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Health Implications of Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Cracked heels are not merely a cosmetic concern, their impact can extend beyond the surface, and may affect overall foot health and well-being. These painful fissures in the skin create an entry point for bacteria, increasing the risk of infections. As the cracks deepen, they can lead to bleeding and expose sensitive tissues, causing discomfort and hindering mobility. In severe cases, untreated cracked heels may contribute to balance issues, potentially increasing the risk of falls, particularly in older individuals. The pain associated with cracked heels can alter gait patterns, placing undue stress on other joints, such as the knees and hips. Moreover, the constant pressure on the feet can lead to chronic inflammation, exacerbating conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Addressing cracked heels involves more than cosmetic care, it is a vital aspect of maintaining overall foot health and preventing potential complications that can impact one's daily life and mobility. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer prescribed medication as an effective treatment method.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. 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

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 O'Fallon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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