Cracked Heels: Causes, Home Remedies, and Prevention Tips

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, can be uncomfortable and unsightly, affecting people of all ages. These fissures occur when the skin on the heels becomes dry, thickened, and ultimately splits. In this post, we’ll explore the causes of cracked heels, share effective home remedies for relief, and provide tips for preventing this common foot ailment.

Causes of Cracked Heels:

  1. Dry Skin:

    • Dry air, harsh weather conditions, and lack of moisturization can lead to dry, cracked heels.
    • Dehydration and certain medical conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can exacerbate dryness.
  2. Excessive Pressure:

    • Standing for long periods, wearing open-back shoes, or walking barefoot can increase pressure on the heels, leading to cracks.
  3. Lack of Foot Care:

    • Neglecting proper foot hygiene, such as failing to exfoliate or moisturize regularly, can contribute to cracked heels.
  4. Medical Conditions:

    • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and obesity, can increase the risk of cracked heels due to impaired skin healing and circulation.


Prevention Tips for Cracked Heels:

  1. Wear Supportive Footwear:

    • Choose shoes with cushioned soles and good heel support to reduce pressure on the heels.
    • Avoid open-back or poorly fitting shoes that can exacerbate heel friction.
  2. Use Foot Cream Regularly:

    • Incorporate foot cream or moisturizer into your daily skincare routine, paying extra attention to the heels.
  3. Protect Your Feet:

    • Apply sunscreen to your feet when exposed to sunlight to prevent sun damage and dryness.
    • Wear socks to bed if your feet tend to get cold, as dryness can worsen overnight.
  4. Maintain Proper Foot Hygiene:

    • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly, paying attention to the areas between the toes.
    • Avoid harsh soaps and hot water, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils.


Cracked heels can be both uncomfortable and unsightly, but with proper care and preventive measures, you can keep your feet soft, smooth, and crack-free. By incorporating moisturizing treatments, exfoliation, and good foot hygiene into your routine, you can prevent and alleviate cracked heels, ensuring your feet look and feel their best year-round.

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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.