Research has shown the medical condition that is referred to as cracked heels may originate from wearing shoes with an open back, flip flops, or from standing for the majority of the day. The skin on the feet may become dry and hardened, and cracks or fissures may develop from the pressure the feet must endure. The style of walking may play a significant role in the formation of cracked heels, and this may include people whose heels bear the brunt of the body’s weight. Research has shown it may be helpful to stretch the Achilles tendon, and this may aid in even distribution of the weight. Additionally, it may be helpful to wash and dry the feet thoroughly followed by utilizing a good moisturizer. If you are afflicted with cracked heels, it is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer proper guidance in maintaining good foot health.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
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 Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.