Various Reasons Why Cracked Heels Can Develop

Cracked heels is a foot condition that occurs from having excessively dry skin. It may happen more frequently in the winter months from cold weather and indoor heat, and drinking plenty of fresh water daily may help to reduce its severity. There may be outside factors that can increase the chances of getting cracked heels, including standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, and frequently wearing shoes that have an open back. Some patients develop cracked heels from medical conditions consisting of eczema and psoriasis, which naturally dry out the skin. Diabetic patients may be prone to having neuropathy, which is the inability to feel existing foot conditions. This may lead to getting cracked heels, and it is beneficial to use a moisturizer daily that can soften the skin. Cracked heels can come from having athletes’ foot, which is caused by a fungus, and can dry out the skin on the heels. If you have developed this condition, please call a podiatrist today and schedule an appointment for a correct diagnosis and proper treatment options.

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 Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. 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 Canonsburg and McMurray, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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