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How Do Cracked Heels Develop?

If you experience cracked heels, you may be aware of the discomfort this condition can cause. The skin is typically hard and dry on the heel of the foot, resulting in the development of fissures, or cracks. These breaks in the skin can be deep, possibly causing the onset of severe pain. There are several causes of cracked heels, and these may include standing on a hard surface for the majority of the day, choosing to wear shoes with thin soles, or if a particular style of walking is executed. Occasionally, there may be skin conditions that may contribute to the development of cracked heels and are often referred to as eczema or dermatitis. The benefits of utilizing a moisturizer regularly will not only aid in healing the skin, but will help the skin on the heels feel better. It’s advised to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist if you would like additional information on how to treat cracked heels.


If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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