Cracked heels are caused by cracking or splitting of the skin. When the sensitive skin at the bottom of the feet and heels becomes too dry, it loses its suppleness and elasticity and it can split open leaving painful cracks called fissures. This is not only unsightly but can be painful and embarrassing.
This can occur for a number of reasons like cold winter weather, dehydration, regular hot baths, using harsh soaps on your feet, diabetes, etc. Studies point to other reasons like deficiency of zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, calcium and iron. As the skin cracks, it may begin to bleed. These fissures allow bacteria and viruses to enter the body, leading to infection and illness.
The quickest way to smoothen your heels is to visit your podiatrist who can treat the underlying cause. This video brings you more details about cracked heels, effective home remedies and treatment. After all, human beings are blessed with solutions which are around us. We just need to identify and use them.