Why Do Our Feet Get Dry/Cracked?

Cracked feet can be unattractive, painful, and hard to get rid of! While there are many causes of this frustrating condition, winter weather is one of the most common culprits of dry skin that peels, tears, and cracks. Knowing exactly what the cause is for your cracked heels is the first step to healing them.

Here are some common causes of dry, cracked feet and heels.

Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes and Other Dry Skin Conditions

Skin conditions such as these can cause skin to dry out, flake, peel, and even crack down deep into the layers beneath the epidermis, drawing blood. In certain areas of the body, you might not notice these symptoms right away.

Kidney Problems

These bean-shaped organs are responsible for filtering waste products and other toxins from the body. Over time, they can become problematic for reasons including genetics, poor diet, and other lifestyle choices. 


Over time, the body slows down the production of many different important hormones needed to maintain skin elasticity and strength. For this reason, older people may notice especially dry skin, and even thicker skin on the feet than they had when they were younger. 

Unwanted Weight Gain

Wintertime gives you a great excuse to eat a little more than usual – and that’s OK! However, if you suffer from excessive weight gain or obesity, it could be adding pressure to your heels, which causes the cracking of already extra-dry feet.

The Wrong Footwear

Many times, cracked heels are the result of walking in the wrong type of footwear, or wearing a pair of shoes that are too small or improperly fitted. Sandals and other exposing shoes can also cause parts of the foot to slip off balance, further increasing the risk of cracked heels.


There are many causes of cracked skin on your feet and heels. If you feel like no matter how hard you try you just can’t keep your heels soft, it could be genetic. Families pass this dry skin condition down to their children.

Poor Hygiene

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is charged with removing toxins via the pores. It’s a tough job! Help your skin, and reduce the likelihood of cracked heels by keeping skin clean, dry and moisturized.

Treating & Preventing Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail, with the flank edge of your nail rising into the skin, can cause you hard cognizant of a toe you don’t normally catch.

As the nail continues to dig into the skin, it annoys, it inducing pain.

If an ingrown toenail drives a break in the skin, bacteria can penetrate and induce an infection, which will make it even additional painful. A red, bloated, hot and very hurting ingrown toenail is likely infected.

 Here are some tips for both treating and preventing ingrown toenails:

Treating Ingrown Toenails:

1. Soak Your Feet: Soaking your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes can help soften the skin and reduce inflammation around the ingrown toenail. 

2. Gently Lift the Nail: Use a clean and sterilized pair of tweezers or a nail file to gently lift the ingrown edge of the nail. 

3. Keep it Clean: After soaking and lifting the nail, clean the affected area with mild soap and water.

4. Use a Cotton Ball: If the nail is deeply embedded, you can place a small piece of clean, waxed dental floss or a cotton ball under the lifted nail edge to encourage it to grow above the skin.

5. Wear Comfortable Footwear: Opt for shoes that provide ample toe room and don’t squeeze your toes. Avoid tight-fitting shoes or high heels during the healing process.

6. Over-the-Counter Pain Relief: Non-prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation. 

Preventing Ingrown Toenails:

1. Trim Your Toenails Properly: Cut your toenails straight across, and avoid rounding the corners. Don’t cut them too short. 

2. Maintain Good Foot Hygiene: Wash your feet daily, and make sure to dry them thoroughly, including between your toes.

3. Choose Proper Footwear: Wear shoes that provide adequate space for your toes. 

4. Avoid Trauma: Be careful not to stub your toes or subject them to undue pressure or trauma, as this can contribute to ingrown toenails.

5. Seek Professional Help: If you have recurring or severe ingrown toenails, it’s advisable to see a podiatrist or a healthcare professional. 

Remember that proper foot care is crucial for overall foot health. If you have concerns about ingrown toenails or any other foot-related issues.