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Causes of Cracked Heels

Monday, 02 April 2018 00:00

Cracked heels is a foot condition that typically develops from pressure endured by the feet from standing for long periods of time. Additional causes can include wearing shoes that fail to support the foot correctly or being overweight, possibly causing the skin on the heels to crack under the additional pressure. There may also be medical conditions that can contribute to developing this condition including athlete’s foot, psoriasis, or eczema. Lack of consuming proper amounts of water can lead to having cracked heels, so it’s wise to hydrate frequently to prevent the skin from becoming excessively dry. There are several ways to prevent this ailment from occurring, which may include dietary changes, choosing shoes that properly support the heel of the foot, and utilizing a moisturizer that will help the skin to soften. A consultation with a podiatrist is suggested for additional information on how to treat cracked heels.

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 Essex 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 Livingston, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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