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Can Cracked Heels be Treated?

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Cracked heels is a common ailment many people endure. There are several causes for this unsightly and painful condition to manifest including diabetes, certain types of dermatitis, or possibly psoriasis. If standing or walking for extended periods of time is part of your daily routine, you may be susceptible to developing cracked heels. This may be due to the added pressure the heels must withstand, causing the fat pad under the heel to expand. Severe cases may produce deep cracks referred to as fissures, and may become infected if left untreated. Research has shown that diabetic patients must pay particular attention to avoiding infections as they may take longer to heal than for non-diabetic patients. The feet will feel better when soaked in warm water followed by utilizing a moisturizing cream on and around the affected areas. A consult with a podiatrist is suggested for information on how to treat and prevent cracked heels.

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 Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. 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 El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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