One of the reasons patients may develop the condition that is known as cracked heels may be the cold, winter air. These cracks may become deep fissures if they are not promptly treated. In severe cases, infections can occur and pain and discomfort is often associated with this ailment. Other reasons why cracked heels can occur may be from medical conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or a thyroid disorder. Mild relief may be obtained when the feet are washed and dried and a good moisturizer is applied. The feet may feel better when you wear shoes that have a closed back, and it can help to use a foot file after showering or bathing. If you have cracked heels, please confer with a podiatrist who can help you to properly manage this condition before it becomes severe.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.
How Do You Get Them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.
Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.
Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin.
Change in Diet
Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.
Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.
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