< Back to Blog

6 methods that can help treat cracked heels

The key to preventing dry, cracked heels is to keep your feet moisturized using medications or moisturizing foot creams. If the skin on your heels is too dry to support daily pressure caused by walking, standing, running, and other activities, your dry skin can end up splitting. If you walk barefoot or wear shoes that don’t fit properly, bacteria and other debris can enter your skin through the cracks and increase your risk for infection.

The first step you should take if you have dry, cracked heels is to visit your podiatrist for an examination and treatment. Deep cracks may require treatment from a podiatrist, who may even be able to use a special type of medical glue that can seal your cracks until your feet have fully recovered and are able to retain moisture.

Here are other ways to prevent your heels from becoming cracked.

1. Use high-quality foot cream

Greasy foot cream and oils can help moisturize dry, cracked heels. Consult with your podiatrist for recommendations on the best brands of foot creams and moisturizers, and apply these products to your feet as soon as you’re done bathing. You may even want to try using petroleum jelly.

2. Switch to mild soaps

Harsh brands of antibacterial soaps are the worst culprits for dry, cracked heels. If you suspect that your current soap brand is the reason the skin on your feet is dry, switch to using a gentle, mild soap brand that won’t suck the moisture out of your skin.

3. Drink more water

Keeping your body hydrated is key to healthy skin, including the skin on your feet. Make a conscious effort to drink more water throughout the day, and if possible, switch from drinking sodas and sugary drinks to water.

4. Shower less, if possible

On days you’re less active, consider showering less often, if possible. Bathing too often can strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture. If it’s absolutely necessary for you to shower once or twice per day, limit yourself to brief showers.

5. Wash your feet in cooler water

Hot water will dry out your skin, too. Start bathing in lukewarm or cool water to help your feet retain their moisture.

6. Stop scrubbing your feet

Scrubbing your feet to wash them clean, as well as scrubbing them roughly to remove moisture when you get out of the shower will also increase your risk for dry, cracked heels. Instead, use a soft towel to gently pat your feet dry.

Are your heels dry and cracked, and feel painful as a result? Call Kansas City Foot Specialists to schedule an evaluation at (913) 338-4440, or request an appointment online so we can determine the true cause of your injury and get you back on your feet.