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The Causes and Risks of Cracked Heels

Monday, 08 June 2020 00:00

Cracked heels, although not usually serious, can cause discomfort and may be unsightly to look at as well. Cracked heels can be caused by standing for long periods of time, especially barefoot, from using harsh soaps, and wearing ill-fitting shoes. Most cracked heels can be treated with heel balms, exfoliation, or liquid bandages. However, cracked heels can also indicate more serious medical conditions such as a vitamin deficiency, fungal infection, obesity, psoriasis, or hypothyroidism. In these instances, or instances of severe cracks, care from a podiatrist may be necessary. A podiatrist can provide proper care and medication that may be needed.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. 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

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of 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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