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Lifestyle Factors and Medical Reasons for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are caused by various lifestyle factors and medical reasons. Prolonged standing, wearing open-backed shoes, and walking barefoot on hard surfaces can contribute to the development of dry, cracked skin on the heels. Medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and eczema can also lead to cracked heels by causing dryness and reducing the skin's natural elasticity. To help prevent cracked heels, apply a thick, hydrating lotion to keep the feet moisturized. Wearing supportive, closed-back shoes can help reduce pressure on the heels. Additionally, using a pumice stone to gently exfoliate dead skin and avoiding walking barefoot on hard surfaces can be beneficial. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition, which may include prescribed medicine.

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 Robert Dunne, DPM from Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Center. 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 offices located in Melbourne and Palm Bay, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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