Dealing with Cracked Heels


If you are experiencing cracked skin on your heels, it’s important to find the cause and treat the condition before you develop deep cracks in your skin. This can lead to bleeding and create an entry point for infection causing bacteria.

Some of the causes of cracked heels include the following:

  • Poorly fitting shoes - Shoes need to be comfortable while providing extra cushioning and support for your heels. Arch supports and specially made orthotic inserts can help redistribute the weight and take some of the stress off the heel area.
  • Inadequate moisture - One of the ways to help prevent the thick, dry calluses that build up on your feet is to apply a daily moisturizing cream to the dry skin on your feet. A good method for getting maximum absorption is to apply the lotion at night before going to bed and cover the foot with a sock so the cream doesn’t rub off so quickly.
  • Carrying extra pounds - Sideways expansion of the heels is often the cause of major cracking problems. This is exacerbated in overweight individuals who spend a lot of time on their feet all day walking on hard surfaces. Wearing proper footwear and losing some weight can help alleviate the pain and discomfort.
  • Systemic and other health problems - Conditions including diabetes and thyroid problems can lead to your skin drying out and possible skin cracking on your feet. Skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema may also lead to drying and cracking.

If you are experiencing cracked heel problems, we highly recommend that you consult our board certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!