The pain of cracked heels, what causes them and what can I do.

  Oh the pain, I think together with an ingrown toenail nothing compares to the pain of cracked heels. One of the most common problems our podiatrists at Dublin City Foot Clinic encounter (especially during the summer) is cracked heels. So, what causes our heels to crack open often so badly that they can bleed. Well, to be honest there is no one answer to this question, as there are a number of possible causes. Undoubtedly having a tendency towards dry skin can be a problem, this can be simply age related (our feet loose moisture as we age) or related to other medical conditions such as an under active thyroid gland, vitamin A deficency and diabetes. Other conditions can also increase the hard skin production. These include Psoriasis which decreases the skin viability and some forms of Rheumatoid Arthritis...

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