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How Do I Treat and Prevent My Cracked Heels?

Cracked heels can become painful, itchy and sometimes embarrassing- especially in the warmer weather where we look to change out footwear into something less enclosed.

What are the causes for cracked heels?

  • Footwear; walking barefoot or in shoes such as thongs, sandals or any open backed shoes, which dries the skin out. Also poor fitting shoes can place extra pressure on the heels.
  • Increased weight, causing extra pressure on the heels and more hard skin formation.
  • Fungal infections/tinea.
  • Dry and scaly skin that cause be caused by changes in climate, such as low humidity during dry summers or cold winters.
  • Metabolic and hormonal conditions, such as thyroid or hormonal imbalances (estrogen), diabetes & neuropathy, dermatitis, kidney disease and psoriasis.
  • Reduced Circulation.
  • Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and zinc
  • Age- as with getting older the skin can become thick, dry and scaly which loses its elasticity.


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Can I manage my heels cracks at home?

  • Most cases of minor dry and cracked heels will respond quickly to home treatments.
  • These should include daily application of foot cream, giving special attention to the heels and bottom surface of the foot.
  • While in the shower or bath (the skin is softer), gently remove the excess dead skin with a file or pumice stone.
  • Improvement should occur within a few days.

Please note home care should be avoided or precautions should be taken with diabetes, poor blood supply or if you have a weakened immune system.If the cracks remain or your feet start to get worse- it is time to see a podiatrist!


What does a podiatry treatment for cracked heels involve?

  • Safe removal (debridement) of the hard skin with specialised and sterilized podiatric instruments.
  • For large heel cracks we may be able to dress or tape these areas to help adhere them back together and provide long term management advice.
  • For elderly people who have heel cracks, podiatry attention is crucial to help prevent ulcerations and bed sores.
  • Information regarding what sort of creams or emollients will be best for your skin type.
  • Advice on how to keep your heels in good and healthy condition.

Most people love to have their heel callus removed leaving them smooth, looking healthy and feeling great! To make an appointment contact us at Proactive Podiatry  today.
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