What Causes Cracked Heels?

By Walkrite Foot Clinic April 27, 2018

At some point in your life, you are going to find yourself with dry and cracked heels. However, there are some people that may be in a constant battle with their feet over this issue. In order to know exactly how to treat this problem, it is important to know what causes it. Prevention is really important in everything, especially when it comes to cracked heels. The problem is that this seemingly simple affliction can lead to more serious problems like infections. Let’s take a closer look at just what causes this problem and if you should be concerned with it.

In general, this is a problem that is causes by not having enough moisture. There are a few common reasons for this problem. One big reason is because of the cold, winter weather that you dread. You know that this weather wreaks havoc on your skin so it should be no surprise that this is a culprit behind your cracked heels. This can also happen if you do not spend the extra time to moisturize your feet. Sometimes it also has to do with the type of lotion that you use. It may take some trial and error to find the right one, but it will be very much worth it when you do. Always moisturize your feet after you get out of the shower and dry your feet well. Another common reason for this is if you are dehydrated. If you are not consuming enough water, you will be depriving your body of the liquid it needs to survive including when it comes to your skin. Other simple issues include scrubbing your feet too hard, taking showers or baths that are way too hot, or using harsh soaps on your feet that take moisture from them.

These are some common issues but there are so many other problems that can lead to cracked heels. A big problem can come from having diabetes. Diabetes can do a number on your body and this is something that is especially true for your feet. The same goes for a variety of other medical conditions, which you should talk to your doctor about to see what they recommend to remedy this problem. Your age and weight are also factors that can affect your feet, increasing your risk of cracked heels. Finally, you need to watch out for the shoes that you wear, which can also impact your feet in this way.

Cracked heels on their own are not a huge issue but they can lead to more serious problems such as painful openings and fissures on your feet. If it gets to this point and is left untreated, you will run the risk of a potentially dangerous infection. If you are having problems, there are topical creams on the market that you can purchase that can help repair the damage as well as to prevent issues. You could also start to use a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells from your foot before they become a problem.

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