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Causes and Symptoms of Cracked Heels

Cracked heels occur when the skin around the heels becomes dry, thickened, and fissured. This condition is often caused by a lack of moisture, leading to the skin's inability to retain hydration and elasticity. While anyone can develop cracked heels, some individuals are at a higher risk. Those who frequently expose their feet to harsh conditions, such as prolonged standing, walking barefoot, or wearing open-back shoes, are more susceptible. Additionally, factors like obesity, diabetes, and aging can contribute to the development of cracked heels. Symptoms of cracked heels include dryness, flakiness, redness, itching, and the formation of deep cracks or fissures. These fissures can be painful and may bleed in severe cases. It is essential to address cracked heels promptly to prevent complications such as infections. If you have developed cracked heels, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide the appropriate treatment methods.

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 Leonard Talarico, DPM from Georgia. 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 Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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