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Possible Causes of Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

The medical condition that is referred to as cracked heels originates from having extremely dry skin on the heel area of the foot. This can come from standing for extended periods of time throughout the day, or from having certain medical conditions that may include psoriasis. Many people who are overweight experience cracked heels, as a result of the added weight the feet must endure. Additionally, if open back shoes are frequently worn, this condition may develop due to inadequate support these types of shoes provide. The symptoms that are often associated with this ailment include a thickening of skin on the outside of the heel. The skin may turn a dark brown or yellowish color, and cracks in the skin can develop as weight is placed on the heel. This affliction can cause severe pain and discomfort. Mild relief may be found when the feet are washed and dried daily, followed by thoroughly moisturizing them. If you have developed cracked heels, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward healing and prevention techniques.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from 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 offices located in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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