In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the skin on the heels of our feet and what can be done about dry, cracked heels. With warmer weather our boots become a distant memory as sandals and lightweight shoes are the footwear of choice. With this switch comes more exposed skin on our feet which may reveal dry cracked heels. Dr. Reminga says, “Cracked heels are a common problem and one that I see frequently in my office. The problem with this condition is that it can develop into painful fissures or openings if left untreated. For some... dry heels may only present a nuisance however, for others... further problems can result such as infections and ulcerations.”

One of the main causes of this condition is dry air with little humidity however there are numerous other factors that can impact the skin on your heels. Common causes are… age, psoriasis or skin related conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiency, and excessive weight for example. Dr. Reminga goes has some interesting and helpful information to share about each of these causes. The two biggest risk factors for cracked heels are diabetes and obesity. Diabetics are likely to experience this condition because damage to the nerves in the feet from uncontrolled blood sugars can cause dry skin. With obesity… the chances of having cracked heels increases due to the fact that there is more weight on the heel pads, which causes the skin to expand out further than it can normally tolerate.

Listen to today’s program to learn more about dry cracked heels as Dr. Reminga Cracks The Code on this bothersome skin condition.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.