“Our feet are our body’s connection to the earth” – Andrew Weil


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Dry skin on the foot is most commonly found on the heels, resulting in cracked and rough skin known as heel fissures. This condition is caused by dry skin (xerosis), often compounded by the presence of thick calluses around the heel. While this is primarily a cosmetic issue, deep cracks or fissures can cause pain and bleeding, potentially leading to infection. If left untreated, severe cases can cause complications. Seeking timely treatment can help prevent further damage and alleviate pain.



While some people are predisposed to dry skin, causing cracks, the thickened dry skin (callus) around the heel is often due to mechanical factors that increase pressure in the area. These can include the way you walk or stand, wearing shoes with an open back, or being overweight. Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema can also contribute to the development of dry, cracked heels. If you experience these symptoms, seeking treatment can help alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications.
To prevent cracked heels, you can take the following steps: 1) Moisturize your feet daily with a good quality foot cream or lotion, paying special attention to your heels; 2) Avoid prolonged standing and walking barefoot on hard surfaces, as this can increase pressure on your heels; 3) Wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes with closed backs and good arch support; 4) Maintain a healthy weight to avoid placing excess pressure on your feet and heels; 5) Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes before gently exfoliating with a pumice stone or foot scrub. By following these tips, you can help prevent the development of cracked heels and keep your feet healthy and pain-free.