Why do heels get cracked and dry? Causes and treatments

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It should come as no surprise that the majority of us regularly suffer from dry and cracked heels. After all, your feet suffer a lot – everyday walks and ill-fitting shoes tend to put extra strain and friction on our feet throughout the day. Additionally, this is made worse if you leave them untreated when it comes to daily care.

If you’re currently experiencing dry, cracked heels, you are not alone! In fact, a survey in 2012 stated that 20 percent of adults have experiences heel cracks in their lives, and on top of that women appeared to suffer from more foot ailments (such as; bunions, athlete’s foot, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails) than men. Although there’s a wide range of triggers for dry and cracked heels, in today’s article let’s start to look in depth at the four most common factors and treatments for cracked and dry heels.

The factors that contribute to cracked heels are:

Dry Skin

Cracked heels are generally caused by loss of moisture and lead eventually to splitting. When the skin is soft and supple, it’s easily stretched without any cracking or fissure, as our skin can continually alter and repair itself in order to adapt to different conditions. However, when it dries out, our skin is like a drought river – the visible cracking and splitting appear around the heels. If this goes untreated, it can lead to even worse symptoms due to infection.

Friction and Pressure

Friction and pressure on dry skin also lead to the thickening of the epidermis – it forms noticeable signs of cracked heels called callouses around the edge of our heels. Without any proper treatment, the callous can cause more severe issues when you stand, walk or run. When the callous splits and cracks, the fissures allow bacteria and viruses from water to easily enter your skin, which might result in painful infections and skin damage such as cellulitis.

Aging Skin

Aging contributes to a thickening of the skin’s outermost layer. The reason is the change in hormonal and metabolic functions which decreases skin cell turnover. Aging also leads to the loss of the elastic tissue in our feet skin. The feet become more fragile and easier to split.


Cracked heels commonly appear in those with conditions like diabetes. Diabetes reduces blood circulation to your feet, depriving your feet of oxygen and nutrients. People with a diagnosis of diabetes have dryer skin than those without the condition. Furthermore, peripheral neuropathy, a kind of diabetic nerve injury, can cause numbness in your feet. Diabetes patients are more likely to suffer cracked heel infections as they can’t feel cuts and blisters.

Cold & Dry Weather

A long winter may have made the skin on your feet, especially your heels, super dry and crack like a fault line. The lack of humidity in the air causes your skin to become drier and more likely to create heel fissures. During winter, drier skin means more cracking and peeling. The extra hot showers and long baths will make your feet even worse. This kind of cracking can cause pain and bleeding in extreme cases. Deep cracks also make it easier for a fungal or bacterial infection to find more ways to invade your feet.

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The best treatment for cracked heels is to exfoliate dead skin cells and keep your feet moisturised. It is essential before you go to bed to use a high-quality heel balm to heal your cracked heels – a foot cream with at least 25% urea in the ingredients is podiatrist recommended.

DU’IT Foot and Heel Balm Plus is an intensive foot balm that includes a generous 25% of moisturising urea, as well as natural AHAs to exfoliate dead skin cells, vitamin E and dimethicone. The cream is a great choice for hard-working feet and is clinically proven to hydrate extremely dry heels or chronically cracked skin back to health.

Massage the cream into your feet every evening for the best results, giving it some time to melt in. Whilst it is not greasy, we recommend wearing socks if you’re going to be walking around post application. It doesn’t feel greasy, but best not to walk around for a little while after you’ve just applied it. The rich emollient actives actively replenish moisture deep below the surface of the skin, promoting and giving support to visibly smoother and healthier skin in just 1 day of use.


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Visible effects within 1 day, DU’IT Foot & Heel Balm Plus is an intensive heel balm formula containing 25% Urea that helps repair cracked, dry heels.

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