The most common type of dry skin on the foot develops on the heels. Cracked heels are a common foot problem that is often referred to as heel fissures. Cracked heels are commonly caused by dry skin, and made more complicated if the skin around the rim of the heel is thick (callus). For most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem, but when the fissures or cracks are deep, they are painful to stand on and the skin can bleed – in severe cases this can become infected.
If the cracks are bad enough there will be pain on weight bearing that is not there when weight is off the heel. The edges or rim around the heel will generally have a thicker area of skin (callus). Wearing open or thin soled shoes usually make the symptoms worse.
Some people tend to have a naturally dry skin that predisposes them to the cracks. The thickened dry skin around the heel that is more likely to crack is often due to mechanical factors that increase pressures in that area (like the way you walk). Other factors that can be involved in the cause of cracked heels include:
- Prolonged standing
- Being overweight
- Wearing open-backed shoes
- Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
Prevention and Treatment:
- Moisturize feet regularly – Try PediFix Deep-Healing Foot Cream
- Try using a pumice stone to reduce the thickness of hard skin
- Avoid going barefoot
- Avoid wearing open-backed shoes, sandals or shoes with thin soles
ACG Medical Supply hopes that these suggestions improve your health and help to make you more comfortable. However, if you have concerns or if your symptom persists or condition worsens, we encourage you to consult a medical professional. Please note that people with diabetes and poor circulation should always consult a medical professional before performing any self-treatment.
Here at ACG Medical Supply, we offer a many options to meet your skin care needs. Visit our online store or contact us at 1-844-463-0737 for more information on our home medical supplies. We are here to help you!