Dry, cracked heels are not only unsightly, but they can also be a source of pain. When the fissures in your heel become extremely dry and cracked, they may begin to bleed. It can cause significant pain when you walk. Left untreated, heel fissures can also become infected. Don’t worry, though. Here we’ll go over everything you need to know about dry, cracked heels.
Cracked heels are most commonly caused by splitting of the skin as a result of severe dryness or thickening of a callus on your heel. Severe cases of dry, cracked heels can occur for numerous reasons, including:
- Cold winter weather or dry climates
- Having diabetes
- Scrubbing feet too harshly
- Soaking in a hot bath or shower for too long or too frequently
- Not moisturizing the feet
- Increased weight
- Walking barefoot or wearing open-backed sandals or shoes
- Prolonged standing at work or home
- Chronic skin problems, such as eczema or psoriasis
Here are a few tips for keeping heels from cracking:
- Moisturize your feet daily.
- Avoid walking barefoot or wearing open-backed shoes.
- Opt for mild soaps that won’t dry out your heels.
- Increase your water intake to keep your body hydrated.
- Limit time in the shower as hot water dries out the skin.
- Use a pumice stone or file to gently decrease thick calluses.
Most cracked heels are simply annoying, or at least begin that way, but left untreated. They can lead to serious pain and, if not managed properly, a serious infection. Most cases of dry, cracked heels can get better by simply pampering your feet and using an over-the-counter foot cream. However, if the problem persists, you must contact an experienced podiatrist.
Contact a specialist immediately if you find an issue or are experiencing pain or discomfort. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and their staff will help diagnose and treat your foot or ankle. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.