Dry, cracked heels can be annoying to deal with on a daily basis. They can even be painful when left untreated. Cracked heels are often caused by a lack of moisture and this can result from cold winter weather, dehydration, exposing your feet to hot water for prolonged periods of time, or scrubbing your feet while they are dry. Certain skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can also make the heels very dry. Having a good foot care regiment at home can help alleviate dry, cracked heels. Your foot care routine may include soaking the feet in warm water, exfoliating the heels with a pumice stone, thoroughly drying your feet with a towel, and then applying a heavy moisturizing cream. If the cracks on your heels become so deep that they bleed, these are known as fissures and can lead to an infection. When your cracked heels are painful, bleeding, or if you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Kenneth J. D'Ortone, DPM from Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
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 Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Solutions for Cracked Heels