Are there ways to prevent my heels from cracking?

Pointing at Cracks in HeelIt is much safer and easier to prevent cracked heels than to deal with the pain, bleeding, and possible infection after they form. As soon as you notice that the skin on your feet feels dry, start a rigorous moisturizing program. This includes taking short, warm showers—not long hot ones—and using a lotion or cream religiously morning and night. Make sure the product does not contain alcohol or harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin. (You’d be surprised how many of them do!)

Other things you can do to prevent heel fissures are alternating open shoes and sandals with socks and shoes that protect your feet from dry air or too much pressure. Make sure they fit well and provide adequate cushioning so the skin is not stressed by your weight. Speaking of weight, it helps to keep that under control, too.

Sometimes an underlying condition like diabetes, lack of certain vitamins, skin diseases, or even simple age-related factors can cause dry skin. If your homecare regimen doesn’t address your issues, don’t put off getting expert help. The staff at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, CO are only a phone call away at (303) 423-2520.