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A Closer Look at Causes of Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Cracked heels, a common foot ailment, manifest as fissures or splits in the skin around the heel area. The primary cause of this condition lies in the lack of moisture, leading to dry and hardened skin. Prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces can exacerbate the problem, as the pressure on the feet intensifies. Obesity is another contributing factor, as excess weight puts additional strain on the feet, fostering the development of cracks. In some cases, underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or hypothyroidism may contribute to the dryness of the skin, increasing the risk of cracked heels. Lack of proper foot care, including infrequent moisturizing and neglecting to exfoliate dead skin, further amplifies the susceptibility to cracked heels. Understanding these causes is pivotal for adopting preventive measures and a comprehensive foot care routine, ensuring the maintenance of soft, healthy heels. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment and prevention techniques.

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 one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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