6 Causes of Dry, Cracked Heels
- Nutritional Deficiencies can Cause Cracked Heels: 5 key vitamins and minerals can cause cracked heels. If you're deficient in any of these, you may want to add them to your diet: Vitamin A (add more green vegetables, milk and eggs), Vitamin C (eat more citrus), Vitamin E (add more nuts and whole grains), Omega 3 foods (more fish oils and eggs), and Zinc (eat more red meat and poultry).
- Standing for long periods of time. Make sure to wear comfortable, closed-heel shoes, or go barefoot. But keep the standing in one place to a minimum.
- Post-menopause: some women may be more prone to a condition known as “acquired keratoderma” — a skin disorder that can lead to cracked skin on the heels and other parts of the body. It may be worth having your hormones checked.
- Hot water exposure: if your showers or baths exceed 10 minutes, make sure to moisturize your feet with Beesilk or a Foot Rub Stick right after you bathe.
- Pregnancy: your posture changes, the way you walk and the added weight gain causes some heels to dry up and become sore. This is a great time for a foot massage.
- Diabetics are likely to experience cracked heels because damage to nerves in the feet from uncontrolled blood sugars can cause dry skin. Diabetes reduces blood flow to your feet, depriving your feet of oxygen and nutrients.