The uncomfortable condition that is known as cracked heels can cause difficulty in walking and wearing shoes. They are described as deep cracks, or fissures in the heel of the foot, and bleeding may occur in severe cases. There are several reasons why this condition may develop. These can include frequently wearing shoes that have an open back, or standing for long periods of time. Additionally, existing medical conditions such as psoriasis or eczema may cause the skin to become dry, and cracked heels may develop. Research has indicated it may be beneficial to drink plenty ofwater, asthis may help the body to stay hydrated. If you notice your heels are dry, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment options for cracked heels.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. 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 reliefor who suffer from chronic dry feet.
Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creamshelps lock in moisture.
Moisturizers– Applyingboth 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 healthywith a well-balanced dietwill 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,seekprofessional helpif 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 contactone of our offices located in Warren, Livingston, and Toms River, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.