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Definition and Risk Factors for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common foot condition characterized by dry, thickened skin with visible splits or cracks on the heels. These cracks can be superficial and painless, but in severe cases, they may deepen, bleed, or become painful, making walking and standing uncomfortable. Several factors contribute to the development of cracked heels, and some individuals are more susceptible than others. Dry skin, often due to inadequate moisturization or natural skin type, is a primary cause. The skin on the soles of the feet is naturally thicker and can become dehydrated, leading to cracking. Prolonged standing or walking, especially in ill-fitting shoes, can put excessive pressure on the feet and increase the risk. Additionally, underlying health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and psoriasis can make an individual more prone to heel fissures. Effective prevention and treatment for cracked heels include regular moisturizing, wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes, using foot supports, and addressing any underlying health concerns. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can prescribe effective medication for relief and recovery.

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 Houston Foot and Ankle Care. 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 our offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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