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Podiatrists Can Manage Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common foot condition characterized by fissures or splits in the skin, typically on the heels. They develop due to a combination of factors including dryness, pressure, and callus formation. Common causes include prolonged standing, wearing open-back shoes, obesity, and dry skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Besides being unattractive, cracked heels can become painful, especially if deep fissures form, leading to bleeding or infection risk. Calluses often accompany cracked heels, exacerbating discomfort. If left untreated, severe cases may lead to infections or difficulty while walking. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat cracked heels effectively. They can remove thickened skin and calluses, offer advice on moisturizing and proper footwear, and address underlying conditions contributing to the problem. Additionally, they may recommend orthotic inserts to relieve pressure on the heels and prevent further cracking. If you have cracked heels that are painful or unsightly, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer relief remedies.

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 Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. 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 offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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