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Causes of Cracked Heels

Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

Patients who experience the painful condition known as cracked heels are often aware of the discomfort this condition may cause. There may be several reasons why people may develop cracked heels, including standing for extended periods of time, which may put excess pressure on the heels, wearing shoes that have an open back or a thin sole, or medical conditions such as eczema or dermatitis. Symptoms of this ailment may include deep cracks that are known as fissures, in addition to the formation of calluses as a result of the thickened skin on the heels. There are several effective treatments that may be implemented to bring moderate relief. These may include washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by utilizing a good moisturizer daily, wearing shoes that have adequate padding, and using a pumice stone, which may aid in exfoliating the dead skin. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can properly guide you to correct treatment options.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. 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 Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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