Cracked heels is a common foot condition that is unsightly and often causes pain and discomfort. There are several reasons for cracked heels to develop. Once this is known, effective preventive methods can be implemented. Weight gain, walking barefoot, or standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day may cause cracked heels. Remedies can include having extra cushioning in the shoes if it is mandatory to stand all day, losing added weight, and wearing shoes that can protect the feet from outside environments. Some people have medical conditions that may lead to getting cracked heels, consisting of psoriasis or eczema. Taking prescribed medications may help the body’s immune system to improve, which may prevent cracked heels. If you have developed this condition, it is urged that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can recommend relief options, and inform you of additional 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 Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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 offices located in Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.