Medical Considerations for Cracked Heels
Although pain is a common symptom of cracked heels, the condition normally is not harmful. However, in the absence of proper care and attention, the cracks can become infected. You should consult your physician if you have soreness, pain, redness, swelling or other indications of problems in any area of your feet that persist for more than a few days.
If you have diabetes, and especially if you have diabetic neuropathy, you should consult your physician or a foot health professional immediately, as the risk of infection and ulceration is significant.
Reviewed by: Robert P. Thompson, C.Ped, IPFH Scientific Advisory Board
Last updated: June 19, 2015