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Dry, cracked heels? Causes, tips and definitive solution for the skin of your feet

La leather it is barrier that protects us against external microorganisms preventing their entry. For this reason, it is important to keep hydrated y careful achieving so do not lose your continuity y elasticity, but do we really take care of our leatherespecially that of our feet y heelsIn order vision?


Woman's feet with cracked heels


La foot skin It is different from the rest of the body. It is characterized by having a increased number of fat cells. That is, a greater thickness to cushion the continuous friction when walking becoming 50 times thicker than that of the cheek area of ​​the face. Furthermore, it is poor in fatty substances and, for this reason, does not correctly fulfill its “moisturizing” function.


The skin in the heel area can be 50 times thicker than that in the cheek area of ​​the face.




The cracked heels are an alteration of the dermis that occurs when the skin of the feet is so dry and hence, so hard, which is beginning to tear or fracture perpendicularly. Due to this lack of hydration, continuity and elasticity these appear on the skin cracks which may be accompanied by pain and sometimes they can even to bleed.


Left foot with a dry heel




La lack of hydration It can present itself in various ways, some of the symptom that tell us are the following:

  • Peeling
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • roughness and cracks, in the most extreme cases.


The heels are one of the areas that support the most pressure and, therefore, with the most friction.


Woman's feet with the hand resting on the heel




La Dry Skin we can find it in any part of our body, but the foot skin is more exposed to dryness due to multiple factors. Some of them are:




Our Metabolic diseasesLike diabetes, can affect the condition of the skin since decrease humidity and cause dehydration. This is the same with patients suffering from circulatory problems, who should pay more attention to the care of their feet since they are more prone to alterations in this area.


Medications or treatments such as dialysis, chemotherapy or radiotherapy can also cause side effects on the skin by dehydrating it.


That is why, if we are carrying out any of these treatments, we must take care of our skin in a more detailed way prevent cracks and short-term and long-term problems.


We leave you the article "What is the diabetic foot?" in which all the information about this clinical alteration is exposed, as well as the post "The feet and cancer"


Woman's feet with dry heels




La leather it dries more in the areas of the foot that bear more pressure, normally the heelsThat is why footwear also influences. The sole type, its cushioning or using frequently bare sandals by the heel can increase dryness skin.


Go barefoot and be above body weight suitable makes them exist in the foot high pressure areas. The blood supply is poorer in the areas that have to support more load and, therefore, the nutrients reach the superficial layers of the skin with more difficulty, being able to cause its peeling.


It is advisable to use wide footwear, free of seams, without excess heel (maximum 3 centimeters) in order to avoid maximum pressure points that cause dry skin. In addition, the ideal is that the footwear has good heel hold.


Women's sandals with open heels


It is advisable to wear wide shoes, free of seams and without excess heels in order to avoid points of maximum pressure that cause dry skin.




The good habits on hygiene are also essential for prevent dry skin on the heels. In this section, we present some tips to avoid this problem:


– Avoid very hot water and long baths. Not recommended for foot washing use very hot water since it can help remove the natural hydration of the skin, just like taking long-lasting baths. The recommended are baths that do not exceed 10 minutes so as not to affect the natural lipids.


– Shower after the pool or the beach. The swimming on the beach or in the pool so characteristic in summer dry the skin of the body. It is convenient take a shower after every bath to remove traces of salt or chlorine and, when we get home, we must always use soft sponges and neutral soaps, since they are the least aggressive.


– Use soaps and creams with natural active ingredients. Daily care of the skin of our feet is very important and for that we must use suitable products such as soaps and podiatric creams with natural active ingredients. It is also advisable to avoid components that can cause irritation such as chemical dyes or perfumes. 


Woman's hand applying cream to the heel area




La alimentación It is very important for both proper functioning of the body in general, as of any part of the body in particular, in this case the feet. Special attention should be paid to the following recommendations:


 – Drink between 1,5l. or 2l. of water per dayIt is a good habit what should be done all year, but in summer, especially since our body needs it more, there is a excess sweating and we lose more amount of liquids. It is also good to take natural fruit juices or infusions.


Man holding a glass of water with his hand


– Foods with a higher water content. In the summer season, we must include in our diet foods with a higher rate of water and mineral salts that help replenish fluids, keep the body hydrated and, consequently, promotes healthy skin, including our feet. It is always advisable to choose seasonal fruits and vegetables (lettuce, carrot, tomato, cucumber, watermelon, melon, grapes, etc.).




The skin of the feet is throughout the winter protected because of the closed shoes but, in summersuffer more from exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet radiation what causes loss of hydration.


Therefore, it is advisable do not extend sun exposure for more than 30 minutes and, of course, also use on the feet the sunscreen that we use for the rest of the body not less than 50. It is also important avoid the hours of greatest radiationBetween 12 and 16 hours.





El tobacco is negative for everything in general, including the skin. smoke the parched since nicotine causes a reduction in blood flow and a lack of nutrients and oxygen.




Our cracks in the heels they are a route of entry for microorganisms that can cause us infections. For this reason, there is three tips essential that we must follow to avoid this type of problem:




It is recommended visit a podiatrist so that it is the professional who determines the degree of dryness or infection of the foot, and start the proper treatment. Sometimes a pedicure may be the solution. In addition, the ideal would be to go for a review to avoid this type of inconvenience.


In this article on “Chiropody, basic and necessary care at all ages” We answer the most common questions from patients about this treatment.




As we have already mentioned in the previous section, it is essential to have a suitable footwear in which the heel is not compressed and cannot move inside the shoe. With that, we will avoid skin lesions.




Use specific creams for the feet will be key to keeping them 100% healthy. In the next point we will tell you how a podiatric cream can be the definitive solution to cracked heels.


Unless prescribed, a moisturizing foot cream with a concentration of urea greater than 20% should not be used.


Podoactiva infographic on cracked heels




La hydration It is essential to preserve the skin of our feet. For this reason, here is a effective solution that at Podoactiva we have been using and recommending to patients for years to recover the elasticity y smoothness in just 7 days. Which?


U20 Podoactive cream. Made without paraphens and with natural products such as shea butter and grape seed oil.


Woman applying Podoactiva cream to the heel area


You can purchase your U20 PODOACTIVA CREAM here


Furthermore, the u, a very beneficial ingredient, provides a deep hydration Like few other ingredients on the market.


For the treatment to be effective, it is advisable to apply the cream everyday for a week, at night before going to sleep. Remember not to put cream between your fingers, as we can sweat and this will cause a excess moisture, and do not cover the foot with a sock until the cream is completely absorbed.


When the feet and heels are repaired (after the first week) the cream can be used at alternate days or depending on dryness.


In short, taking care of the health of our feet is taking care of the foundations that support our entire body.


At Podoactiva we can help you. consult your podoactiva clinic nearest or contact us at +974 231 280 or Traves de info@podoactiva.com.


Ana Carbo

Podologist at Podoactiva Physiotherapy and Podiatry Unit A&A Vila-real

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  • Gustavo Ricardo Sartore
    Posted at 23: 31h, 27 November Reply

    thank you very much for all the
    Thank you very much for all the information!

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    Posted at 03:54 a.m., April 26 Reply

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    Posted at 20:51 a.m., October 25 Reply

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      Posted at 09:04 a.m., October 26 Reply

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  • Maria Celina Diaz Navarrete
    Posted at 12: 04h, 12 November Reply

    How incredible you know all this information about the city of Los Piea. Personally, all my life I have had a lot of pain from my feet since I have suffered from fungus and cracked feet. So this information will help me a lot. Thanks!

    • partners
      Posted at 15: 38h, 15 November Reply

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    Posted at 11:04 p.m., June 01 Reply

    Excellent information, thank you

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      Posted at 11:17 p.m., June 01 Reply

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