Dry cracked heels are a common, yet frustrating foot problem which can be painful if not treated. This condition can affect people of all age groups and genders but is most common in women. Most of us tend to neglect our cracked heels, but if left untreated these cracks can move deep and lead to complications like fungal infections and ulcerations. Taking proper foot care is very important for people with diabetes to avoid further complications like foot ulcers.
A cracked heel also referred to as heel fissures. It is a foot condition which arises when skin on the bottom of the heels becomes dry. The skin of our feet gets drier very easily as it does not have any oil glands there. Due to this excess dryness, skin of the foot loses its elasticity and leads to crackling of the heels. Cracked heels are more common in the winter season.
Causative factors of dry cracks on foot
As the name suggests dry cracks on foot are mainly caused due to excess skin dryness or lack of moisture. Few other factors which can lead to cracked feet include
- Cold weather
- Standing for longer hours
- Walking with barefoot
- Wearing inappropriate shoe
- Usage of harsh soaps
- Being obese
- Thyroid disorders
- Callus (thickening of the skin)
- Athlete’s Foot
- Taking hot water shower for longer periods
- Vitamin Deficiency.
Tips to heal dry cracks on foot
One can easily say good bye to their cracked heels by following the below tips
- Moisturize your feet regularly at night, especially in winters
- Wear appropriate shoes or foot wear and also do not forget to wear socks
- Soak your feet in lukewarm soap water for few minutes and exfoliate the dead skin by scrubbing it gently
- Drink enough water and be hydrated
- Avoid hot water shower
- Apply coconut oil to your foot at night times
- Maintain foot hygiene
- Apply heel balms overnight.