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What Can Cause Cracked Heels?

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Cracked heels, a common foot ailment, can be caused by various factors. Vitamin deficiencies, particularly in vitamins A, C, and E, can lead to dry, flaky skin, making heels more prone to cracking. Excess weight gain places added pressure on the heels, leading to calluses and fissures. Wearing ill-fitting or open-back shoes exposes the heels to friction and pressure, exacerbating the problem. Additionally, genetics may also play a role, as some individuals naturally have drier skin or a predisposition to foot conditions. Unhygienic conditions, such as standing for long periods in damp environments or neglecting proper foot care, can contribute to cracked heels. Cracked heels can cause significant pain and discomfort. If this applies to you, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can prescribe medication for effective relief.

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 Farah Podiatry Associates. 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 Trenton, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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