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Cracked Heels

Overview

What Are Cracked Heels?

When the skin on the bottom of your heels becomes overly dry, it can split and crack. These fissures can be painful and bleed and if they persist can become infected.
Symptoms

What Are The Symptoms Of Cracked Heels?

The most common symptoms of cracked heels are:
  • Hard, plaster-like skin on your heel
  • Visible cracks on the bottom of your heel
  • Calluses on the rim around your heel
  • Bleeding
  • Heel pain
  • Swelling/inflammation
If you have diabetes it is critical to have cracked heels treated by a chiropodist as soon as symptoms appear. Untreated fissures can leave your feet vulnerable to infections and foot ulcers.
To schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners, use the booking form below or call 416-769-FEET(3338). You do not need a referral to become a patient at our clinic.
Treatment

How Do I Treat Cracked Heels?

Cracked heel treatment may include:
  • Moisturize feet with an oil-based balm or cream
  • Apply chemical exfoliant cream
  • Wash your feet with a gentle, moisturizing soap
  • Warm foot soaks
  • Routine foot exfoliation that prevents the build up of hardened dry skin
  • Over-the-counter insoles that provide extra cushioning under the heel
  •  A chiropodist (foot specialist) can treat cracked heels removing callused skin surrounding fissures to repair the skin’s elasticity as well as offload pressures on the heels to help the fissures close
Our Toronto foot clinic is open six days a week and offers a variety of product for cracked heels. You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic.
Risk Factors

What Causes Cracked Heels?

Certain risk factors may increase your chances of developing cracked heels:
  • Severely dry skin
  • Cold winter weather
  • Taking frequent very hot baths or showers
  • Using harsh soaps to clean your feet
  • Diabetes
  • Overgrown heel callus that becomes devascularised and can crack
Prevention

How Do I Prevent Cracked Heels?

Here are various foot care solutions you can do to prevent cracked heels:
  • Moisturize feet with an oil-based cream
  • Avoid excessively hot baths or showers
  • Wash your feet with a gentle, moisturizing soap
  • Warm foot soaks
  • Routine foot exfoliation that prevents the build up of hardened dry skin
  • Avoid using a loofah, pumice stone, or foot file on dry feet
  • If your feet and heels are dry, avoid standing for too long at a time – excessive pressure on your heel pad can cause it to expand and crack brittle skin that has lost its elasticity
  • See a chiropodist (foot specialist) regularly for routine callus removal around the heels to repair skin’s elasticity and help prevent future breaks in the skin and risk of infection
  • See a chiropodist for recommendations on foot creams and foot care products
Articles about Cracked Heels by Feet First Clinic

Book an appointment for cracked heels

You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic. Schedule an appointment by using the Appointment Request form below or phoning the clinic at 416-769-FEET(3338).