What exactly causes dry, cracked heels (also known as heel fissures)? Unfortunately, there are a myriad of potential causes. Daily walks on hot sand will certainly do it if you’re barefoot, and skin becomes very dry in cold weather or dry climates. Allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, aging, vitamin deficiencies, dehydration and inattention to keeping feet clean and healthy, and too-tight shoes can all cause similar cracked and dry symptoms in the feet.

Other causes include backless shoes, obesity, standing/walking all day (people working in retail, food service, and construction, for instance), and certain medical conditions including diabetes, an underactive or compromised thyroid, or low metabolism. Any condition that prevents or lessens sweating in the body can potentially be a cause for cracked feet as well.

According to Epodiatry.com, the cracks in your feet and heels are actually fissures that are caused by xerosis, a fancy term for dry skin. The fissures can become deep and bleed and are painful when you’re standing on your feet. The skin then thickens and calluses form around the edge of the heel making the problem worse.

For many, the first instinct will be to soak their feet in warm water and then take a pumice stone to the heels. If the damage is not too significant, this can help. But if you have large amounts of dry skin on your feet, a pumice stone might do more harm than good. Since you are removing dry skin (usually in the shower or bath) you don’t realize how much skin you are taking off; this can lead to feet that are overly sensitive and lead to cracks and even more dry skin.

The solution? Apply the healing properties of HeelVitality to your feet and the put on a pair of white cotton socks. Why socks? They will keep you from accidentally slipping and keep your feet warm and dry, promoting maximum absorption of the balm. Why white socks? [Remember in gym class we always had to wear white socks? I always wondered why until now] Turns out the trace amounts of dye in colored socks could actually agitate a blister or open a cut or scrape on a foot. So apply the balm liberally, put on those little white cotton socks, and watch your feet become sandal-ready in no time.

Are you ready to go sandal shopping?