Cracked heels are a common foot ailment stemming from dry and thickened skin around the heel edge. While they often cause cosmetic concerns, they can also trigger discomfort and pain. When left untreated, cracked heels may even lead to infection. Studies indicate that among adults who have encountered cracked skin on their feet, women report the condition more frequently than men. Deep cracks can be painful and bleed, particularly while standing. Obesity, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and prolonged standing can contribute to developing cracked heels. The skin's lack of moisture and decreased elasticity, especially under the heel's fat pad, can worsen the situation. Additional culprits include wearing open-back or poorly fitting shoes, friction, improper gait, and dry, cold weather. Additionally, athlete's foot, fungal infections, and heel spurs can significantly contribute to getting cracked heels. Countermeasures involve moisturizers, keratolytic creams, cotton socks, and liquid bandages. If soreness, redness, swelling, or severe pain from cracked heels persists for days, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for a consultation and 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 one of our podiatrists from Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.