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When to Seek Care for Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Cracked heels are a common foot condition characterized by dry, fissured skin around the edges of the heels. Several factors contribute to their development, including prolonged standing, wearing open-back shoes, and dehydration. Certain medical conditions like diabetes and thyroid disorders can also contribute. Lack of moisture and inadequate foot care can exacerbate the problem, leading to discomfort and potential complications, such as infection. To manage cracked heels, it is important to maintain proper foot hygiene and hydration by regularly moisturizing the feet and avoiding harsh soaps. Exfoliating dead skin with a pumice stone or foot file can help smooth rough patches. Wearing supportive footwear and cushioned socks also aids in preventing further damage. If cracked heels persist or become painful, it is suggested that you seek help from a podiatrist. This type of doctor can assess the severity of the condition, provide specialized treatments such as prescription creams or debridement, and offer guidance on preventive measures to promote healing and prevent recurrence.

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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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