Winter is around the corner, and with it comes the dry air that can lead to cracks in your skin, especially around your heels. Sometimes these cracks can get so deep that they may be painful to walk on and may even bleed. A crack can provide an opening for bacteria or fungus to grow and spread, which could lead to an infection. That’s why it’s important to protect your heels!
What you can do to prevent cracked heels
- Wash your feet in warm water using a mild soap. Apply a cream that contains urea or glycerin right after, this will keep your skin moisturized.
- Drink lots of water, so you won’t be dehydrated.
- When bathing or showering, use warm, not hot water and don’t soak for more than 10 minutes as this will cause your skin to dry out.
- Choose shoes that are supportive, especially around the heel. Wearing open backed shoes allows the fat pad under the heel to expand sideways and the increased pressure can cause the heel to ‘crack’.
- Always wear socks in your shoes.