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Reasons Cracked Heels Can Develop

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

The foot condition that is known as cracked heels often comes from having extremely dry skin. This can happen for a number of reasons, including medical conditions consisting of eczema and psoriasis. Additionally, wearing shoes that have an open back may cause this ailment to develop, or it may also come from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. Cracked heels can cause pain and discomfort, and mild relief may be found when a good moisturizer is frequently used. Many patients find it helpful to soak their feet in warm water, although this may only provide temporary relief. There are effective methods that may help to prevent cracked heels from developing, including wearing shoes that have a closed back, and choosing what type of surface to stand on, if possible. It may help to avoid taking hot showers, in addition to refraining from using lotions that may contain alcohol. If you have cracked heels, please consult with a podiatrist who can recommend the correct treatment option for you, which may include using a prescription cream. 

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 Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

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

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

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. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Littlestown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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