moisture in.

See a podiatrist if you experience soreness, redness, swelling, or severe pain in any area of the foot for more than a few days.  A podiatrist can treat any associated infection and also offer solutions to help your skin heal properly. Schedule an appointment today using our convenient online appointment request form or by calling (877) 905-5907.