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Remedies for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, those uncomfortable and unsightly fissures in the skin, often catch us off guard. Cracked heels can occur for a variety of factors, with dry skin being a prominent contributor. Excessive exposure to harsh weather, improper footwear, and prolonged standing can exacerbate the issue. Prevention starts with consistent moisturization that consists of regular application of a thick, emollient foot cream that can help to keep the skin supple. Exfoliating gently removes dead skin cells, allowing better absorption of moisturizers. Additionally, wearing well-fitting shoes with proper cushioning minimizes pressure on the heels. In cases of severe cracking, medical attention from a podiatrist may be necessary. Prescription creams and ointments, along with professional treatment, can help to provide relief. Embracing a routine of foot care and protective measures is key to healing those cracks and restoring smooth, comfortable feet. If you are afflicted with cracked heels, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist. 

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 Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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