Possible Causes of Cracked Heels
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Possible Causes of Cracked Heels

The condition that is referred to as cracked heels may go unnoticed during the winter months. This may be a result of paying little attention to the feet as they are enveloped in socks and shoes. As the warm summer months approach, the condition of the skin on the heels may be more obvious, and may often appear to be cracked and dry. This may be a result of the skin becoming thickened on the heel of the foot, and may appear to have a brown or yellowish tinge to it. If this condition is not promptly treated, the cracks on the skin may become deeper. The cracks on the skin would then be referred to as fissures. This may resemble open wounds, and will typically cause walking and running to become difficult to accomplish as a result of the body’s weight the heels must endure. There may be several reasons for cracked heels to occur, including standing for the majority of the day, having medical conditions such as psoriasis or dermatitis, or being excessively overweight. Research has shown there may be a link between hypothyroidism and cracked heels. This may be a result of the glands in the feet not producing adequate sweat, which may possibly lead to the development of cracked heels. If you are afflicted with this condition, please seek the counsel of a podiatrist to learn about correct treatment options.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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