Many people enjoy the warmer temperatures outside when summer arrives, and the desire to wear flip flops and open back shoes may increase. This may make people more aware of how their feet look, and the foot condition that is known as cracked heels may become more prominent. It can happen for a variety of reasons, including genetic factors, and standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. Additionally, the aging process and hormonal changes may increase the risk of developing cracked heels, and this may be a result of thinning fat pads that are on the heels. Relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Severely cracked heels are called fissures, and they may begin to bleed. Cracked heels is a condition that is treated by a podiatrist, and it is urged that you consult with this type of doctor who can prescribe the necessary medication if needed.
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 Dwayne A. Lay, DPM from Elite Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 office located in Canton, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.