What Causes Cracked Heels?

Published: November 2017

What Causes Cracked Heels?

As if our hard-working feet don't hurt enough, some of us have to contend with cracked heels

When the sensitive skin on the bottom of the feet and heels becomes too dry, it can split open, leaving painful cracks called fissures on your heels. Those cracks may not only make it painful to walk, but can also lead to serious infections.

Cracked Heels: How They Happen

Cracks in the heels are generally caused by insufficient moisture. These cracks can become sore and may even bleed. Seriously dry feet can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Cold winter weather

  • Dehydration, or not drinking enough water

  • Not moisturizing your feet

  • Taking very hot baths or showers

  • Soaking in a hot bath for too long or too frequently

  • Using harsh, drying soaps on your feet

  • Scrubbing feet dry

  • Having diabetes

Heel fissures and cracks occur when the skin loses its moisture content and dries out and cracks.

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