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What Causes Cracked Heels?

When there is any form of splitting, fissuring, or cracking of the skin around the heels, cracked heels may occur.  This often develops when the skin dries out resulting in loss of elasticity, and the heels become hard, dry, and flaky. Cracked heels that are ignored can get deeper and they can even bleed or get infected.  Common factors that lead to cracked heels include living in a dry climate, walking barefoot, obesity, and wearing shoes with an open back.  Moisturizing the heels and wearing shoes with more shock absorption is a simple step to reducing the risk of cracked heels.  Once the heels have begun to crack, a pumice stone can help clear up dead skin.  However, patients who are struggling with cracked heels should consult with a podiatrist if treatments are not effective since cracked heels can lead to more serious issues. 

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 Quality Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

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.

Promote Healing

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. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Somerset, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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