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Podiatrists Can Manage Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common foot condition characterized by fissures or splits in the skin, typically on the heels. They develop due to a combination of factors including dryness, pressure, and callus formation. Common causes include prolonged standing, wearing open-back shoes, obesity, and dry skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Besides being unattractive, cracked heels can become painful, especially if deep fissures form, leading to bleeding or infection risk. Calluses often accompany cracked heels, exacerbating discomfort. If left untreated, severe cases may lead to infections or difficulty while walking. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat cracked heels effectively. They can remove thickened skin and calluses, offer advice on moisturizing and proper footwear, and address underlying conditions contributing to the problem. Additionally, they may recommend orthotic inserts to relieve pressure on the heels and prevent further cracking. If you have cracked heels that are painful or unsightly, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer relief remedies.

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 Barbara J. Aung, DPM from Aung Foot Health Clinic . 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 Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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