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Possible Relief Options for Cracked Heels

The main reason why cracked heels develop is a lack of moisture in the skin. It can happen for various reasons, consisting of standing on hard surfaces for most of the day and wearing shoes with an open back. Medical conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or a thyroid disorder regularly have the symptom of cracked heels. Cracked heels can be unsightly and may develop into a serious foot condition if left untreated. The cracks can deepen and bleed, and these are known as fissures. One of the first signs this condition may be developing is thick skin on the edges of the heels. Temporary relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Additionally, a pumice stone can be used to remove a portion of the thickened skin, and it may help to wear appropriate shoes that can provide adequate heel support. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you permanent relief, which may come from prescribed medicine.

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. David Ungar from Personal Foot Care. 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 Farmington, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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