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Reasons People Can Get Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can simply be due to dry skin. However, walking barefoot, callus buildup, wearing shoes that do not have sufficient heel support, and aging can also lead to cracked heels. More seriously, cracked heels can occur from other medical conditions including diabetes, fungal infections, or deficiencies in vitamins C, B3, or E. This condition can be painful and even start to bleed. In addition to wearing supportive footwear and moisturizing the feet, tending to a diet that provides sufficient nutrients and vitamins is recommended to prevent this affliction. If you have cracked heels and they are worsening, bleeding, or appear infected, contact a chiropodist as soon as you can.

Dry, cracked heels are more than a cosmetic inconvenience. For many people, they are uncomfortable, deep, painful, and may even bleed. If you suffer from cracked heels, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 


  • Prolonged standing

  • Wearing open-back shoes

  • Wearing shoes that don’t cushion the heels

  • Living in a cold or dry climate

  • Taking long, hot showers

  • Not moisturizing the heels

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Palmoplantar keratoderma

  • Juvenile plantar dermatosis


  • Soaking the feet

  • Exfoliating with a pumice stone

  • Moisturizing the heels

  • Wearing closed-back shoes that cushion heels

  • Avoiding prolonged standing 

  • Taking warm, rather than hot, showers

  • Treating underlying skin conditions 

While milder cases of cracked heels can be treated at home, some patients present with deep, painful, bleeding heel fissures that are at risk of becoming infected and may require medical care. Additionally, patients with diabetes or any other conditions that affect the immune system should be monitored by a chiropodist. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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