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Cracked Heels Can Be Treated

Many people notice that they have cracked heels. It can be unsightly, and patients can feel self-conscious while wearing open-back shoes. If the cracks in the skin become severe, they are known as fissures, and may bleed or become infected. This common foot condition can be caused by wearing shoes that have an open back, or from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Many people find relief by soaking their feet in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. Patients who have medical conditions such as diabetes may be prone to getting cracked heels, and prompt medical attention from a podiatrist is required. People who are obese may have this condition as a result of the added weight the heels must endure. If you have developed this ailment, please speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward treatment methods, which may include prescribed topical creams. 

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 William Street Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, Madison Avenue, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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