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Common Reasons Why Cracked Heels Develop

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common foot ailment that can be both unsightly and uncomfortable. Several factors contribute to their development. One primary cause is dry skin. The skin on the soles of your feet is naturally thicker, and when it lacks moisture, it becomes less flexible and more prone to cracking. Another factor is inadequate hydration. Dehydration can affect your body's ability to maintain skin elasticity, making it easier for your heels to crack. Additionally, prolonged standing, especially on hard surfaces, can also contribute to this problem, as it puts extra pressure on the heel area and may lead to cracks. Footwear choices play a significant role. Wearing open-back or poorly fitting shoes can increase friction and pressure on the heel, exacerbating the issue. Various medical conditions, such as diabetes or thyroid disorders, can also affect skin health and potentially lead to cracked heels. People may have lifestyle factors such as excessive bathing or exposure to harsh, dry climates which can contribute to developing cracked heels. If you have cracked heels, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options, which may include prescribed medication.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner 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 Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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