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Why Are My Child's Heels Dry?

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

We often use the term “baby-smooth” to describe a desired skin texture, but what if your baby has dry, cracked heels? Like adults, children can experience unpleasant dryness, roughness, and cracks on the skin of their feet. Dry skin on the feet is sometimes referred to as tennis shoe dermatitis. When the heels become too dry, deep, painful cracks can form. In some cases, the cracks can bleed, increasing the risk of infection. Cracked heels in children are often caused by chronic overexposure to moisture, be that from wearing wet or sweaty socks, swimming, or taking excessively long baths. Other reasons that their heels may be dry include using harsh soaps, living in a dry climate, hereditary factors, and skin conditions such as eczema. If your child has dry, cracked heels and the cracks are deep, painful, or bleed, it is strongly suggested that you take them to see a podiatrist.

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 The Podiatry 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 one of our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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