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Causes of Cracked Heels

Cracked and dry heels can be a bothersome and sometimes painful issue that many people face. There are several common causes behind this condition, including dry skin, lack of moisture, or standing for long periods. Wearing open-back shoes and specific medical conditions, such as diabetes or thyroid disease, can also contribute. People who have atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and other skin issues may have a higher likelihood of developing cracked heels. When the skin on the heels becomes excessively dry, it loses its elasticity and may crack under pressure, leading to discomfort and potential complications if left untreated. Additionally, certain lifestyle factors, like inadequate hydration or poor foot care practices, can make the problem worse. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can offer treatments, such as moisturizing creams, exfoliation, or custom orthotics, to provide relief and promote healing. If you are struggling with cracked or dry heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for help. 

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 ABC Podiatry. 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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