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Dry, Cracked Heels
If you have dry, cracked heels and heels, you have a common ailment known as dry skin.

While having dry, cracked heels is not dangerous, it can feel painful, and if the cracking starts to bleed, it can lead to infection – an especially serious problem for anyone with a chronic disease such as diabetes, or a lowered immune system due to age or illness.
What Causes Dry, Cracked Heels?
Dry, cracked heels and heels can result from a variety of reasons:
  • Age
  • Improperly fitting shoes
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Household heat that reduces humidity and dries out the skin
Symptoms: Do You Have Dry, Cracked Heels?
The most common symptoms of dry, cracked heels and heels include:
  • Red or flaky patches
  • Peeling and cracked skin
  • Itchy skin
Soften Dry, Cracked Heels
The best way to treat and also prevent dry, cracked heels and heels is to use good therapeutic ointments and creams. Avoid using lotions, as these often contain alcohol, which actually cause your dry, cracked heels to worsen.

Additional therapies for dry, cracked heels and heels include:
  • Use a pumice stone or sand stone to file hard, dry, cracked heels, and use foot creams to penetrate and hydrate your dry, cracked heels.
  • Use foot care creams especially designed for nighttime use, and wear socks to help the foot cream better absorb into your dry, cracked heels during sleep.
  • Check your shoes regularly for tight spots and areas that rub against your dry, cracked heels.
  • Use insoles and other corrective devices to eliminate points of friction on your dry, cracked heels.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with a wide toe box.
Make sure you avoid getting foot lotion, foot balm and foot cream between your toes, as the additional moisture can lead to bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot. If your dry, cracked heels get any worse, or bleeding occurs, consult a physician.
Products to Treat Dry, Cracked Heels Available on FootSmart can help treat your dry, cracked heels and heels with our wide assortment of balms, creams and lotions. If you are suffering from chronic dry, cracked heels, however, please consult your local podiatrist before attempting any treatment plan.

For example, Podiatrist’s Secret Recovery Cream with Tea Tree Oil can soften your dry, cracked heels and heels. This dry, cracked heels solution product contains alpha hydroxy fruit acid, plus deep-penetrating urethin to soften hard skin and remove cracks and fissures.

FootSmart sells many other products designed to help treat your dry, cracked heels and heels. Start shopping today.

Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.
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