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Complications of Cracked Heels

Cracks in the heels occur due to damage to the skin's protective outer layer. This layer normally retains moisture in the skin through natural oils. However, when this barrier is compromised by things like ill-fitting shoes, harsh weather, or an inadequate diet, moisture escapes. Consequently, the skin becomes dry, brittle, and rigid. Over time, the pressure of one’s body weight causes the skin to split and bleed, resulting in varying sizes and depths of cracks. The discomfort associated with cracked heels stems from the exposure of sensitive lower skin layers, easily irritated by the environment, and prone to snagging on socks or clothing. While cracked heels are primarily a cosmetic concern, in severe cases, deep cracks that bleed can raise the risk of infection. This is particularly concerning for individuals with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, where severe skin damage or infection is a higher risk. To alleviate the pain of cracked heels, rehydration to restore the skin's protective barrier is key. Applying moisturizer daily and cushioning the feet with comfortable shoes and padded insoles can aid in the healing process. If you suffer from persistent or worsening cracked heels, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

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 Desiree Garzon, DPM from County Wide Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care. 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 offices located in Boynton Beach, and Wellington, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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