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A Closer Look at Causes of Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, a common foot ailment, manifest as fissures or splits in the skin around the heel area. The primary cause of this condition lies in the lack of moisture, leading to dry and hardened skin. Prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces can exacerbate the problem, as the pressure on the feet intensifies. Obesity is another contributing factor, as excess weight puts additional strain on the feet, fostering the development of cracks. In some cases, underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or hypothyroidism may contribute to the dryness of the skin, increasing the risk of cracked heels. Lack of proper foot care, including infrequent moisturizing and neglecting to exfoliate dead skin, further amplifies the susceptibility to cracked heels. Understanding these causes is pivotal for adopting preventive measures and a comprehensive foot care routine, ensuring the maintenance of soft, healthy heels. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment and prevention techniques.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Harris Greenberger, DPM from Fairfield County Foot Surgeons. Our podiatrist 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 Norwalk, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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