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Wearing Flip-Flops May Cause Cracked Heels

Cracked heels often follows having extremely dry skin. It can be a painful ailment, and in severe cases, can develop into fissures that can bleed and become infected. Cracked heels can be unsightly, and can occur from wearing shoes that have an open back, or possibly from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Additionally, there may be existing medical reasons why this condition may occur. These can include eczema, psoriasis, thyroid disorder, or obesity. Methods can be implemented that may reduce the risk of getting cracked heels. It is advised to refrain from wearing flip-flops that have an open back, and most of these types of shoes have little or no support. People who are overweight may choose to wear orthotics, which may help to evenly distribute their weight away from the heels. If you have cracked heels, please consult with a chiropodist who can steer you toward the right treatment techniques. 

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, can cause pain and discomfort. If your cracked heels are bothering you, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Dry, thickened skin around the rim of the heel is typically the first sign of cracked heels. While this condition is common and usually just a nuisance, some cases can be more severe. If left untreated and as more pressure is placed on the heel, the cracks become deeper and eventually walking and standing can be painful. These deep cracks or fissures can bleed and also become infected. Those with diabetes need to be especially careful as fissures could lead to diabetic foot ulcers. 


Cracked heels can be the result of several different factors, including: 

  • Dry skin

  • Taking long, hot showers or using harsh soaps

  • Standing for long periods of time

  • Walking barefoot

  • Walking in shoes with an open back, such as sandals or flip flops

  • Wearing shoes that do not fit properly

  • Living in a cold or dry climate 

  • Certain skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis


There are many at-home treatment remedies for cracked heels. Applying moisturizers to the heel can help hydrate the skin. Soaking your feet in warm water and exfoliating them with a loofah or pumice stone can help to buff away dead skin cells. If you are afflicted with cracked heels, it is recommended that you see a chiropodist for treatment. 


You can prevent cracked heels by:

  • Avoiding standing in one position for prolonged periods of time

  • Wearing well-fitted shoes with a closed back

  • Washing your feet with gentle soaps and lukewarm water

  • Moisturizing the feet daily

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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