Managing Severely Cracked Heels
Heel fissures are cracks that can develop on your heels, causing pain and potentially leading to infection if left untreated. The root cause of heel fissures often stems from the skin’s lack of moisture. This can be the result of several underlying conditions, including fungal infection, diabetes, psoriasis, and eczema. The development of heel fissures can be accelerated by other factors as well, such as prolonged standing, regularly wearing open back shoes, and obesity. Prevention tips include applying a rich, hydrating foot cream consistently to maintain soft and supple skin. This can help to prevent cracked heels from turning into fissures. Regular exfoliation of the heels with a pumice stone after bathing helps to remove dead skin cells and promote healing. Preventing heel fissures involves staying well-hydrated, opting for supportive footwear, and maintaining a healthy weight. In severe cases, especially for persistent heel fissures that may have become infected, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.