Having cracked heels can be uncomfortable, and this condition can develop for various reasons. Cracked heels may form due to frequently wearing flip flops, or any shoe that has an open back, in addition to standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. This may result in having dry skin on the feet and heels, and may ultimately lead to cracked heels. Severe cracks in the skin are known as fissures, and these may bleed or become infected. Cracked heels can be common among people who are older, because the fat pads may lose elasticity as the aging process occurs. Additionally, medical conditions such as obesity can cause this ailment as a result of the extra weight the heels must endure. Research has shown that heel health can be affected by zinc and iron deficiencies, and it is suggested to incorporate this into your diet after speaking with a podiatrist. Mild relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. If you have developed cracked heels, consult with a podiatrist so they can offer treatment methods.
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 our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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
Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels
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.
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