cracked heels

Cracked Heels Can Be Deadly

Our skin has two main layers, an inner layer with nerves and blood vessels and a protective outer layer. In the soles of our feet, the outer layer has an extra special component within it, making it much more durable than the skin on the rest of our body. Thanks to this natural protection, it is rare to have an infection on the bottom of your foot unless there is a wound. However, sometimes this “wound” isn’t always visible to the naked eye.

When the bottoms of our feet become dry, they begin to crack. These small cracks break the protective barrier and create a place for bacteria or viruses to enter.

The Worst Case Scenario for Cracked Heels

Although rare, the bacteria can seed into the blood and surrounding tissues, leading to amputation or sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to death if not immediately managed in a hospital setting.

What You Can do to Treat Cracked Heels

During the fall and winter, it is easy to forget to moisturize our feet as they are hidden in warm boots and socks. The decreased humidity in the air and lack of moisturizer application, is the cause for dryness and cracking of the heels. In order to avoid serious complications, it is recommended to use a moisturizer that absorbs quickly. BioPed Footcare recommends Footlogix Very Dry Skin twice a day in colder months and once daily in warmer months. At the first sign of heel cracking, use Footlogix Cracked Heel formula to heal the cracks and ward off infection.

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