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The largest organ in the human body is the skin. It’s important to look after all areas of your body, making sure your skin is intact to protect you from bacteria and infections. If you have cracked dry heels, the skin is unable to keep moisture levels up and will become fragile over time. 

It’s important that we look after our feet, especially the heels as these are carrying the entire weight of the body. Cracked dry heels are not just unappealing, but they can also lead to skin infection, and cellulitis, if not treated.

Let’s take a look at easy remedies to help treat cracked dry heels and why you should consider treatments at a foot clinic.    

What Causes Cracked Heels?

There are several causes for cracked dry heels that may affect a person during a lifetime. This includes:

  • Wrong Footwear
  • Cold, dry weather
  • Walking barefoot
  • Long, hot showers
  • Medical conditions; such as, dermatitis, diabetes or underactive thyroid
  • Ageing Skin
  • Soaps 
  • Obesity

Soak and Exfoliate

After you take a shower, set aside some time to treat your feet once a week. The secret is to soak your dry, calloused feet for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water. Consider adding a few drops of essential oils or utilising a ready-made foot soak. Your cracked dry heels will be moisturised by soaking your feet, making it easier for a pumice stone or foot file afterwards.

A foot file can be used after to help physically exfoliate the dead skin off your heels and tidy everything up. At Doncaster Foot Clinic, our podiatrists will consult with you on appropriate oils and lotions you can use to help cracked dry heels. Find out more about our services here. 


Make sure you are also moisturising your feet after washing. Creams containing urea or lactic acid will help exfoliate as well as hydrate your cracked dry heels and help them recover from the stress.

At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we recommend using intensive healing creams that have a high percentage of urea. This will help keep the skin from losing water and support the gentle shedding of dead skin. Ensure you are keeping up with a daily moisturising routine to prevent the heels from becoming cracked again.

Wear the Correct Footwear

If you frequently have cracked dry heels, it might be time to reconsider your shoe collection. Especially if you are constantly wearing certain types of heels. Tight heels, such as boots or stilettos, may restrict movement and therefore, affect the skin on your feet. Look for shoes with softer fabrics and ones that do not have a heel counter.

Also, consider wearing 100% cotton socks to bed. After applying a urea based emollient, the sock may help the cracked dry heels keep the moisture in and allow the heels to breathe. All while ensuring the sheets do not become stained. The cotton will not aggravate the heels and should soften the skin after a few days.  

Foot Care Treatments

But, what about if your heels are already too far gone to repair? Our Foot Clinic treats and helps desperate, dry heels from becoming any worse. Our podiatrists will firstly assess your skin, carry out pain-free scalpel debridement on your cracked dry heels and find the right and specialised foot treatment just for you. 

We also offer other services, including a nail-cutting service and foot soak treatments. 

How Can We Help? 

At the Doncaster Foot Clinic, all of our specialists are Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and are members of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. With over 40 years of experience in the team, we are here to help with all types of foot care. From treating cracked dry heels to removing callus on the foot. We are here to help.

For more information, or to see how we can help you, give us a call at 01302 342 971 and speak to one of our experts today. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and keep up to date with the latest services.

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How to Treat Cracked Dry Heels