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Healing Cracked Heels

Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Dry and cracked heels are a common condition that can have a variety of causes, including living in a dry climate, wearing backless shoes, and taking long, hot showers. They can also develop due to age and certain medical conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, and poor circulation. If you have dry, cracked heels, there are things you can do to heal them. Apply a good moisturizer to the heel regularly. Moisturizers with ingredients such as urea, salicylic acid, and lactic acid may help exfoliate and soften the skin. Exfoliating the feet with a pumice stone or scrub can remove dead skin cells. There are also various over-the-counter treatments and orthotic devices available which may help reduce dry, cracked heels by softening the skin and providing extra cushioning. If after home treatment your heels remain dry, or if you have deep, painful cracks, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

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 Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, and Orlando, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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