FootCareDirect Footcare Resource

Dry Cracked Heels

If you are diabetic, daily footcare is an essential part of your health routine. Keep this list handy to remind you how to take good care of your feet, so you will be able to KEEP your feet.


Dry cracked heels (xeorosis) is a condition of thickening and fissuring (cracking of the bottom part of the heels). In most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem. But when the problem persists, especially in diabetes or people with impaired vascular sufficiency, this can lead to a serious medical problem and can be quite painful.

If there is a question of diabetes or vascular problems, referral to a podiatrist, vascular surgeon or orthopedist is recommended. For immediate at-home care, try the Pac-A-Derm Heel Treatment System, lotions, foot baths, brushes and pumice, and heel pads to relieve painful rubbing of the area.