Your doctor may recommend that you wear heel cups or custom insoles in your shoes to help relieve pressure. You should avoid wearing open back shoes. Regular professional foot care can help maintain healthy heel skin.
You can help prevent heel cracks by following your doctor’s instructions for wearing heel cups or insoles. Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
Am I at Risk
Risk factors for heel cracks include:
• Dry Skin
• Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
• Certain medical conditions, such as diabetic neuropathy, hypothyroidism, or inactive sweat glands
• Wearing open back shoes or sandals or wearing shoes with thin soles
• Walking barefoot
• Obesity or overweight
• Standing for long periods of time
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