Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common foot condition characterized by dry, thickened skin with visible splits or cracks on the heels. These cracks can be superficial and painless, but in severe cases, they may deepen, bleed, or become painful, making walking and standing uncomfortable. Several factors contribute to the development of cracked heels, and some individuals are more susceptible than others. Dry skin, often due to inadequate moisturization or natural skin type, is a primary cause. The skin on the soles of the feet is naturally thicker and can become dehydrated, leading to cracking. Prolonged standing or walking, especially in ill-fitting shoes, can put excessive pressure on the feet and increase the risk. Additionally, underlying health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and psoriasis can make an individual more prone to heel fissures. Effective prevention and treatment for cracked heels include regular moisturizing, wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes, using foot supports, and addressing any underlying health concerns. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can prescribe effective medication for relief and recovery.
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 Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.