Causes, Prevention & Treatment of Cracked Heels

Causes, Prevention & Treatment of Cracked Heels


No one wants to worry about the problem of having dry, cracked heels due to lack of moisture. This can cause constant discomfort and interrupt our busy lives. Whenever feet become too dry, they can crack and split into areas causing extreme discomfort. It can be painful to walk on or even touch but is a very treatable condition. It can be due to a number of factors from the shoes you wear to an internal medical issue causing your skin to lose too much moisture. It’s important to learn the causes of dry heels, thus preventing it from becoming a serious issue! There are a few things from the elements to your own health that causes this issue.

Seasonal Dryness

A common winter skin problem is dryness in your environment and it affects your skin’s moisture levels. Whether it’s chapped lips, dry skin, or cracked heels the cold weather can really affect the moisture that your skin is able to retain. So, in the winter season, it is extra important to moisturize your skin using a deep moisturizing lotion. This is especially important in the evenings. Apply lotion to your heels and wear a pair of cotton socks that will keep your feet moisturized throughout the night.

Health & Diet

If you have a health issue such as diabetes, cracked heels are naturally more common. Managing your condition well can help with the dryness of your skin and feet. Other health issues such as being overweight or being vitamin deficient can cause your skin to lose moisture. Finding a good balance of Vitamin E, zinc, and Omega 3 fatty acids can help balance out the moisture levels in your skin overall whether it’s through a healthy and balanced diet or a daily multivitamin.

Hydration and Dehydration

Your heels can become cracked and dry when there is too little water in your body. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is very important to keeping your skin healthy and moisturized.

On the other hand, when your skin comes into contact with hot water or chemicals in water for a long period of time, a chemical imbalance can occur in your skin causing your feet to become dry. When this happens, it is vital to take steps to moisturize and restore your skin’s natural moisture balance using moisturizers or oils.

Taking good care of your skin by moisturizing can prevent dry and cracked heels from occurring. Eating a healthy and balanced diet can also play a role in keeping your skin soft and moisturized. There are certain steps that you can take to care of and prevent future episodes of cracked heels:

  • Use a moisturizer daily and liberally. Wear socks after applying the lotions or oils to keep the moisture in contact with your skin.
  • Wear shoes that are not too tight or loose and are a good fit for your feet.
  • Maintain a good balance of vitamins and minerals in your diet- even taking a multivitamin will keep the moisture balanced in your skin.
  • Regularly scrub your feet of all dead skin cells using a scrubbing brush or pumice stone and be sure to follow up with a moisturizer.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!



Do you suffer from Heel Pain? Sometimes over the counter treatments and methods are not enough for a severe cracked heel issue and a specialist may be able to prescribe medication that can heal and prevent future issues with dry and cracked feet. Feel free to contact us to schedule an evaluation with a podiatrist that may be able to determine the source and provide a solution for your heels.

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