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Cracking Down on Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Dried out skin on the heels can crack when weight is placed on them and the fat pad in the heels spread. This is a condition known as cracked heels. Cracked heels can vary in severity from mild to severe. Left untreated, some cracked heels can deepen and worsen to the point of pain, bleeding, and even infection. A person is more prone to developing cracked heels if they do not take care of cleaning and moisturizing their heels, if they stand for excessive amounts of time, wear open-back shoes, or walk barefoot frequently. Being overweight can be a contributing factor to the formation of cracked heels, as can certain medical conditions that dry out skin. Certain water-retaining creams applied nightly can sometimes help avoid cracked heels from developing. If you have cracked heels that are not responding to at-home treatment, or you have diabetes and cannot treat them by yourself, it is suggested you contact 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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