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Various Causes of Cracked Heels

Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Excess pressure on the heels may cause a condition that is known as cracked heels to develop. It may develop as a result of being overweight, or from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. Additionally, it may occur from frequently wearing shoes that have an open back. Certain medical conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, can also lead to cracked heels. The skin on the heels can be discolored and flakey, and it may be painful to walk. There are methods which can be implemented that may help to prevent this ailment. These can consist of wearing shoes that have adequate cushioning in the heel area and drinking plenty of fresh water. If you have developed this condition, it is recommended that you seek professional advice from a podiatrist who can provide you with the correct treatment options.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor 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 Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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