Your Solution to Dry Cracked Heels!

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Feet that are cracked and dry may be uncomfortable and even painful.  Cracks and dry skin on the feet may cause difficulty with walking if the condition becomes severe, and complications such as skin infections may result.
Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just overexposure or lack of moisturizing. Medically, cracked heels are also known as heel fissures. Fissures are regular linear cut wounds and mostly affect the surface level which comprises of the epidermis. Sometimes it may get deep into the dermis and become painful. Excessive pressure on the feet pads make the feet want to expand sideways. As the skin, surrounding the sides of the feet are dry they crack and cause cracked heels

Here is a compilation of the most common causes that lead to cracked heels:

  • Deficiency of vitamins, minerals and zinc
  • Naturally dry skin or thick dry skin (callus) around the heel that is more likely to crack is often due to excessive feet activity.
  • Prolonged standing at work or home .Hard floors may also cause cracks in the feet.
  • Being overweight may increase the pressure on the normal fat pad under the heel, causing it to expand sideways and if the skin lacks flexibility the pressure on the feet lead to cracked heels
  • Back-open sandals or shoes allow the fat under the heel to expand sideways and increases the possibility of cracks on the heels.
  • Disease and Disorders-Athlete’s foot, Psoriasis, Eczema, Thyroid disease, Diabetes and some other skin conditions may also cause cracked heels.
  • Continuous exposure to water- Water, especially running water, can rob the skin of its natural oils and this can leave the skin dry and rough. Standing for prolonged periods in a damp area such as a bathroom can cause dry and cracked heels.

Here is a list of some other reasons that may lead to cracked heels:

  • Age – Thick dry scaly skin lose elasticity with age and thus cracks have higher incidence with age.
  • Ill fitting shoes, standing for a long time or change in walking posture.
  • Unhygienic circumstances or conditions
  • Unhealthy, dry scaly skin due to climate or diseases
  • Deficiency of vitamins, minerals and zinc

Feet care is not a disorder one can be clueless about. This is also one of the reasons why people almost always neglect it. Primarily, feet care begins with some care. One may seek help to cure their dry cracked heels and feet by using relief measures that include home remedy treatment options which help treat fungus – one of the main causes of dry cracked heels.  At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, we offer the Pedinol Sleep-n-Heel heel rejuvenating kit which consists of night conditioning heel sleeves that contains urea cream, a powerful mosturizer that helps soften the skin on your heels.  This kit also contains the urea cream by itself which you can apply to other areas other than your feet and a softening bar of soap so that you can wash your feet and soften them at the same time.  This soap also helps by allowing the dead skin to wash away while you use it.

You can also Dr. Gabriel Maislos for further information on dry cracked heels causes, treatment, and prevention.

 Call 713-541-3199 to schedule your next appointment.

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Houston Foot and Ankle