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How Do Cracked Heels Develop?

Monday, 16 April 2018 00:00

If you experience cracked heels, you may be aware of the discomfort this condition can cause. The skin is typically hard and dry on the heel of the foot, resulting in the development of fissures, or cracks. These breaks in the skin can be deep, possibly causing the onset of severe pain. There are several causes of cracked heels, and these may include standing on a hard surface for the majority of the day, choosing to wear shoes with thin soles, or if a particular style of walking is executed. Occasionally, there may be skin conditions that may contribute to the development of cracked heels and are often referred to as eczema or dermatitis. The benefits of utilizing a moisturizer regularly will not only aid in healing the skin, but will help the skin on the heels feel better. It’s advised to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist if you would like additional information on how to treat cracked heels.


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 Accent Podiatry Associates. 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 offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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