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Why Do I Have Cracked Heels?

Cracked heels is a foot condition that is more common than many people think. It can happen for various reasons, such as wearing shoes that do not fit correctly and drinking inadequate amounts of water daily. Walking barefoot, in addition to frequently wearing flip-flops or other open-back shoes, may also lead to developing cracked heels. Existing medical conditions, consisting of diabetes, psoriasis, or athlete’s foot, may lead to getting this condition. Obesity may be a reason cracked heels can develop, which can be a result of added weight the body must bear. This is also true of pregnancy, causing cracked heels and swollen feet to happen. Research has shown there may be nutritional deficiencies that can cause this uncomfortable condition, including calcium, iron, and vitamin E. Mild relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer. If you would like additional relief options for cracked heels, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

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 The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. 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 Antioch, and Martinez, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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