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How To Eliminate Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

With the warm weather upon us, we are eagerly pulling out our sandals and flip-flops. While this is a welcome trend in some respects, a downside is that it exposes cracked heels, an unsightly, sometimes painful, and potentially unhealthy condition. Wearing footwear such as sandals that expose the heels can lead to dry, cracked heels due to their lack of support and exposure to the elements. When our heels strike the ground while walking or running, the skin around them must be supple and flexible to move and stretch. Dryness and calluses hinder this flexibility, causing the skin to crack and split. To combat this condition, shoes with heel cups can be worn for better support and cushioning. Socks can also help prevent skin friction against the shoe's material. Hydrating well and moisturizing the feet regularly is particularly effective. If underlying causes for cracked heels, such as diabetes, contribute to cracked heels, they must be addressed to prevent recurrence. If you suffer from this uncomfortable ailment, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper examination and individualized treatment.

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 one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors 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 our office located in O'Fallon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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