Simple cracks in the skin of on the bottom of your heel may be a sign of excessive dryness. In a diabetic, this could be a side effect of autonomic neuropathy, a type of diabetic neuropathy that can cause either excessive sweating or excessive dryness of the skin. These cracks of skin can actually break open and leave your feet vulnerable. It may be painful or you may see bleeding, but these openings in the skin or any openings in the skin may allow bacteria to enter, causing a superficial bacterial infection. Although not common, a bacterial infection needs immediate attention. For evaluation of cracked skin on your heels or any issue relating to the care of diabetic feet, make an appointment at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle and our doctors will evaluate your feet and come up with a treatment plan. 

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