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Possible Causes of Cracked Heels

Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

The condition that is referred to as cracked heels may often cause pain and discomfort. Another name for cracks that appear in the skin is known as fissures. This may be caused by the aging process, wearing shoes with an open back, or environmental factors. Patients who stand on hard floors for extended periods of time may experience cracked heels, and this may be a result of the pressure the heel endures. Additionally, people who are overweight may find they have cracked heels developing, which may be due to the extra weight that is placed on the heel. Medical conditions including psoriasis, eczema, or diabetes may contribute to the onset of this condition. Mild relief may be found by washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by utilizing a good moisturizer. If the cracks in the heel are severe, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper 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 Dr. Siegerman & Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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